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Perversi-Brooks Architects, Chalet, Ben Hosking

Swiss-Mexican Chalet in Australia

The client, who comes from the French-speaking area of Switzerland, used to work as a chef and as the owner of a toy museum. This passionate collector of unusual or even bizarre objects is now trying his hand as an artist. In this project, he was inspired by Mexican colours, patterns and pictures.

The existing house, located near Malmsbury, was originally a simple mud-brick cabin from the 1970s, crammed full of its extensive collection of objects, toys and artworks. The owner wanted not only more light in the house, but also more wall surfaces to accommodate his many curios. Perversi-Brooks Architects have redesigned the interior spaces and added a 10-m² glazed verandah, which faces north and offers space to sit and relax.

This new conservatory lets the light into the living spaces of the house and visually connects the house to the surrounding landscape. The old façade has been painted white, which creates an airier overall effect. 

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