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Hill Terrace Townhouses

project features

  • High-level energy efficiency and passive design 
  • Communal and private open space
  • Connection to neighbourhood and community
  • Economical build and higher than average resale
  • We aimed to design a tasteful addition that looks at home in the neighbourhood.
    We aimed to design a tasteful addition that looks at home in the neighbourhood.
  • Good architecture captures sunlight and that can translate into high comfort and low heating bills.
    Good architecture captures sunlight and that can translate into high comfort and low heating bills.
  • Varied external spaces make the home more functional, flexible, and make it feel bigger.
    Varied external spaces make the home more functional, flexible, and make it feel bigger.
  • Quality exterior spaces are essential: a balcony gives you break out space and connection with the neighbourhood.
    Quality exterior spaces are essential: a balcony gives you break out space and connection with the neighbourhood.
  • Council approved a higher yield for this project than the block next door.
    Council approved a higher yield for this project than the block next door.
  • Some of the townhouse features are inspired by mid-century modern architecture – a very optimistic period.
    Some of the townhouse features are inspired by mid-century modern architecture – a very optimistic period.
  • The townhouses are designed to look and feel different to typical townhouses, to celebrate the suburban home.
    The townhouses are designed to look and feel different to typical townhouses, to celebrate the suburban home.

Hill Terrace turned a standard suburban block in Sunshine into a delightful ensemble of three townhouses that delivered an above average return on investment.

We kept it simple. Typical townhouse developments often have poorly planned layouts, uncoordinated and unnecessarily complex building forms, and eclectic material palettes. They can be costly to get through planning, provide limited comfort and enjoyment, and lack character. They can embed high utility costs and maintenance issues into the life of the building.

We prefer practical, light filled and energy efficient homes that foster community, provide comfort, and are an asset to the street and unique character of the suburb. This requires careful planning, regulatory experience, collaboration, and understanding ‘the market’.

These three homes are economical and sensible. We applied attention to practicalities, and created internal vistas and varied open space to design homes that are functional, spacious, and bright - without adding unnecessary floor space and cost. This translated into an economical build and higher than average resale.

“Everything about Sunshine is hot. Developers are relatively new to town, but some of the developments sparkle, and are selling extremely well. North Fitzroy-based sustainable architect Steffen Welsch designed Hill Terrace, by Scalise Studios. No 1/7 Station Place, the three-bedroom centrepiece fronting the development, sold at auction in June for a record-setting $755,000, and 3/7 Station Place hit the market this week. Its upstairs windows show glimpses of Sunshine’s highlights. Tall palm trees. The redeveloped train station. Planes flying low. Distant silos.” Jayne D’arcy, Domain, July 19, 2017

 

Photography by Rhiannon Slatter Photography; styling by Beck Simon.

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