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15 Young Firms to Watch: Andrew Maynard Architects, Melbourne, Australia

15 Young Firms to Watch: Andrew Maynard Architects, Melbourne, Australia

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    Peter Bennetts

    The Tattoo House’s two-story addition meets local design requirements for 70 percent opacity on second-story windows by using oversized UV-resistant stickers created from photos taken at a nearby park.
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    The stickers’ organic shapes produce a dappled pattern of light, much like the shade of real trees would do.
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    The clean lines and rectilinear form kept the project on budget and generate open airy gathering spaces inside and out.
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    Nic Granleese

    The recently completed Hillside House epitomizes Andrew Maynard’s philosophy of assimilating houses into their natural surroundings so occupants can connect with the outdoors.
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    To accommodate a family of five as well as take advantage of what little sun this narrow back yard receives, Maynard placed a two-story addition at the back edge of the site. The lower level kitchen is encased in a hill, which provides the family with lunging and playing space.
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    A deep wall links the existing house to the new spaces, provides privacy from nearby neighbors, and opens up as a really long window seat running the length of the courtyard.
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    Simple sturdy materials finish off the interiors and should stand up to three growing kids over the years.
 

andrew maynard architects
melbourne, australia
www.maynardarchitects.com

Andrew Maynard has been drawing, sketching, and illustrating things since he can remember. In college, studying architecture let him indulge his artistic passion and support himself. “Also,” Maynard adds, “I like the fact that architecture is a type of art that the everyday public must interact with.”

After graduating from the University of Tasmania, Maynard worked for big firms including Six Degrees Architects, Allom Lovell (now Lovell Chen), and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. During this time, he won regional and international awards, but he craved more creative freedom. As a result, he returned to his hometown of Melbourne to start his eponymous firm in 2002.

Andrew Maynard Architects focuses on sustainable, primarily residential design, but it’s also interested in myriad concepts that help green our planet—like a zero waste table, a suburb-eating robot, and a high-tech house with a low-brow name (Poop House) that builds itself using household waste. For his built projects, Maynard looks to inform clients that living in bold but efficient spaces with indoor-outdoor integration considerably improves the occupants’ quality of life. “In residential architecture we need to convince our clients that small is better,” Maynard says. “Large houses are unhealthy, unsustainable, they separate families, and most important they dislocate us from outdoor space.”

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years in practice: 10 / projects completed in 2011: 5 / firm size: 5 / areas of interest: residential, prefab, affordable