MJ Architecture is an award winning architecture and design office providing services across Northern and Southern Tasmania. MJ Architecture provide services for a broad range of small and large residential and commercial projects, with a strong ideal of producing environmentally sustainable outcomes that are detailed responses to the client brief and site context. As a small practice, we are able to provide a highly personalised service from design to project completion. It is through this process that we endeavour to achieve design solutions which exceed our clients aspirations while maintaining strict budgetary control.
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A modern addition to a heritage listed building
“Turner Residence” is a two storey addition designed to reflect the character of the existing cottage in a new modern form; to create a dialogue between old and new. The brief called for the addition of a new master bedroom, ensuite, walk-in-robe, as well as redesigning the existing bathroom, laundry and kitchen. Private spaces are located upstairs, with family spaces below which open onto the courtyard creating a large living and entertaining area. The strong axial link defined by the central passageway and changing levels both internally and externally, seamlessly link old and new, providing a strong sense of focus and direction giving depth to the space.
St Aidans Church Additions
The design of St Aidans Church intends to represent a more open, inviting and inclusive church community. Use of large street facing windows and the opening up of the existing brick arches allows a view directly into the heart of the church and any activities occurring inside. To enhance the experience of openness and minimise intrusion onto the historical building character, a lightweight laminated timber portal frame was used which is simply bolted onto the existing church. The expressed frames reference the existing brick buttresses, which together with the articulation, scale and timber material, achieve a complimentary relationship with the existing fabric rather than one of domination. Selection of clear finished cedar cladding in a small shiplap profile was chosen to compliment the scale of the existing brickwork, while use of sandstone cladding and paving, laid in a modern pattern, ties the new work with the old, complimenting the existing sandstone of the church.