Andrew Maynard Architect

If you can take your furniture with you when you move why can’t you take your actual house?

Andrew Maynard would also like to know why.

“I really wonder why people choose to live in small white boxes when so many other items and things that surround us like cars and mobile phones are completely fluid, organic designs.

My favourite thought is from Sir Norman Foster, a famous British architect and he was asked what his favourite building was and his very clever replay was a Boeing 747. The 747 is something that’s very pragmatic and not designed with decoration or iconography - it’s designed to fly in the sky. It has to do its job very efficiently. And because of that, it is something very beautiful. And within that you’ve got everything you need; you’ve got places to cook, places to go to the toilet, you can add showers, you can add beds. And they’re massive buildings too and they’re just flying though our skies and yet everybody chooses to live in these docile little brick things.

Our homes could easily be as adaptable. In our work we use simple materials to have walls that simply disappear, slide up into the ceiling spaces and there are a lot of remote technologies too; at the touch of a button, we could have entire roofs slide away.

It would be great if parts of your house you could actually pop the wheels out and drive it away like in the goodies – they did it a few times. I think these are really interesting ideas and what if we actually lived in elaborate caravans? There is the technology there that is just waiting to be designed in a really strong way to incorporate that. Maybe it could only be just part of your house and you could just get in the back of it and scoot off and have a holiday for a while with just your favourite parts of your house and then the essential part could just be fixed to the ground. There just seems potential for these things to happen and for us to have much richer lives because of it.

I think I would really like people to view my style of architecture as using words such as subversive, playful, interesting and I don’t even mind if they described it as weird.

But the great thing would be if they really embraced the fact that it’s flexible and malleable. Thos ideas really interest me and I would love it if people got on board with that, saw it and engaged with it.”


Andrew Maynard Architect
250 Rae St, Fitzroy North 3068
t: 0425 726 131

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