Townhouses and units typically have established & prescribed programmatic functions designed to best suit a range of unknown end users.
Spaces were to be flexible, to provide accommodation for unknown user groups. They could be families or a group of single people running a shared household.
This was a model of spatial planning based on “customised uniformity”.
A block of 4 townhouses was designed for each of the sites. The building form was then separated into 2 duplexes. This provided each townhouse with light & ventilation on 3 sides and improved acoustic privacy by minimising the number of shared walls.
Part of the brief was to minimise to around 5 to 10% of GFA. Part of our methodology was to devise a series of standard small spatial clusters, such as a Kitchen Dining Living Unit, a Master Bedroom unit, a Service Unit, comprising Bath/Laundry/WC and a Bedroom Unit.
This loose collection of spatial orderings were adapted to each new project to suit prescriptions of the Town Planning and Briefing Requirements. This methodology allowed us to devise efficient floor layouts which could adapt to specific site conditions.
The result is Townhouses of Architectural merit which are inviting, welcoming, practical and therefore more desirable in the market. Our methodology has been used to effect in generating affordable housing in the Redcliffe/ Kippa Ring areas.