Suburban homes in Melbourne are replaced by poorly designed and unattractive townhouses too often.

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They’re terrible to live in, are costly to get through planning, and age quickly becoming an eyesore. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can build affordably, meet the changing needs of households, and increase the liveability of our suburbs.

In this project, on a typical suburban block in Sunshine, we worked with the property owner to help steer this innovative development. We set out to demonstrate that sustainable design principles and affordable-to-build townhouse developments are not mutually exclusive. We challenged planning controls to push through neighbourly, better design; employed straightforward space planning to achieve a higher than average yield and return; and utilised conventional products for cost efficiencies.

The three delightful homes had wide market appeal, excellent liveability, and were designed to make an enduring contribution to their unique neighbourhood.