Passive Extension and Renovation: Magnolia Soul Family House

Passive Extension and Renovation, Magnolia Soul Family House

Project: Passive Extension / Magnolia Soul
Architects: Green Sheep Collective
Builders: Excelsior Master Builders
Location: Fairfield, Victoria, Australia
Project Year 2017
Photographer: Emma Cross

This passive extension and renovation creates a warm, robust, family and pet friendly space, while protecting a mature Magnolia x soulangeana tree and maximising garden area. The project was completed in 2017 by Green Sheep Collective

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Views of the magnolia tree are intentionally framed by the roof structure, through a high angled window and bay window seat. The generous and versatile window seat creates a lovely place to relax, read a book, admire the flowering magnolia or sit on the edge of the garden.

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High angular ceilings offer views of the magnolia, allow dappled light to penetrate deep into the residence and provide ‘stack effect’ ventilation. A sunken living space takes advantage of the existing raised floor level by creating a playful step to the garden that doubles as informal living and dining seating.

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The building envelope and form are designed to accommodate a temperate climate. Unwanted summer heat gain is prevented by appropriately designed eaves, a batten screen, blinds, cross ventilation, a pergola with deciduous planting, and ‘stack effect’ cooling aided by ceiling fans.

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The design carefully considers the spatial requirements of internal spaces to reduce built form and maximise garden area. A reduction in building form due to flexible programming and clever joinery results in fewer construction materials, less maintenance, reduced heating and cooling costs and a lower overall environmental footprint.

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