OUF! the renovated portico house of the architecture shows a playful orange structure

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the renovated portico house

with its playfully designed portico house, the Australian studio OOF! the architecture is completing a major overhaul of a “softwood chalet”. the pre-existing house, typical of the suburban setting of newport, has been transformed into an indoor-outdoor combination of accommodation, warehouse, and workshop for a family. while retaining its modest cottage appearance from a street perspective, the renovated portico house extends into its back yard with airy, sunny, and open living spaces to present itself as a sturdy and comfortable home that, like the team notes, is ‘just like his family.’

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a residence for a builder

OUF! the architectural portico house is designed for a family of five and their dogs. they needed to expand their quaint but cramped chalet to accommodate a growing family and contemporary lifestyles. because one of the clients is a builder, the architects had considerable flexibility to reconsider and develop many ideas and details on site during the construction of the project, ‘which was a blessing and a curse!“, notes the design team. the architects continue: ‘a builder’s house is the last project on hold after all projects from other clients. as a result, the work took place in spurts over a long construction period of more than 2 years. ‘

OUF!  the renovated portico house of the architecture shows a playful orange structure

phew! attention to architectural detail

while the shared activities of the portico house remain open to each other, OOF! the architecture incorporates screening so that family members can have their own spaces. for example, a two-level organization maintains a continuous main space with stairs and access to the first floor “portico” in the trusses above the living spaces. Meanwhile, the construction of the house itself provides pleasure with its exposed structure and accessories, raw materials and other construction details. these elements express the skills of all those who built it, including the family itself.

the portico house by OOF!  the architecture extends into its backyard while retaining its modest chalet expression from the point of view of the street.
the renovation combines the programming of housing, warehouse and workshop the portico house by OOF!  the architecture extends into its backyard while retaining its modest chalet expression from the point of view of the street.
the organization on two levels opens the modest house

the portico house by OOF!  the architecture extends into its backyard while retaining its modest chalet expression from the point of view of the street.the row of trusses continues from the inside to the back yard

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