Cloud House

by McBride Charles Ryan
Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan

The Cloud House is an addition and renovation to a double-fronted Edwardian house in Fitzroy North. Over the course of close to a century, this house has received several additions and modifications.
McBride Charles Ryan’s work for the house is designed in three parts. This allows for a sequence of distinct and unexpected episodes, with glimpses previewing oncoming spaces and experiences as you move through the home.
The street facade has been left to demonstrate the clients’ respect for the evolution of the character of the area and the modest street alteration belies the extent of the comprehensive internal renovation work. The spaces within the original structure are largely white in colour, united by exotic floral hallway carpet. This journey through the space is followed by encountering a disintegrated red-coloured ‘box’. This is the kitchen, at the heart of the property, which acts as a bridge linking the major spaces. A cloud-shaped extrusion is the unexpected final space. Following the form of a child-like impression of a cloud it is a playful addition where family and friends can eat and have fun surrounded by the curved form.
The new living addition faces due south while allowing controlled north sun into the living area and providing effective cross ventilation. The form of the ‘cloud’ conforms to setback regulations without appearing obviously determined by them. The extrusion creates a dramatic interior language where walls merge seamlessly with the floor and ceiling. The craftsmanship is remarkable throughout; it has a sense of care one typically associates with the work of a cooper or wheelwright. While the geometry is playful, the extrusion is essentially a contemporary barrel vault. It is our hope that this cloud has a ‘silver lining’.

Photos by: John Gollings

  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan
  • Cloud House McBride Charles Ryan

Sponsor

Sponsor

  • KM House

    KM House

    Family house located a few kilometers from the city of Rosario, Argentina, in Portal de Aldea, a low-density residential neighborhood.
    On a corner lot, the ground floor volu...

  • Splendid Triplex Apartment over the Water in Sweden

    Splendid Triplex Apartmen..

    This 2,228 square foot triplex apartment is part of Gåshaga Pier, one of the most exclusive family housing projects in Sweden designed in 2001 by Sandellsandberg Architects. Situa...

  • Casa Corten in Sao Paulo

    Casa Corten in Sao Paulo

    Casa Corten is an urban house located near the largest park in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. The site, long and narrow, contains the program of the house and, its residents, not ...

  • American Standards Lamp

    American Standards Lamp

    For better or worse, construction materials, methods, and dimensions are quite homogenized in the United States. From the 2×4 wall studs to the cheap light switches, it seems that...

  • Renovation in Montonate

    Renovation in Montonate

    This renovation of a home in Montonate, Italy, was carried out by Benedini & Partners. The design studio kept the original character of the home while adding modern comforts; there...

  • Rishikesh House

    Rishikesh House

    The first visit I made to see the site changed all preconceived ideas about what form this house should take. Located on an elevated hill slope, over looking the ‘Ganges’ river...

  • L’Oasis in Terres Basses

    L’Oasis in Terres Basse..

    Fit for royalty, this secluded and gated beachfront estate is Moroccan inspired with contemporary overtones and offers total privacy at the end of Baie Rouge.
    A dramatic dom...

  • Tuca-Tuca

    Tuca-Tuca

    With its unique silhouette and splash of colours, Tuca-Tuca exudes a spirit of playfulness, adding a dash of humour to the home. The warm LED light is reflected off the natural woo...

  • Henley Street Residence

    Henley Street Residence

    Barwon Heads is in a period of significant change. Heritage overlays currently protect older fishing shacks whilst the less significant built fabric remaining in the seaside town i...

  • The Star House

    The Star House

    Nestled into the landscape, this beach house blends with the natural topography of the coastline of Kuwait. It slowly unfolds itself to the visitor, as it is approached from the d...