NORTHCOTE TERRACE HOUSES
Northcote Terrace Houses
Set in a tree-lined street of Northcote amidst Victorian-era gems, the existing dilapidated brown-brick villas sprawling the 1300m2 site are far from fitting. Surrounded by heritage fabric, our design approach takes inspiration from local historic styles while translating these ideas into a multi-residential response relevant to its time and place.
With sensitivities from a planning point of view to provide four dwellings on a lot, the proposal is discreet – a gentle, singular raked roof form of slate tiles, a subtle recessed dormer, and curved motifs to the verandah fretwork, all a contemporary play on the surrounding heritage features of the neighbouring context.
The overall form could be mistaken for a large house. Rather, the arrangement offers four attached terrace houses, each with individual titles, that present cohesively. As attached terrace houses, the spaces offer light and volume; simple principles, however, often hard to come by in anything other than bespoke homes.
Working alongside Ben Scott Gardens, we have challenged convention of fenced in front gardens by opening up the lush front gardens to for the street to enjoy, encouraging creative subdivision opportunities as well as community engagement.