TWO TOWN HOUSES, REGENT

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This project came with a specific design brief: twin weatherboard houses, each with four bedrooms, a study and a retreat occupying a single site, 15m across in width which would be subdivided into two deep lots. Due to the strict setback and frontage controls, the restricted building envelope called for a very efficient plan which would still allow for generous sized rooms, good natural lighting, ventilation and high ceilings over the living areas.

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Our client expressed a sentimentality for the  Australian vernacular cottage; with its gable ends, eaves, exposed rafters, dormers in roofs overlooking landscaped front yards, bay windows into flower beds, timber shingles, trims and fretwork. Deliberately eschewing the contemporary palette of materials and forms, the effect here is to create two cosy homes in the romanticised ideal.