This is a pair of luxury four-bedroom townhouses in a Melbourne bayside suburb.
We designed them for a developer client who prioritises high-quality lower-density housing, instead of simply maximising yield on a site.
We wanted to sculpt a front façade that would shield the homes inside from the publicness of the streetscape. Therefore, we created a concave timber screen with a central cluster of windows. Its scale and shape offer no clues for passers-by about the number of dwellings or levels inside, but they reveal views of suburbia to the occupants.
The side façade windows, by contrast, reflect the occupation and use of their rooms. And, as if to accommodate the concaveness of the front façade, the back glazed-brick sides bulge out with the sheer luxury of the spaces inside.
In collaboration with the developer, we achieved a high level of sustainability.