Brunswick residents Jenny and Neil engaged architect Simon Thornton
to design an extension to their Edwardian weatherboard house they
imagined something discrete and tasteful. Imagine how delighted they
were when something far more interesting came off the drawing board,
or to be accurate, the kitchen table!
Milk Carton extension sits on a tiny 24 sq.m footprint but stands
tall, complete with a 'use by' date. This is pure organic architecture
at its best, although Simon warns that there are dangers in a puritanical
approach to food, or architecture: 'We need to reject dogma and remain
open to new ideas, and most importantly, avoid labeling things 'good'
or 'bad'. There is no point in creating a brave new world devoid of
common sense and kindness.'
believes that in architecture, as in literature, the best way to approach
truth is through fiction. This building is based on the pretence of
dwelling in, and around, a giant milk carton, albeit slightly stretched,
and with the bottom part cut off. As in written fiction, realistic
detail is essential, so much attention is put into the literal representation
of the package. The owners even found milk-drop light fittings and
designed spilt-milk landscaping!