Project Brickface by Austin Maynard Architects features contrasting small red and blue glazed bricks to introduce light and shadow.
If you’re a fan of sustainable architecture today might be your lucky day. Austin Maynard Architects is a studio that lives to strike a balance between built projects and bold polemical design studies. They are known for embracing issues such as livability, culture, heritage, mental health and modern isolation with sustainable design projects which are environmentally conscious.
Recently the studio was involved in a project called Brickface, a sustainable recycled-brick house situated at the rear of an existing house in Richmond, Melbourne. The client’s request included a new building at the end of their rear yard, replacing the previous existing garage.
While the past garage was larger and dominated the garden space, the new construction seems to be taller but smaller, tighter and more efficient, maximizing the rear yard.
Brickface consists of a ground level garage which features a studio living/guest suite at the first floor and a roof deck. The main living space extends to the home’s entertaining area that includes a pool and a roof terrace. The backdrop to this view is the home’s rising high wall.
Built out of recycled red brick, Brickface is contrasted by red and blue glazed bricks to introduce light, shadow, pattern and color to its architecture.
Sculptural elements include round windows, a parapet and a spiral staircase.
The project sits hard up to the laneway on two sides in a corner position and terminates a row of garage doors and newer outbuildings that tumble down the hill.
Its interior design features minimalist aesthetics where vivid blues, light wooden doors and contemporary black and white furniture coexist in perfect balance.
In the living room plenty of natural lighting is provided by a large round window, as well as a serene connection to nature.
The bedroom design follows similar concepts including smaller round windows that are placed asymmetrically, as well as bohemian patterns and dark flooring.