- Maria Danos Architecture
- Level 5 Projects (Builder)
- ProvanBuilt (Builder)
- Sharyn Cairns (Photography)
Inspired by Japanese ‘fusuma’ screens, LuxeTen evolved from an exploration of possibilities for guest accommodation within a former graphic design studio.
The lofty existing shell allows the staging of architectural insertions to delight, and ‘contain’ within the warm and textured interior. The outcome enables guests to adapt the spaces themselves by manipulating the architectural elements to suit their requirements.
LuxeTen proves that where existing shells have potential to inspire architecture and craft, guests can participate in innovative alternatives to the ‘cookie cutter’ ubiquity of much accommodation.
Screen configurations facilitate different planning arrangements and various levels of privacy. Datums are low enough to enable spatial flow/ light penetration from sole window, yet high enough for privacy.
Sustainability – old fabric was renewed and re-imagined to sit harmoniously with the new insertions. The project uses the ‘existing bones’ as the basis for a flexible planning layout.
The constraints of the existing conditions informed an innovative shaping of the drum insertion.
Sophisticated outcome using simple construction methods and honest materials creates a memorable experience for guests. Success of LuxeTen is a prototype to inform a future series accommodation of ‘spaces within spaces’.