The Screen House Camberwell

This project is for modest yet highly detailed alterations and additions to an existing detached weatherboard Edwardian residence with a rear Western aspect in the leafy Melbourne suburb, Camberwell, Vic.
As well as the living area additions, the brief called for the upgrading of existing bath rooms, wardrobes, improved floor plan, a swimming pool, and landscaping. The design solution focused on the interaction with the garden and outdoor space while managing the potentially harsh Western aspect of the site.
Designed by Warc Studio Architects, windows, cabinetry, walls and ceilings were also strategically placed to unveil views and openings to the outside. On entering the house, the main corridor provides an immediate view through to the rear garden. As the occupants proceed towards the rear, a series of views unfold: the North garden framed by cabinetry; glimpses of the sky through a strip skylight; views of trees through high level windows; screened views to the Western outdoor areas.
The rear additions are cloaked in timber hardwood screens that mitigate the Northern and Western sunlight while maintaining views and visual surveillance of the pool area. The screens can be opened to maximise the afternoon sun during Winter as well as enabling maintenance to the facade.

Photos Aaron Pocock

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