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Vivarium, floor plan

Vivarium

In time this house will be consumed by its gardens. Already the buzz of pollination fills the air: bees, blowies and butterflies. Nestled between three native crops, nature has the jump start. An extension to an existing Thornbury cottage, the new living areas are landscape as much as they are house, tangled through with greenery.

This is a house that sympathises with its environment, locally and globally. Wherever possible, products have been locally sourced, and materials have been selected for their low environmental impact.

Location  Thornbury
Completed  2019
Awards  2021, Victorian Architecture Awards, winner
  2021, Victorian Architecture Awards (sustainability), shortlisted
  2021, Architeam Awards, winner
  2021, Houses Awards, shortlisted
  2021, Houses Awards (sustainability), shortlisted
 
Details  See floor plan
Photos  Tom Ross
Media  Houses
  The Local Project
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We wanted to minimise our environmental impact in the renovation of our house and sought out a sympathetic design practice. Architecture architecture were collaborative and thoughtful and have crafted for us a serene and peaceful home that is aligned with our values around sustainability.

Kimberley & Justin

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Inflexion:
where the house meets the yard
it yields to the ferns and native grasses
the birds and their song

Deflexion:
a cellulose membrane
stretched to transparency





Flexion:
plant life pressed to the house
on all sides, held to the shade
whetted blades and damp fronds

Refraxion:
caught in a dream
that bends with the light










Fluxion:
a verdant king tide
turning in for a moment
and then turning out

Reflexion:
the garden within
and the garden without
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