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Florally Screened Homes

This Modern Family Residence Features a Box Extension

— July 21, 2014 — Art & Design
Studio 53 converted an Australian workers cottage, originally built in the early 1900s, into a modern family residence.

The architects wished to enhance the existing craftsmanship of the home, as well as create more space within a relatively small site. This meant creating an extension on the ground floor that contains the courtyard, essentially blurring the distinction between indoors and out.

Upstairs, an addition was added by placing a 'box' on top of the lower level. A perforated screen featuring a floral motif covers it for sun protection. The architects explain, "Internally, the box is its own zone; bedrooms, bathroom and play room for the children. Externally[,] the box defines the character of the extension, highlighting the change from existing house to contemporary home in a sympathetic but contrasting manner."
Trend Themes
1. Indoor-outdoor Blurring - Opportunity for innovative design that merges indoor and outdoor spaces in residential and commercial architecture.
2. Perforated Screens - Potential for the use of decorative and functional perforated screens as a design element in building facades and interiors.
3. Box Extensions - Emerging trend of adding box-like extensions to existing structures to create additional living or work space.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture - Opportunity for architects to create innovative designs that incorporate trends such as the blurring of indoor and outdoor spaces and box extensions.
2. Construction - Opportunity for construction companies to embrace the use of innovative building materials and techniques, such as perforated screens, in the development of modern structures.
3. Interior Design - Potential for interior designers to incorporate perforated screens as a decorative or functional element in home and commercial spaces.
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