Architecture Design of RaeRae House

Description About The Project

RaeRae House designed by Austin Maynard Architects is a home expansion project which turned into something altogether more adventurous and surprising. Largely hidden behind a cottage – lined street, RaeRae House draws anyone into a whole new world unconventional but thoroughly logical project. Also, the home sees the retention of two pre existing Victorian cottage façades, with a glazed entry sitting between the two, set back from these totems of history. Indeed, Austin Maynard creates a considered impression of discovery to unveil a home that bridges time and transcends a typified response.

From the exterior, the house makes an impactful first impression with a jagged roofline. According to the architects, “Initially it looks to be a fanciful design, an architectural mountain range, but at its core, the house is responsive and strategic. The RaeRae House is wonderful contextual and reactive in both exterior and interior elements.

RaeRae is a new five-bedroom family home that incorporates the front of two pre-existing terrace homes. The entry leads from the front garden to reveal more greenery, through to a lounge, kitchen, and dining room. Above the kitchen is the parent’s bedroom. Beyond the dining room and concealed laundry room, is the two-storey kids-zone, with three bedrooms and a bathroom accessed via a spiral staircase. Below is a rumpus room, a study, and a multifunctional utility/garage space. The front room of one of the existing terrace houses is now a self-contained guest suite, including a separate entrance via the original front door. The other terrace is now a home office and, located behind the other front door, a garden shed which leads directly through to the central garden.

The Architecture Design Project Information:

RaeRae house like Stunning mountain range by Austin Maynard Architects
The exterior materials are simple and refined. Also, brickwork and timber framed openings meet minimal, structural steel awnings. Then significantly reduce construction cost while also create a unique pattern and material beauty to display of RaeRae House.
RaeRae house like Stunning mountain range by Austin Maynard Architects
RaeRae house like Stunning mountain range by Austin Maynard Architects
The architects knew the roof would be clearly visible within the neighborhood, so they opted to use slate for its beautiful aesthetic.
RaeRae house like Stunning mountain range by Austin Maynard Architects
RaeRae house like Stunning mountain range by Austin Maynard Architects
Indeed, the architects were able to analyze the sun’s patterns and how they would impact shadows across the garden and adjacent properties, creating the unique roof form for RaeRae House.
RaeRae house like Stunning mountain range by Austin Maynard Architects
RaeRae house like Stunning mountain range by Austin Maynard Architects
RaeRae house like Stunning mountain range by Austin Maynard Architects
The main living space is open and bright with large openings that embrace the garden. Also, an interior courtyard separates the main living space from a guest suite.
RaeRae house like Stunning mountain range by Austin Maynard Architects
Simple wood joinery provides a nice backdrop to the muted dining area. A salt and pepper finish on the concrete slab carries throughout the main floor plan of RaeRae House.
RaeRae house like Stunning mountain range by Austin Maynard Architects
Large openings directly connect the interior living spaces with the garden. A thin metal canopy includes a special detail on which items can hang.
A spiral staircase leads to a bathroom and three bedrooms above. A perforated steel landing connects the bedrooms above and bridges a double height main living space.
RaeRae house like Stunning mountain range by Austin Maynard Architects
The master suite follows an open concept with the bath open to the sleeping area. A freestanding tub pairs with a wood and Corian vanity.
RaeRae house like Stunning mountain range by Austin Maynard Architects
In the kitchen, there is a hidden pantry, appliance storage shelves, and a food prep area. A slide away glass backsplash reveals additional cooking gadgets behind.
RaeRae house like Stunning mountain range by Austin Maynard Architects
RaeRae house like Stunning mountain range by Austin Maynard Architects
The master bedroom RaeRae House of feels like its own retreat with vaulted ceilings, colorful accents, and a bathtub positioned in an angled nook.
RaeRae house like Stunning mountain range by Austin Maynard Architects
RaeRae house like Stunning mountain range by Austin Maynard Architects
RaeRae house like Stunning mountain range by Austin Maynard Architects
RaeRae house like Stunning mountain range by Austin Maynard Architects

The RaeRae House Gallery:

Text by the Architects: Unconventional but thoroughly logical. Like a German sports car, the beauty of RaeRae’s exterior belies the highly tuned rationalism that generated it. Responsive, contextual, and strategic, this is a functional home with nuanced moments of surprise and discovery. 

Photo credit: Peter Bennetts | Source: Austin Maynard Architects

For more information about this project; please contact the Architecture firm :
– Add: 1/458 Swanston St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia
– Tel: +61 497 020 635
– Email: [email protected]

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