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'Save our Suburbs' Townhouses

project features

  • Three modular townhouses with 2 or 3 bedrooms
  • High-level energy efficiency
  • Passive design focus
  • Communal and private open space
  • Shared communal open space
    Shared communal open space
  • Private space: sunlit living room in modular townhouse
    Private space: sunlit living room in modular townhouse
  • From a typical suburban development to a new approach to townhouse living.
    From a typical suburban development to a new approach to townhouse living.
  • Plans show just three of the variations possible with the modular layout for the townhouses
    Plans show just three of the variations possible with the modular layout for the townhouses
  • Private and communal, indoor and out
    Private and communal, indoor and out

 

Finalist: Unbuilt category. Architeam Awards 2016

'Save our Suburbs’ explores a different approach to urban densification. Typical new suburban developments may increase yield but they are often accommodated by loss of usable outdoor space, limited sunlight access, reduced mobility and perceived loss of character. These tensions are inherent in current medium-density developments particularly through our inner and middle suburbs. To resolve these matters, we took a ‘classic’ townhouse scheme, dissolved it, and developed a prototype that saves the amenities of both neighbourhood and new subdivisions – features that attract residents to suburbs in the first place. Our approach attempts to free up and augment space to create freedoms uncommon for these developments.