Tuesday, March 23, 2010

{eco} design: Andrew Maynard

Andrew Maynard Architect (AMA) doesn't really require much introduction.  He's had his fair share of great press...just check out his 'about' page and cruise the long list of awards and recognition he's received.  Well deserved, may I add.  Andrew is high on my list of top ten sustainable architects, mostly because he is NOT AFRAID, period, of pushing the envelope and seeing what comes of it.  The Australian architect's designs are radical, unusual and nothing short of spectacular.  Many of his projects are remodels, and perhaps my favourite thing about Andrew is that the new section of the house is seamlessly integrated while radically different at the same time.  How many times have you heard a designer say..."I want the addition to look like its always been there", or something similar?  Not this guy.  Andrew acknowledges the heritage of the house by keeping the basic architectural structure, and then creating something entirely new and incredibly unique.  Oh, and by the way, its wonderfully modern and organic too!  Take the following, The Barrow House, and you'll see what I mean.

"The Barrow extension appears as an arrangement of timber boxes, each independently rotated and subjected to varying amounts of extruding and manipulating forces." AMA

{lovely wood, layers and layers of it, and someday, I'm going to have glass bifold doors like that too...}

{simple...yet effective.}

{enjoy the contradictions.}

{am fanatically obsessed with this.}

{i included this shot so you can see what I mean...the original house is visible at the back.}

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