Murphy-George House, Kew

Baracco, M and Wright, L 2005, Murphy-George House, Kew, (Creative Work : Design/architecture).

Document type: Creative Work
Collection: Creative Works

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Title Murphy-George House, Kew
Author(s) Baracco, M
Wright, L
Year 2005
Type of work Design/architecture
Outlet Laboratorio Italia - Esposizione d'Architettura, ,Parma, Italy
Dates 19 - 25 September 2005
Medium Various media (drawings & built work)
This project investigates issues related to architectural sustainability. The design approach tests the combination of architectural and landscape solutions with judicious minimal gestures that create spaces for various different activities.

The design tests the sustainability of a residential project that is enlarged through minimal interventions. It questions the relevance of usual suburban strategies for extension and renovation and critically resists them, offering thoughtful alternative solutions. The front entry to the house is solved through an addition that is at once a garage, entry, deck and landscape space. Unlike typical suburban housing, there is no garden fence; instead an unfenced garden is created that is part of a landscape and provides privacy. Minimal interventions are further tested in a renovation and addition that occurred at different stages and also required designs for furniture and interiors. The existing garage in the backyard and a small new infill volume in the gap between this garage and the house create additional residential space.

The project was exhibited at the International Exhibition Laboratorio Italia, Esposizione d'Architettura, Parma, Italy 2005. It is published in books and magazines including: d'A Rivista Italiana d'Architettura, no.29, 2006; Design City Melbourne, 2006 by Leon van Schaik; and Courtyards for Modern Living - Contemporary Outdoor Spaces, 2008 by Stephen Crafti. The project is regularly included as a destination for public architectural tours."
Subject Architectural Design
Additional Notes

Photos taken in MurphyGeorgeHouse_1.pdf by Aaron Pocock,

Photo taken in MurphyGeorgeHouse_2.pdf by Louise Wright

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