Australian Drifthouse in Port Fairy

Australian Drifthouse in Port Fairy



The creative process almost never goes the way you wish it should. Your plans usually get interrupted by many different factors and the end result happens to be totally different from what you planned at the first place.  This project by Multiplicity, a design based architecture practice founded by co-directors interior designer Sioux Clark and architect Tim O’sullivan, was a two and a half year journey with lots of alterations and you’ll see it below. The studio portrays their project this way:

We came up with the idea of mimicking the original buildings footprint in width and depth and to sit it back about a meter so that it read as a shadow or a ghost of the front building the silent twin brother who always lurks in the shadows

No doubt, that the back part of the house is completely different from it’s “brother” in the front. Drifthouse frontage is a restored heritage house, while the rear facade is a modern and stylish addition to that previously neglected old building. The new addition lets a lot of light and sunshine in through those beautiful all- window walls. While the original thought and idea was to clad the new works in black butynol (a water impervious product), the final decision was to wrap the extension in a veil of perforated metal.

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alterations and additions to existing residence – b&b conversion – completed 2013
2014 aia award commendation – heritage architecture

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