An Eclectic Collage: King Bill House in Fitzroy
Architect: Austin Maynard Architects
Location: Fitzroy, Melbourne (AU)
A family of four commissioned Austin Maynard with the design for a “forever house”. They wanted not only more living space, but also a spacious garden. In the planning, the architects were inspired by the wonderfully eclectic environment of Fitzroy, a suburb of Melbourne: the brick buildings and holiday homes that stand directly next to simple postwar structures, warehouses, factory buildings and tin huts.
King Bill House is a tribute to this unique diversity. However, it creates an impression that is neither nostalgic nor an ironic form of commentary. Austin Maynard describe their design as a “love letter to Fitzroy”. The area’s structural disorder has been translated into a built story, a compelling arrangement of textures, materials and shapes.