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8 Yard House
by Studio Bright

8 Yard House by Studio Bright
Photo by Photography by Rory Gardiner

Studio Bright has designed 8 Yard House in Melbourne, Australia.

This project, on a double-fronted site in inner suburban Melbourne, is an existing dilapidated brick veneer that interrupted the procession of terrace house facades. Meanwhile, the new 8 Yard House insertion is seen as a street-healing gesture, but nevertheless true to its own time and purpose.

This new house for a large family reflects our ongoing desire to prioritise outdoor spaces as much as indoor. Rather than have one singular backyard and the bulk of the house as one mass, the planning and spaces are distributed along the length of the site, punctuated with a series of variously sized outdoor courtyards.

By applying the streetscape rhythm to parts of its proportions and fenestration, the street facade seeks to both empathise with context and yet address the disruptive site width. Accommodating a bedroom-garden-courtyard in direct proximity to the street, the brick surface softens and dissolves from a referenced formal composition to a more ambiguous receding curved hit-and-miss screen element, while still holding onto material continuity.

This project has been longlisted in the urban house category of Dezeen Awards 2022.

Designer: Studio Bright

Project: 8 Yard House


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