McBride Charles Ryan re-works suburban notion of 'the home' with renovation of Edwardian house in Victoria, Australia
McBride Charles Ryan have designed and completed Cloud House, the addition to and renovation of a double-fronted Edwardian house in Fitzroy North, Victoria, Australia. The house has received several additions and modifications over the course of a century, and its current design sees an entirely new and striking construction approach.
The house has been designed in three distinct sections, to allow unexpected views of and out of the house as you move throughout the home. A key aspect of the concept was the leave the street facade as untouched as possible, to preserve the integrity of the neighbourhood property presence and out of respect for the residents. The neat and modest appearance of the house conceals the internal renovation work behind the house.
The interiors are largely white in colour, decorated by an exotic floral hallway carpet. This journey through the space is followed by the observer's encounter with a large, red-coloured box-kitchen in the heart of the property, which acts as a link from expected space to the unexpected. A cloud-shaped extrusion is the unexpected space located behind the property in the garden. The emphasis here is on play and fun, and is a social area where family and friends can group together.
This area faces south whilst allowing the sun from the north into the living area. The play between the traditional and the new undermines uniformed suburban life, whilst at the same time supporting a harmonious and appropriate existence between the properties on an urban street.