Camberwell clinker

Located in leafy suburb of Camberwell Victoria on a unique L shape block, overlooking a park. The existing architecture is rendered precast at first floor, sitting on external clinker brick planes at its base. Its living areas were originally situated at first floor. The brief was to create more space for a large family and importantly to create a better connection to the outdoors but not lose the views of the neighbouring parkland.

To resolve this negotiation, AM Architecture created a new split level for the living areas and the entry was re-routed. The feeling of being in the new space is of standing on-top the fence, in total connection with the park, with the split level allowing a lofty ceiling to accept the leafy aspect.

The pavilion concept emerged organically with timber posts form the boundaries of a “pavilion” and support a timber lined canopy overhead. The rhythm of these posts creates a tactility and depth to the edg-es of the space, modulating the hardness of the glass surface. The external clinker brick planes re-appear to bookend the new interior, suggesting that the living areas are an external space.

The space defers to its mid-century roots in its horizontality, honesty in steel connections and braces, natural materials and joinery details. An external venetian blind enlarges the ubiquitous 50’s venetian, and the space is furnished with mid-century but forward looking furniture.

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