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The Gold Street House responds to the rear laneway character of garage doors, timber fences and the neglected left-over spaces from the terrace houses that front the opposing street. We felt that these homes (like many terrace typologies) abandoned the rear of their terrace fronting Gold Street, and over the years have cultivated a language of gable/hipped roof building forms and utilitarian lean-to structures of light-weight materials such as compressed sheet; a very low tech economically driven decision.

Our response was to celebrate and reinterpret our context rather than to pretend that it was not there (the elephant we cannot see in the corner so to speak). The strategy was to insert a galvanized steel portal frame that encompasses the entire perimeter of the structure and is diagrammatically and symbolically translated as the ‘symbol’ of a ‘house’ as opposed to a simple ambiguous, anonymous building.

The materiality of the house incorporates and engages with the architectural language surrounding the contextual vernacular of black metal wall and roof cladding, painted compressed sheeting and timber paneling. By critically arranging these materials and their application, the house proudly and boldly addresses the street in its bright red and purple colours.

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