architecture matters: stonnington pound redevelopment architecture matters: stonnington pound redevelopment
may 21, 2013

architecture matters: stonnington pound redevelopment

‘stonnington pound redevelopment’ by architecture matters, melbourne, australiaimage © christopher alexanderall images courtesy of architecture matters




with a growing population of lost and abandoned cats in melbourne, local practice architecture matters was commissioned to expand onthe existing pound and warehouse with an annex that would respond to the existing architecture and create an identity amidst its woodedsurroundings. following the footprint dictated by the original greying structure and the enveloping freeway, the new steel-clad form formsa wedge-shaped volume whose skin reflects a renewed language from the attached existing construction. a characteristic vibrant red-toned copper end establishes the structure as an identifiable beacon from the road or the ground, with folded screens projecting out towards the approach onto the premises, signalling the entry sequence while providing a semi-opaque filter between the animals’ outdoor play areas andthe human domain. the new construction also strives for sustainable excellence, providing the animals with a high-end facility that functionsefficiently as well. rainwater catchment systems recycle water to be used for washing the enclosures and  in the restrooms’ cisterns. operable windows allow for the possibility to naturally ventilate the space and practice night flushing techniques coupled with an intelligentair conditioning system cut-off when windows are opened. low-energy lights, low-E glazing and external shading, along with a high-performanceroof insulation assure low energy usage throughout the day and maintains a comfortable home for its unclaimed guests. 


new metal-clad additionimage © christopher alexander



backside looking out onto trails and dense treesimage © christopher alexander



new constructionimage © christopher alexander



front elevationimage © christopher alexander



interior enclosuresimage © christopher alexander



reception at entranceimage © christopher alexander



light-filled work spaceimage © christopher alexander



image © christopher alexander



enclosuresimage © christopher alexander







project info:



photographer: christopher alexanderproject director: anthony gionfriddoproject architect: rebecca doddclient: stonnington city councillocation: malvern, melbourne australiagross floor area: 179.53 sq.myear: 2011date of completion: september 2012

  • sorry, but the window in the reception lobby just looks like a prison

    very inappropriate

    dbkii says:
  • Nice ‘FACILITY’

    Reception looks like you’re entering a jail, bad typography (size and kerning) because as you come in the front door you don’t realise where reception is and cats can’t read small type.

    g1nchy says:
  • I love it; clean, functional and low fuss. I’m not sure how people dislike a project that looks like a prison when it’s designed for animals. Instead of inappropriate I find it nice that the level of detail we normally pay when designing for humans is in this case also being given to animal occupants. Provided the ventilation in each compartment is satisfactory I would say that this seems like a very successful contemporary project.

    Well done.

    oneeyedamoeba says:

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