Green Magazine, Hearld Sun, ArchDaily, Design Milk, Archilovers… what do they all have in common? They are known to feature the best architecture and design in the industry, therefore including this spectacular Wooden Box House by Moloney Architects. What began as a renovation to a century-old Victorian weatherboard home, ended as a project that encompasses the ultimate work life balance.
Established 2007, Moloney Architects offer a wide range of architectural services for new builds, renovations and owner-builders. With the escape of the big city in mind, Mick and Jules Moloney settled their popular firm in Ballarat, VIC. What speaks volumes about Moloney Architects is their generosity, having provided several pro-bono services for projects like the Pinarc Disability Support Headquarters and the Maryborough Community House extension.
Appropriately named, the origin of this project was to add a wooden box to the back of the house to create an open living space for a modern family life. Mick from Moloney Architects explains “we essentially wanted to create a space that feels open and social”. To combat the chilly climate in Ballarat, the design includes north-facing vertical windows, which captures the sunlight and warmth.
Lines of timber are complimented by the bold black walls and bright green plants. “As designers, we are particularly interested in the grain and warmth that natural materials like timber can bring to a space” as stated by Moloney Architects.
Mick further mentions “The building materials are raw and inexpensive. The windows and exposed beams are Victorian Ash“. Though the Victorian Ash used for the exposed beams is noticeably not ASH’s SUPASPAN, it is important to note that the hardwood chosen is perfect for this application. What makes our SUPASPAN Victorian ash different to others in the market is the fact that it has quarter sawn grain for added stability, is more colour consistent, straight-line edged after drying for added straightness and much, much more!
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Architect – Moloney Architects
Photography – Christine Francis