This four storey townhouse project is configured to accommodate both residential and commercial functions – in the same space. The ground floor zones which are referred to as “flexible space”; complete with wet areas and floor to ceiling storage cupboards, they are ready to accommodate a creative studio, a shop, an extension of the living area or even a car.
The average footprint for each townhouse is just 47 sqm; where space is limited horizontally; opportunities to accentuate the vertical proportions of the development are favoured through the use of double height voids and stairs for vertical circulation.
Transparency and passive surveillance were both core design principles employed to promote opportunities for engagement between the private and public realm. The site’s small footprint meant that each townhouse needed to borrow amenity from its surrounding context, in order for it to not only feel larger than it is but to also enhance the benefits of what an inner city site in Melbourne has to offer .
The precise, spare geometry of the building form and external material palette take cues from nearby industrial warehouses – a beauty found in the direct and honest material palette of masonry, glass and metal construction. The project’s external surfaces hide more than they give away, through solid forms and moments of punctuated windows offering framed views to nearby landmarks.