MA Architects P/L
McAllister Alcock Architects (MAA) is a studio based practice, specialising in residential and mixed use projects. MAA directors, Clare McAllister and Karen Alcock, are dedicated to contributing positively to the urban environment through socially and environmentally responsible architecture. MAA also focuses on designing residences that are highly liveable, and where the interior is as carefully considered and resolved as the exterior of the building. MAA’s creative architectural solutions for challenging sites, and the innovative use of materials and finishes, have received several design awards, most recently a 2010 AIA Victorian Chapter Award for Multi-residential Architecture.
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Spray Street townhouses
Spray Street, Elwood, 2009
This medium density residential project of 4 townhouses has been designed to capture the seaside spirit of Elwood and reflect the marine inspired apartments of the area. Plans have been manipulated to capture the north sun, and maximise cross ventilation, to minimise the need for air conditioning and artificial lighting. The project also incorporates rainwater harvesting, solar hot water, and PV panels. Roof decks are accessed by brightly coloured spiral stairs that rise through central courtyards. At the rear, oversized timber pergolas help define individual garden spaces and will eventually provide shady vine covered arbors. AIA Victorian Architecture Award 2010
Wellington Street Mixed Use
Wellington Street, St Kilda, 2007
This 4 storey mixed-use building has a semi-basement carpark with car stackers, four single level live / work units on the first floor, and six 2 storey residential units above. The simple, robust building design uses textured concrete to provide visual interest, and a tiny caf’ creates an active street frontage. A landscaped access walkway cuts through the centre of the site, providing dual facades and cross ventilation to all units, enhanced by the entry breezeway that draws air through the decorative timber screen on the front elevation. Additional ESD attributes include double glazing and solar hot water.
Blackfriars Close, Toorak, 2006
This new residence was designed for clients who were ‘downsizing’ and wanted to retain the essence of their previous 1960s architect designed house, where craft and art were important aspects of the architecture, and the rationalism European modernism was layered with a richness of detail. Their new home references this legacy with a contemporary reinterpretation that is not ‘overworked’. Built on a single level, the house wraps around a north facing courtyard. Generous living areas flow together for entertaining, but can be divided into smaller, cosier spaces by the use of concealed sliding doors. ARBV Architectural Services Award 2006