Inner City Downsize house is a neatly resolved design solution to a number of key challenges. Our role was to create a family home on a tight inner-city site. Our approach was to maximise the use of the site to create an enlarged floorplan and enriched spatial complexity. Read more

With this downsize project we intended to ensure the new building works of this double fronted home were hidden from the streetscape. Our building is introverted. It offers acoustic privacy from the increasingly busy thoroughfare at the front and a sense of enclosure through its built form. The scheme utilises a well-proportioned internal courtyard as a central focal point, from which various sightlines extend through to indoor spaces. Like other downsize projects, passive design principles inform the design process throughout.

The design response for this project was unexpected; the obvious solution would have involved an addition overlooking a lineal garden. Instead, our design folds the house in on itself, creating a cocoon-like retreat our clients love.