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A design triumph of heritage and modernity

A design triumph of heritage and modernity

Rae Rae House is a new five-bedroom family residence which seamlessly merges two pre-existing terraces with a sensitively designed extension that celebrates the building’s original heritage.

Architectural marvel Rae Rae house has already garnered significant acclaim with its reception of the Residential Architecture Award (2020) and a Commendation in the National Architecture Awards (2020).

A conceptually ambitious extension with exceptional attention to detail, the project by Austin Maynard Architects saw collaborations with industry leaders such as Overend Constructions, Gippsland Windows and, of course, Capral Aluminium

A central aspect of the extension lies in the artful integration of glazing and framing elements which gracefully join the two buildings. The glazed entry area captures the viewer’s attention, guiding their gaze along a visual path from the front garden to the lush greenery beyond.

Austin Maynard Architects - RaeRae House

Irregularly shaped aluminium Futureline 440TB thermally broken window frames add visual texture and variety to the exterior while inside they create inviting ‘nooks,’ functioning as recreational spaces and captivating outlooks. Notably, the two-storey, three-bedroom children’s section stands independently – offering a self-contained living and recreation area which fully utilises Capral’s renowned precision in glazing and framing irregular windows such as the circular porthole-shaped structures.

The irregular roofline profile echoes the creatively shaped windows and frames, signiature design features which are then subtly framed by the exterior’s stripped-back timber and brick aesthetic. On the ground level, Schüco ASS 39 PD.NI sliding doors seamlessly connect interior and exterior spaces.

Conscious consideration of environmental strengths influenced the selection and orientation of windows, with passive solar awnings thoughtfully shading them to protect against heat load. By situating RaeRae House along the property’s southern boundary, the building maximizes its energy profile, capitalizing on the abundance of natural light and warmth from the northern aspect. To optimize passive solar gain while maintaining optimal daylighting, all Capral windows in this project are double-glazed with fixed external awnings to provide deliberate shading.

Austin Maynard Architects - RaeRae House

This thoughtful integration of actively managed shade and passive ventilation significantly reduces reliance on artificial heating and cooling systems, resulting in minimal energy consumption. The use of sustainable aluminium in Capral’s framing aligns perfectly with the architect’s philosophy of employing durable and eco-friendly materials.

By utilizing fully recyclable and energy-efficient framing elements, the design of RaeRae House epitomizes a commitment to sustainable principles and environmentally responsible practices – a philosophy shared by Capral. Learn more about their journey towards a more sustainable future here.

Capral Aluminium


Project Details

Project – RaeRae House
Architect – Austin Maynard Architects
Builder – Overend Constructions
Photography – Peter Bennetts
Fabricator – Gippsland Windows
Featured ProductsFutureline 440TB framing systemFutureline casement and awning windows, 50 Series glazing adaptors (courtyard), Schüco ASS 39 PD.NI sliding doors

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Juliet Taylor is one of the leading content writers for Indesign Media Asia Pacific where she publishes weekly research articles across multiple platforms. She graduated from the Australian National University in 2021, with a strong portfolio of academic writing as well as writing for entertainment. Her specialty is in media and philosophy, though she shares a passion for interior design with the Indesign Media conglomerate. Her work with Indesign Media covers a broad range of subjects including interior design trends, architectural advancements, materials and the evolution of modern construction, products and processes for a healthier home, and the proper care of flora. Juliet writes for both residential and commercial audiences and over the past year working with Indesign Media has produced research articles in the hundreds for architects and interior design enthusiasts alike.