Tower Home – A Collaboration From Child To Architect
The Tower House is an excellent example of what’s possible when you employ and trust an exceptional architect.
This specifically designed home is highly considered to include smart design features, is environmentally aware and personalised to fit this individual families wishes.
The Tower House has already won a myriad of awards this year. The home was the collaboration of two 8-year-old twins, client and architect Andrew Maynard.
Key requirements when commening this design were to achieve “a community engagement, art and for nature to come together”. So Maynard designed them a village.
Whilst architect and client sat down to talk specs at the first meeting their boys where given paper and pencils to amuse themselves. By the end of the meeting the boys presented their sketches of the house they wanted to live in with notations. There where a number of great ideas which help kick start the process.
The Tower House is a renovation and extended weatherboard. They initially restored the original house to accommodate the two kids’ rooms, a bathroom and living spaces. Then added a studio, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and dining.
Tower House is similar to a village externally and a home internally. It’s environmentally credentials include all openings optimise passive solar, all windows are double-glazed and there is a water tank. The chose of a white roof has drastically reduced urban heat sink and transfer. The need to add air-conditioning is eliminated through active management of shade, and flow through ventilation. In addition there’s high performance insulation everywhere, even in the walls of the original house.
Highlights & considerations include:
The Net hanging in the boys studio space is designed for them to enjoy reading and other activities. The boys studio also features a floor to ceiling bookshelf.
Mum’s spot is the library aimed at thought and contemplation. The desk is slightly submerged and has a close connection to the garden. Dad’s retreat is in the roof above the kitchen. It’s simply lined in synthetic grass , there’s a banana lounge and his current book.
The house has the ability to adapt for changing need of a family including hosting guests to grandparents. There are two separate zones with two entrances. In addition, a sliding panel in the original house allows the larger shared rooms to be divided into smaller ones.
A sensational story of collaboration between architect and client and I love the fact they decided to roll with many of the kids ideas.
Tower House Awards
Winner Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
John and Phyllis Murphy Award – Victorian Architecture Awards
Finalist – House of the year – World Architecture Festival 2015
Winner: 2015 House Awards – Alterations & Additions Over 200m2
Architect: Andrew Maynard Architects
Design Architect: Andrew Maynard
Project Architect: Mark Austin
Photos: Peter Bennetts
Builder: Overend Constructions
Engineer: Maurice Farrugia and Associates
Garden and Landscape: Bush Projects and Andrew Maynard Architects
Landscape contractor: Lucida Landscapes
STAINED GLASS: Leigh Schellekens