Minifie van Schaik Architects
MvS Architects
“Embracing Inside and Out”


Wattle Avenue House has been featured in Stuart Harrison's exciting new book 'New Suburban' (Thames & Hudson)

read about the Wattle Avenue House on our website

“Mildura, like many regional centres in Australia, has a blanket of suburbia outside its core. A classic post-war suburban house in cream brick sits on this street corner and it has been reworked considerably to accommodate a local extended family. In doing so it has kept its fundamental character. Too often when houses like this are renewed the material quality of the brickwork is lost – rendered out of existence. The strategy here has been to add a clearly new extension to the existing house, to connect at a deeper level more akin to gene splicing.

“This insightful project works in the tradition of innovations in plan, but here the suburban house evolves into a new hybrid, one with the outside space - a courtyard - as its focus.”