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O’Reilly Budd Extension, Thornbury

Entered from the side, this extension is defined by three distinct prismatic forms, sculpted to suit the scale and functional requirements of the site.

  • Shortlist – Residential Alterations & Additions Category

    Victorian Architecture Awards 2002

    Client Brief

    This project, born out of a brief typical to projects of this nature, comprises a new living, kitchen, wetarea functions, and an upstairs bedroom joined to the rear of an existing detached worker’s cottage.

    Design Response

    Entered from the side, the scheme presents itself as an arrangement of three distinct prismatic forms which are sculpted to suit the scale and functional requirements of the site. The larger of these forms – which is double storeyed and contains the kitchen and bedroom over, sits in the middle of the site to minimise townplanning issues concerning the effects of overshadowing and building bulk whilst the middle form containing the family/living areas sits lower and expresses its shape through a contoured ceiling. The third form operates as an ‘outdoor room’ relating specifically to the rear yard area to the north, and is made from sail-tailored garden shade mesh stretched over a timber and welded steel frame.

  • Design Specifications

    Services Provided

    • Full Services


    Workshop Architecture


    Project Team: James Staughton, Esad Dautovic, Simone Koch
    Photographer: Shannon McGrath

    Date completed



    Thornbury, Victoria

  • Extension for a Home, Alejandro Bahamon (ed.), The Magic of Tents Transforming Space, Harper Design International, 2004;

    House Music, Christopher Moore, Houses Magazine, Issue 32, 2003;

    Practical Magic, Melinda Houston, The Age : Domain, 7 August 2002;

    RAIA Thornbury House, Stephen Crafti, The Age : Domain, 12 June 2002;

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