The floor is the cupboard

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23 September 2016
The award winning Toy Management House by Austin Maynard Architects uses Big River Armourpanel to create a unique floor cupboard.

Winner of the John and Phyllis Murphy Award and the Interior Architecture Award, at the 2016 Victorian Architecture Awards, the Toy Management House by Austin Maynard Architects is a lesson in practical design, clean lines and sustainability.

An extension of a one level weatherboard terrace in Melbourne, the homeowners wanted a home where their children’s toys could be hidden with ease. The result being a giant toy-chest-like floor design using Big River ArmourPanel Spotted Gum, a native Australian timber decorative plywood.

Armourpanel is a precision- engineered structural product with a unique construction method that sees each of its five layers of Australian hardwood sheets bonded together in a cross- ply manufacturing process to form a strong, solid, stable panel. Its toughness makes it ideal for use in hardwearing areas including flooring, wall panelling, screening, cabinetry, joinery and ceiling linings.

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