Friday, October 7, 2011

Modern Home 2011

Law Street House by Muir Mendes
A drawbridge-like flap lowers from the steel-plated facade of this Melbourne bunker to reveal a bedroom window.

Australian architects Muir Mendes designed Law Street House for themselves.

The building occupies the site of a former workman’s cottage and is flanked on three sides by other houses.

Designed to be termite-proof, the house features a steel structure plus steel doors, window frames and joinery, as well as a tallow wood floor that is unpalatable to the bugs.
Law Street House by Muir Mendes
A bedroom, living area and bathroom occupy the ground floor of the two-storey property, while a study, second bedroom and second bathroom are located on the first floor.
Law Street House by Muir Mendes
A double-height corridor crosses the house and is naturally lit by a skylight.
Law Street House by Muir Mendes
Law Street House is the fourth Australian house to be featured on Dezeen this month, after a cliff-top home anda glass-roofed residence in Sydney, and a cantilevered house in Melbournesee all our stories about Australia here.
Law Street House by Muir Mendes
Photography is by Peter Bennetts.
Law Street House by Muir Mendes
Here’s more information from the architects:

Law Street House
Located in a tight single lane street in South Melbourne the original dilapidated one bedroom workman’s cottage built in the 1880s formed the initial brief for architect’s/owner builders Bruno Mendes and Amy Muir. To pursue the desire to construct using ones own hands formed a very important part of the brief.
Joe Mendes who manages steel fabrication for a large construction company formed the final link. The following 3 and a half years of demolition, excavation and construction would be referred to as ‘the daddy Mendes apprenticeship’.

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