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Jon Clements, director of JCB
Architects, discusses the project
What is your favourite feature? The bridge
wou ld be my favourite design element. It u nlo ck s
an important connection between the house and
Tell us a little about Armadale. Armadale is a
city fri nge subu rb, sou th-east of Melbourn e’s
CBD. B o rdered by the upmarket Toorak,
Armadale is cer tai nly o ne of Melbourn e’s more
co mfor table in ner-city suburbs. The obvio us
attrac tio n for you n g families is the good access to
schools and numerous parks. It is dominated by
heritage housing and shopping strips of antique
and high-fashion shops.
What was the biggest challenge duri ng
construction? The prese rvatio n of the origin al
stru ctu re dictated mu ch of the direction because
we were conscious of maintaining the integrity of
the o rigin al building fabric.
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“It links the first floor of the main
building where the young kids reside and
the first floor of the stables, where the
teenagers have been provided for – allowing
the ‘littlies’ to directly engage with the
‘biggies’,” explains Jon. “It’s my favourite
element of the design. On some days I think
of it as reminiscent of a young warrior
and princess, arm-in-arm crossing the
drawbridge to enter the haunted castle.”
In addition, the bridge provides
important shading from both eastern
and western sun. Other Ecologically
Sustainable Development strategies include
automated external shutters to east- and
west-facing glass, architectural sun-
screening devices, VRV air-conditioning
systems, solar hot water systems, solar
pool heating and automated electrical
management. A 120,000-litre underground
rainwater storage is for use in toilets, pool
and garden irrigation.
When asked why this project in
particular is a rare gem in his extensive
portfolio, Jon says it was down to the
relationship with the client and the
marvellous result. “It was a great process
for both of us and we forged a great
friendship during the process,” he says.
“They are really pleased with the outcome
Golden Crust Bakery is a great fit for a
very unique brief.”
Airy WHITE WALLS walls and minimalist furniture allow
the historic details of the building to shine through, while the
original painted SIGNAGE of the bake r y was ret ai n ed.
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