A House for Red.

Thresholds of retreat from the laneway

The red house, or a house for red. The site, an existing red brick soap factory building in Clifton Hill, Melbourne is the retreat of public figure of Red Symons.

This home represents an internal environment even in its current state it is a place where Red removes himself from the world. This new scheme looks to amplify and exaggerate the sense of retreat, manifesting a dwelling which is removed from its context through deep thresholds and changes in spatial orders and materiality.

A significance in the procedure or ritual of entry; the thresholds and gestures that separate the public from the private, the internal from the external, the street from the dwelling. The past from the future. The scheme contrasts existing and intervention the roughness of the existing brickwork box and the heaviness of the contrasting intervention of the concrete box. In entering this dwelling the past’s grip is loosened, but not forgotten.

Semester 1 2020
The University of Melbourne

Red House
Leaders: Des Smith and Andrew Hutson

Residential home
Clifton Hill, Melbourne