mcbride charles ryan: cloud house
mcbride charles ryan: cloud house 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)

  • Contrasts and juxtapositions
    visual feasts for the eye and mind and soul as one travels thru them
    hard and soft
    great use of materials
    water is soft and does not flow in straight lines
    our primitive womb
    so why the hard sharp edges of the pool
    how much more human were they curved and thus softened

    Paedra says:
  • a bit of a farce, huh

    g says:
  • FAT!!

    thin says:
  • Unless the owner invented soundcloud, this is stupid… well, its completely stupid either way, I’m just trying to be nice.

    PBKB says:
  • Another amazing design by McBride Charles Ryan

    Wadebix says:
  • PBKB, why is this stupid?

    EANAMFFOH says:
  • I Agree. This is by no way stupid PBKB.

    Jencks says:
  • Instead of shipping containers – sewer pipes. Is the area prone to flooding?

    Jim C. says:
  • Please try a bit harder MCR you’re just getting lazy now.

    v.Schaik says:

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