FMD Architects renovated and extended a home in Mornington, Australia, by sheathing it in black aluminum sheets and using CLT for the framing.
The project worked around the existing house, which the architects used as the real basis for the whole project. They first multiplied the spaces on its ground floor to create the rooms requested by the client, then they used the volume thus recovered to build an extension in the form of a bridge. The project was to take off with the construction of an articulated connecting volume positioned above the old house. The final effect is very simple, so its shape is instantly readable.
The saw-tooth roof creates oblique sheds reminiscent of early 20th century factories, topped with solar panels.
The frame supporting the entire system was designed from the outset in CLT (Cross Laminated Timber), a wood material that does not appear on the outside of the building, the facade being covered with sheet metal. This duality surprises as soon as you enter the house, where visible screw connections connect large beams to the slender and elegant shapes of the pillars. Thus the exterior walls not only correspond to the filling elements, but their stiffening structure contributes to the furnishing of the house, the horizontal elements becoming an interesting library, without revealing that they are part of the framework of the building.
The exterior cladding chosen by the architects is striking, because although the house is located in a beautiful pine forest, the corrugated black sheet panels create interesting and original visual effects.
Project: FMD Architects – Melbourne
Project location: Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
Project team: Fiona Dunin, Jayme Collins, Bianca Pearson, Rob Kolak, Alex Peck, Andrew Carija, Owen Castley
Manufacturer: CCB Envico Pty Ltd
Structural Engineer: Vistek Structural Engineers
Supply of CLT: Xlam Australia, Stora Enso Austria
Technical connections: Rothoblaas Australia
Cladding/Roofing: Unlimited roofing
Landscape Architect: Client
Area: 560m2 new & renovated
Site area: 8 hectares
Photographer: Diana Snape