VIC: At Home With the Architect Visits Albert Park

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On Sunday 10 July, At Home with the Architect visits a residence in Albert Park. Designed by Austin Maynard Architects – ‘Mills, the toy management house’ is the result of radical alterations to a narrow one storey weatherboard terrace, where the fit-out was driven by the clients desire for a kid-friendly home. On the tour architect Andrew Maynard will explain the design process and lead you through the house.

Come and see this amazing extension where only the original facade and front two rooms remain. Many of the features of the residence are the result of the brief, which was to design a light-filled home that could hide the mess typically made by a small child. In response Austin Maynard Architects devised a floor that was a giant toy box. At 450 millimetres deep, it not only provides vast storage and a play space, but also seating for adults at a comfortable height.

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Perforated metal has been used throughout the home to control sunlight and increase air flow, blurring the lines between inside and outside. The glass walls of the living space are offset from the perforated facade, which creates a comfortable outdoor space that feels as though it is within the skin of the house.

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Though the site is small, the architects have maximised natural light and air to all spaces. Like all of Austin Maynard's buildings, sustainability is at the core of the Mills House.

Mills is a complex home, full of ideas, however there are 2 core elements.

1. The floor is a giant toy-box.

2. The rear facade filters and softens the strong sunlight that had previously dominated the backyard.

The floor is the cupboard.


Andrew Maynard founded Andrew Maynard Architects in 2002 and Mark Austin joined the firm in 2007, becoming a director in 2009. The practice, rebranded this year as Austin Maynard Architects, has received numerous industry awards, with their projects and architectural commentary extensively published across both print media and the internet and their work exhibited around the world.

The firm is recognised predominately for its residential design, however they also undertake commercial and cultural projects, design objects, furniture and experimental prefabrication.

The central ethos of their work is to design environments that are both equitable and sustainable.


Location: Albert Park, VIC
Please note that the address and meeting point will only be forwarded to ticket holders in the days immediately before the tour.
Time: 12.00pm - 1.30pm
Date: Sunday 10 July 2016
Tickets: $30 (Early Bird) / $40 (Public) / $25 (AAA Members)

Don't miss your opportunity to experience this privately owned residence, as numbers are limited.

Book your tickets before 3 July 2016 and enjoy an early-bird price. Click here to secure your place on the tour.