Marked by two distinctive heritage listed homes, this expansive site in Randwick called for an innovative solution to provide 12 townhouses at the rear of the property.
The unsympathetic additions to the existing homes were to be removed and the site reconfigured to provide separate entrances to each of the dwellings.
The design response involved providing a large central courtyard garden from the street – delineating the two homes and providing a clear entry to the townhouses beyond.
Entry to the townhouses is via this garden along a central walkway – inserted between the two homes – leading to an intimate mews space through which access is provided to the townhouses.
Each of the mews townhouses was conceived of as a walled garden taking the form of a series of private courtyard spaces at ground level. A central courtyard breathes light and air into the house interconnecting open plan living spaces and allowing north light into upper floor spaces.
Living and kitchen areas embrace this north facing central courtyard and open completely onto a rear garden. Bedroom, bathroom and study spaces are located above, also benefiting from good light filtration and ventilation. A lightweight stair connects all levels, and leads to a private roof garden terrace and sundeck benefiting from expansive city views.
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