The project consists of eight townhouses arranged around the perimeter of an irregularly-shaped, prominent corner block in Melbourne’s east. The facade is unashamedly modernist with strong horizontal lines expressed by a floating masonry band at first floor level.
The ground level is intentionally recessive – a shadow below the first floor focal point. The uniformity of the first floor is set against the expression of the individual townhouses at the roof terrace level. This results in the almost double height volume above first floor level appearing less substantial and more in keeping with the predominantly two-storey neighbourhood.
As the primary outdoor space for the dwellings, the roof terraces are articulated to maximise privacy, without the use of typical privacy screening. The projecting hoods and manipulation of building articulation deliver each dwelling a unique and framed view. Although the common local trend is to emphasise and make a statement with the expression of the corner, this proposal deliberately treats this apex as a pivot point between the two street facades, providing a well-executed ambiguity between the front and side.
Eight Townhouse Development
Land Area 1326m2
Floor Area 623m2 (site coverage)