Elizabeth Street Residence was envisioned and implemented by the creative team at Jackson Clements Burrows and is located in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Especially developed for a large family, the massive building meets the living needs of its inhabitants, while also displaying intriguing design features. According to the architects, “the approach on the site was to find a solution that could be contextual, but also challenge the default rear-yard configuration of the typical suburban dwelling.
This was achieved by dividing the site lengthwise to create a parallel format of ‘house’ versus ‘landscape’. The primary form of the dwelling has been aligned on the southern boundary, enabling the habitable spaces to take full advantage of a panoramic, north-facing garden“. The interiors of the residence are spacious and elegant, characterize by extensive use of wood. Floor to ceiling windows ensure an optimum indoor-outdoor connection, especially in the generously-sized living room, where glazed doors slide open to let in the fresh garden breeze.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests