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This demanding project explores the architectural opportunities of pairing.

A pair of townhouses on adjacent sites for a pair of graphic designers who are business partners and friends.

Our principal question in designing two residences for clients so closely aligned is where does identity merge or separate? The courtyard typology is the starting point.

A central shared courtyard space has the flexibility to be divided or open between the occupants. The courtyard greatly increases opportunities for natural light penetration and cross ventilation into both townhouses. This idea recognizes and relies upon the friendship of our clients and the opportunity to borrow light and space from each other to create a greater sense of scale.

These townhouses maintain a contextual single-storey cottage scale on the street, stepping up to two-storeys at the rear of the site. The gable profile is a graphic representation of home and hearth yet when repeated and paired, it gains an abstracted ambiguity of scale and meaning. It joins to become one undulating roofscape in foreground and background.

These townhouses are externally similar to enable economies of repetition yet individual in their internal layouts and finishes, each customised to the discrete nature and character of each client.

  • Traditional Custodians Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people
  • Location Footscray, Melbourne
  • Project Duration 2009 – 2013
  • Floor Area 120m2 each
  • Site Area 190m2 each
  • Sustainability 6 Star Energy Rating
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