Julie Firkin Architects
Julie Firkin Architects was established in 2009 and offers services ranging from full architectural services to design consultancy services. Julie holds a Master in Architecture degree from Harvard University and is a registered architect with 15 years experience. Julie has been involved in the design and delivery of a variety of projects both in Australia and internationally, including large mixed-use projects in Melbourne and bespoke projects in Europe and the USA. Julie regularly leads design studios at the University of Melbourne, Monash University and RMIT.
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Yarra Street House
Abbotsford, VIC, 2011
The clients, a professional couple with a large, combined family, wanted contemporary addition to their suburban weatherboard cottage which would allow them to indulge in their love of gardening and allow them to cook and entertain in style. The design is a creative response to passive solar principles, which was a challenge as the extension is to the south of the existing house. A sun-court allows sunlight to penetrate the new living spaces from the north in winter, and serves to separate the new addition from the old house so that it reads as a clearly articulated pavilion in a garden. A number of dining and entertaining spaces work off the hub of the kitchen which is designed to show off the home-cook in her or his best light.
Clifton Hill, VIC, 2014
This design was developed with close involvement by the clients to maximise the available light and space on an oddly shaped block in the inner suburban setting of Clifton Hill. The original weatherboard cottage which addresses the street has been maintained while a new, two-level addition at the rear provides new kitchen and dining areas and a master bedroom suite.The addition is angular and tapered in form with a crisp, cleanly detailed facade. Inside, a variety of spatial volumes is achieved within a relatively simple overall form. The character of the proposed materials, such as timber, concrete and metal, is expressed.
This design was one of 18 designs offered by the Bushfire Homes Service after the Black Saturday fires in 2009. These designs can be used free of charge by those who lost their homes in the bushfires. Architects donated house designs in response to the following brief: ‘Uncomplicated and economical house designs are sought to integrate bushfire resistant design principles with other design considerations to achieve buildings that are capable of complying with AS 3959 , Construction of Buildings in Bushfire Prone Areas, and are generally well designed, sustainable and can service as wide a sector as possible of the demand for house reconstruction in the wake of the February 2009 bushfires.’ http://www.wewillrebuild.vic.gov.au/clean-up-a-rebuilding/architects-bushfire-homes-service/209.html