David Vernon Architect
A small practice, established in 1997, committed to developing a unique contemporary architecture. I consider architecture to be fundamentally a part of the environment as opposed to being disconnected from it and that architecture has a social responsibility to people, to place and most importantly to our environment. Architecture is real and therefore integrity of materials is an important consideration, from aesthetic expression through to forming a basis to utilizing materials that last, maintenance free and responsible in meeting new challenges in a resource limited world. And of course it should feel good to be in!
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St Kilda East Courtyard House
St Kilda East, 2008
A semi-detached 1930s residence with limited space and an overlooking block of flats presented a program brief for a growing family which included creating new living and outdoor spaces and an upgrade to kitchen and bathroom. An old garage was partially demolished to incorporate a new north facing living room with full height glazing opening out onto an enclosed courtyard. Rainwater storage and a kitchen garden provide a functional focus to this ‘outdoor indoor’ living area. There is a robust expression of materials; rendered plaster walls in the old house leading to a more vibrant palette of painted walls, steel framework and hoop pine plywood panels in the new addition. The concrete floor, saw cut and clear sealed, extends outside to enhance the extent of space and reorient outdoor views. A steel framed transparent link permits further natural light into the existing dwelling, in contrast to a more enclosed and introverted timber clad box; the bathroom and bedroom addition to the south. This black timber box sliding out underneath the existing roof line reveals a hint of the alteration to the observer on the street.
Hepburn Health Service
Peter Vernon Architects + David Vernon Architect A new purpose built medical centre undertaken by the Hepburn Health Service including consulting and treatment rooms, pathology with support administration, ambulance bay and generous staff facilities including a teaching area for visiting medical students. The site is located close to the Daylesford Hospital and occupies an area nestled on a gentle sloping site behind existing residential properties off Hospital Street. It’s vocabulary of simple forms and robust materials is derived from the outbuildings and sheds of adjoining properties. The architectural response was to create a sophisticated medical centre that feels good to be in for both patient and practitioner.
Witchery/Mimco Office Fitout
A warehouse conversion to the ground floor of a heritage listed building in Collingwood. This project was completed in a short construction time frame to meet the tenant’s requirements as the new head office for Mimco now part of the Witchery Group. A simple palatte with an open office design area and separate administration offices with internal glazed walls to maximize internal natural light and views.