Zigzag roofs top extension in Melbourne by Austin Maynard Architects

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RaeRae by Maynard Architects

Two terraces in Melbourne have been joined together and given an extension with a zigzag roof by Austin Maynard Architects.

Called RaeRae House, the project retains the facades of the original elongated terraces due to heritage requirements.

RaeRae by Maynard Architects

After initially planning to refurbish their house, when the neglected neighbouring property came up for sale the owners decided to purchase it and merge its footprint into a single, large plot with a garden.

Austin Maynard Architects kept small sections of the existing frontages containing an office and guest bedroom.

RaeRae by Maynard Architects

A glass corridor, sandwiched between the two existing frontages, leads through into the new L-shaped block.

The new buildings create a yard-like space as well as new facade to the street that runs along the site’s western edge.

RaeRae by Maynard Architects

“Initially it looks to be a fanciful design, an architectural mountain range, but at its core the house is responsive and strategic,” said the studio.

“The roof form is contextual, every rise and fall is tuned to minimise overshadowing and visual bulk, only truly apparent if it were studied from above.”

RaeRae by Maynard Architects

While the roofline and varied facade treatments give the impression of many individual buildings, the interior is in fact one large space.

Living areas and spaces for the parents are organised along the southern edge, with spaces for the children to the west.

RaeRae by Maynard Architects

These spaces can be subdivided or left open to one another using a series of sliding doors.

A secondary glazed corridor connects to the guest bedroom at the front of the home directly to the living area.

RaeRae by Maynard Architects

“Every part of the house can be a secluded space, closed off with hidden sliding doors, or opened up to be free flowing,” said the studio.

“The occupants can be engaged and connected or alone and private.”

RaeRae by Maynard Architects

In the living room, light is drawn in by an internal glazed courtyard that frames the brick wall of the existing terrace.

This light reached deeper into RaeRae House’s kitchen and dining room, each of which can open into the garden through a sliding door.

RaeRae by Maynard Architects

Above, a taller section of the block houses the master bedroom, accessed via a dark wood and black steel staircase.

The bedroom overlooks the garden thorough a large window surrounded by a metal canopy.

RaeRae by Maynard Architects

In the children’s block at the western end of the garden, a large play room sits at ground floor level.

A spiral metal staircase leads up to two bedrooms, connected by a small bridge that allows the space below to be overlooked.

RaeRae by Maynard Architects

Externally, ivory-coloured bricks and ash cedar board alternately define RaeRae House’s elevations.

White metal canopies and door surrounds extend into the garden.

RaeRae by Maynard Architects

Inside, white and wooden walls and ceilings that follow the steep pitch of the roofline create bright, open spaces.

Terrazzo flooring features in the common areas, and carpeted floors in the bedrooms.

RaeRae by Maynard Architects

Founded by Andrew Maynard in 2002, Austin Maynard Architects have completed numerous homes across Australia, including a shingle-clad extension to a bungalow in Canberra and a cylindrical, timber beach house in Victoria.

Photography is by Peter Bennetts.

Project credits:

Architect: Austin Maynard Architects
Builder: Overend Construction
Styling: Augie Interiors

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