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Star Wars-inspired home is all about the view

Star Wars-inspired home is all...
Greenacres' raised main living space is inspired by the Macrobinoculars Luke Skywalker used in The Empire Strikes Back
Greenacres' raised main living space is inspired by the Macrobinoculars Luke Skywalker used in The Empire Strikes Back
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Australia's Austin Maynard Architects was commissioned to build a new home with an ocean view in Newcastle, New South Wales
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Australia's Austin Maynard Architects was commissioned to build a new home with an ocean view in Newcastle, New South Wales
Greenacres is located on a sloping plot close to a cliff overlooking the ocean and city of Newcastle
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Greenacres is located on a sloping plot close to a cliff overlooking the ocean and city of Newcastle
Greenacres' raised main living space is inspired by the Macrobinoculars Luke Skywalker used in The Empire Strikes Back
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Greenacres' raised main living space is inspired by the Macrobinoculars Luke Skywalker used in The Empire Strikes Back
There was already a dilapidated home on the property but it couldn't be saved so Austin Maynard Architects had it pulled down and started from scratch
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There was already a dilapidated home on the property but it couldn't be saved so Austin Maynard Architects had it pulled down and started from scratch
Greenacres' upper area is inspired by the Macrobinoculars Luke Skywalker used in The Empire Strikes Back 
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Greenacres' upper area is inspired by the Macrobinoculars Luke Skywalker used in The Empire Strikes Back 
Greenacres measures 310 sq m (3,336 sq ft)
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Greenacres measures 310 sq m (3,336 sq ft)
Greenacres comprises three floors 
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Greenacres comprises three floors 
Greenacres is located on a sloping plot 
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Greenacres is located on a sloping plot 
Greenacres doesn't get in the way of views in surrounding homes
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Greenacres doesn't get in the way of views in surrounding homes
Greenacres is located on a sloping plot close to a cliff overlooking the ocean and city of Newcastle
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Greenacres is located on a sloping plot close to a cliff overlooking the ocean and city of Newcastle
Greenacres' upper area is inspired by the Macrobinoculars Luke Skywalker used in The Empire Strikes Back 
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Greenacres' upper area is inspired by the Macrobinoculars Luke Skywalker used in The Empire Strikes Back 
Greenacres' upper area is supported by steel beams likened to paperclips by the firm
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Greenacres' upper area is supported by steel beams likened to paperclips by the firm
Recycled brick was used in the build 
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Recycled brick was used in the build 
Greenacres comprises three floors
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Greenacres comprises three floors
"At Greenacres Austin Maynard Architects not only captured the view from the living space, but also from the rear of the building and every space in between," says the firm
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"At Greenacres Austin Maynard Architects not only captured the view from the living space, but also from the rear of the building and every space in between," says the firm
Rainwater is captured and stored in tanks for irrigation and toilet use
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Rainwater is captured and stored in tanks for irrigation and toilet use
Greenacres features a garden area in the rear
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Greenacres features a garden area in the rear
Inside Greenacres' main living area
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Inside Greenacres' main living area
Greenacres offers views of the ocean and nearby city 
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Greenacres offers views of the ocean and nearby city 
Greenacres' hidden storage space in the kitchen
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Greenacres' hidden storage space in the kitchen
Greenacres offers views of the nearby city and ocean 
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Greenacres offers views of the nearby city and ocean 
Greenacres measures 310 sq m (3,336 sq ft)
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Greenacres measures 310 sq m (3,336 sq ft)
Ensuring great views from inside was the main focus of the project, though Austin Maynard Architects was also careful not to ruin the neighbors' views too
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Ensuring great views from inside was the main focus of the project, though Austin Maynard Architects was also careful not to ruin the neighbors' views too
Greenacres measures 310 sq m (3,336 sq ft)
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Greenacres measures 310 sq m (3,336 sq ft)
Greenacres' kitchen area
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Greenacres' kitchen area
Greenacres comprises three levels
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Greenacres comprises three levels
Greenacres features some sustainable design, including a focus on passive cooling
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Greenacres features some sustainable design, including a focus on passive cooling
Greenacres' home office
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Greenacres' home office
Greenacres is located on a sloping plot close to a cliff overlooking the ocean and city of Newcastle
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Greenacres is located on a sloping plot close to a cliff overlooking the ocean and city of Newcastle
Greenacres offers views of the nearby city and ocean 
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Greenacres offers views of the nearby city and ocean 

Australia's Austin Maynard Architects recently completed a modern family house that's focused on ensuring a great view from practically everywhere inside. The home also draws inspiration from Star Wars gadgetry and features a degree of sustainable design, including passive cooling to reduce the use of air-conditioning and recycled building materials.

Greenacres is located on a sloping plot overlooking the ocean and the city of Newcastle, New South Wales. It replaces a house already on the property that was deemed too dilapidated to work with.

The home's most eye-catching aspect is its raised white main living space, which is inspired by the Macrobinoculars Luke Skywalker used in The Empire Strikes Back and conceived as a lens framing the scenery below. You'd be forgiven for missing the reference though, it's pretty obscure compared to Moon Hoon's Star Wars House. This raised area juts out from a brick base and is supported by three steel beams likened to paperclips by the firm.

Ensuring great views from inside was the main focus of the project, though Austin Maynard Architects was also careful not to ruin the neighbors' views.

"At Greenacres Austin Maynard Architects not only captured the view from the living space, but also from the rear of the building and every space in between," says the firm. "Careful design thought ensured the house didn't get in the way of its own view. The deliberate transparency means that even whilst sitting in the back garden or working from the study in the master bedroom, you can still see the ocean. Even in the very last room on the block, the shower, through the rear garden, and through the house there are unimpeded views of the ocean to the right, and the city to the left."

Greenacres measures 310 sq m (3,336 sq ft)
Greenacres measures 310 sq m (3,336 sq ft)

Greenacres has a total floorspace of 310 sq m (3,336 sq ft). Its garage has an elevator installed to ensure accessibility as the owners get older, and the interior proper is arranged so the public areas like living room and kitchen are towards the front, while private areas like the bedrooms and bathrooms are placed further back. The master bedroom is farthest back and includes a walk-in closet, ensuite bathroom and study.

The locally-sourced recycled brick used in the build still has some graffiti visible and the firm says that the orientation, shading, focus on passive ventilation and a central fish pond help reduce the need for air-conditioning.

Water tanks collect rainwater for irrigation and toilet use, and high performance insulation has been used throughout. The home also features a green roof section.

Greenacres was completed at the start of this year.

Source: Austin Maynard Architects

1 comment
timothy91
How does this look like anything out of Star Wars ESB..? ??