A Cloud-Shaped Addition Hips Up A 100 Year Old Home

the cloud house

From the curb, you’d never know this old-looking home in Australia’s Fitzroy North has a whimsical cloud shaped backside clad in aluminum and lined with wood. But it does. And here’s how architects McBride Charles Ryan did it.

The Cloud House

The following text is courtesy of the architect:
The Cloud House is an addition and renovation to a double-fronted Edwardian house in Fitzroy North. Over the course of close to a century, this house has received several additions and modifications.

McBride Charles Ryan’s work for the house is designed in three parts. This allows for a sequence of distinct and unexpected episodes, with glimpses previewing oncoming spaces and experiences as you move through the home.

The Cloud House

The street facade has been left to demonstrate the clients respect for the evolution of the character of the area and the modest street alteration belies the extent of the comprehensive internal renovation work:

The Cloud House

The spaces within the original structure are largely white in colour, united by exotic floral hallway carpet:

The Cloud House

This journey through the space is followed by encountering a disintegrated red-coloured box:

inside the cloud house

red kitchen

This is the kitchen, at the heart of the property, which acts as a bridge linking the major spaces:

cloud house red kitchen

A cloud-shaped extrusion is the unexpected final space. Following the form of a child-like impression of a cloud it is a playful addition where family and friends can eat and have fun surrounded by the curved form.

looking out toward pool from cloud house

The new living addition faces due south while allowing controlled north sun into the living area and providing effective cross ventilation.

Cloud House at night

the cloud house at night

The form of the cloud conforms to setback regulations without appearing obviously determined by them. The extrusion creates a dramatic interior language where walls merge seamlessly with the floor and ceiling.

cloud house

The L-shaped swimming pool clad in cement and wood decking:
L shaped swimming pool

The craftsmanship is remarkable throughout; it has a sense of care one typically associates with the work of a cooper or wheelwright. While the geometry is playful, the extrusion is essentially a contemporary barrel vault. It is our hope that this cloud has a silver lining.

The Cloud House

The Cloud House

The Cloud House

The Cloud House aerial view

The Cloud House
All text and images courtesy of McBride Charles Ryan