Bild Architecture have completed the renovations of an original 1930’s Californian bungalow in Melbourne’s, and resulted the ‘Blurred House’, an alternative proposition; that of a blurring between ‘old’ and ‘new’ architectural elements to produce a perfect hybrid integration. Professionally, the architects work gradually to completed transitioning from the vernacular to the contemporary, the division of architectural elements are deliberately ambiguous, to producing a unique formal and visual language.?? A hybrid of both old and new, oscillating between the past and present, the building sits comfortably in the street scape as something familiar yet alien. Distinct from both the area’s new housing and the original suburban fabric the ‘Blurred House’ is neither little red riding hood or the big bad wolf, somewhere in between. Viewed from the street, the house appears largely unchanged, with a small clerestory window the only hint of reconfiguration. Both internally and externally; moving through the house, new materials, spatial characters and formal language is progressively introduced. By the time of arrival in the back yard, the house has evolved into a different building; no longer recognizable from its original starting point; an architectural ‘rabbit in a hat’.
Reflecting the formal strategy of transition, rooms at the front of the property are left largely unadulterated, remaining more enclosed. On the other hand, living spaces to the rear are progressively more open and interconnected embracing the garden and pool areas. These varied spaces respond to different ‘modes’ of living, with different volumetric, acoustic, and light qualities. Whilst these spaces are linked to a greater or lesser degree, they are not ‘open plan’ in a conventional sense, rather configured in a more nuanced distribution of distinct spaces and functions.
images courtesy of tanja milboure photography
Tags: Bild Architecture, Blurred House, hybrid architectural elements, Melbourne’s, original 1930’s Californian bungalow renovations, perfect hybrid integration, small clerestory window, tanja milboure photography
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