mcbride charles ryan: cloud house
jun 25, 2012
mcbride charles ryan: cloud house


‘cloud house’ by mcbride charles ryan, melbourne, australia
image © john gollings
all images courtesy of mcbride charles ryan

the aptly named ‘cloud house’ by australian firm mcbride charles ryan is a fun new addition/renovation to an existing dwelling
in the suburb of fitzroy north, a suburb of melbourne. the architects have created somewhat of a novel out of this previously nebulous project which
had undergone a series of alterations over the past century. organized into three parts, each section in the progression through the house
not only lets the user experience architecture developed at a certain point in time, but also integrates hints of foreshadowing for the next modification.

the humble street-side facade respects the original context of the site, displaying the edwardian design of the early 20th century, and 
holds within it a predominantly white interior with a floral-patterned carpet, guiding the circulation to the first sign of a radical new
alteration: the kitchen. this red box, an exercise in 3d spatial geometry, breaks from the language of the traditional entrance sequence and
acts as a transitory element between pre-existing order and the new lively extension. upon leaving the vibrant rigid grid of the kitchen, the space
morphs into the jovial curvilinear extrusion of a cloud. the wood panel interior fluidly links the walls, floor and ceiling, and defines a stimulating
flexible environment in which the user can enjoy social activities. the structure, although exuberant in nature, is intelligently composed of a
simple barrel vault system with a seamless metal cap, and opens up to the south to capture natural daylight, while still adhering to setback regulations.
with this latest refurbishment the ‘cloud house’ has been given a strong new identity, grounding it in the context of the site.


facing north from the backyard
image © john gollings


south facade
image © john gollings


perspective showing all three phases of the extension
image © john gollings


south facade
image © john gollings


interior facing south
image © john gollings


exterior transition from the kitchen to the cloud extension
images © john gollings


the kitchen
image © john gollings


perspective view of the kitchen
image © john gollings


intrusion of the kitchen into the cloud room
image © john gollings


(left) main hallway from kitchen
(right) view into residence from entrance

images © john gollings


original street side facade (north facing)
image © john gollings


floor plan / level 0


section, including original house elevation (south)

comments policy
LOG IN VIA
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

product library