Bent Architecture's wooden extension screens a Melbourne home from neighbouring "McMansion"

The steeply angled roofs of a wooden pavilion and extension by Bent Architects will screen a family home in Australia from a "monster" development on an adjoining plot of land (+ slideshow).

Bent Pavilion by Bent Architecture

Bent Architecture added a two-storey extension and a wooden structure, named Bent Pavilion, in the back garden of a Melbourne house as a preemptive measure for a client concerned about being overlooked by a proposed "McMansion".

Bent Pavilion by Bent Architecture

The local studio designed the angular timber-clad extension to house a double-height living room and a master bedroom suite, with windows that slant away from the proposed development site.

Bent Pavilion by Bent Architecture

The two-storey addition is arranged in an L-shape with a solid wooden facade at bedroom level. This wooden-clad volume that juts out over a glazed doorway to form a porch.

Bent Pavilion by Bent Architecture

The space is faced in roughly hewn cypress wood on both the interior and exterior, and has a brick and solid timber staircase that rises through the living space to the bedroom suite.

Bent Pavilion by Bent Architecture

This atrium has a tilted glass facade that maintains privacy while creating a "dramatic connection to the outdoors."

Bent Pavilion by Bent Architecture

Dark wooden slats that contrast the interior cypress-wood cladding partially enclose a walkway and bedroom on the upper floor while allowing views over the atrium.

Bent Pavilion by Bent Architecture

A wooden pavilion with a folded roof positioned on high ground in the back garden acts "as a visual shield" between the two properties.

Bent Pavilion by Bent Architecture

"The Bent Pavilion was initiated to consider a solution for protecting the amenity of a suburban home that would soon be flanked by a McMansion proposed on a neighbouring site," said studio director Paul Porjazoski.

Bent Pavilion by Bent Architecture

This structure, which has open sides and a slatted roof that allow light to pass through into the garden, sits on an area of decking made up of repurposed timber interspersed with new pieces of native Australian hardwood.

Bent Pavilion by Bent Architecture

The decking "floats over the natural sloping landscape," said the architect.  It terraces into a series of descending brick platforms, which lead towards the entrance to the extension. The wooden porch over the entrance to the extension overhangs the lowest level of brick terracing.

Bent Pavilion by Bent Architecture

The red brickwork continues through the glazed door onto two lower steps of the otherwise timber staircase and part way across the living room floor, where it transitions to cypress floorboards beyond the foot of the stairs.

Bent Pavilion by Bent Architecture

"Terraces of varying sizes and textures push their way into the dwelling's interior; the northern wall of the home opens up and brick paving spills in to reinforce the connection," said the architect.

Bent Pavilion by Bent Architecture

Images are by Folded Bird Photography.

Bent Pavilion by Bent Architecture
Ground floor plan – click for larger image
Bent Pavilion by Bent Architecture
First floor plan – click for larger image