On a 1200 square metre site opposite Redcliffe Hospital, we designed a 2 storey block of 7 townhouses with a projected view to occupancy by staff at the adjacent Redcliffe Hospital.
Spaces should be flexible, to provide accommodation for unknown user groups. They could be families or a group of single people running a shared household.
The form of the building was broken up into 3 separate blocks, comprising 1 block of 3 townhouses, plus 2 duplexes. On a densely occupied site, this provided each unit with light & ventilation on 3 sides and improved acoustic privacy by minimising the number of shared walls.
Accommodation was provided as follows:
- Ground floor:
- Lock up garage, including laundry and understair toilet
- 2 separate spaces off a kitchen: each can be used as dual living rooms or as a living room and a dining room
- 3 separate outdoor areas to allow occupants private outdoor sitting space: 2 downstairs patios and one upstairs balcony
- First Floor Level:
- 3 bedrooms upstairs, with ensuite bathroom
- Separate bathroom and wc. This provides one wc per bedroom
- The circulation space at the top of the stairs is widened into a study which opens onto the upstairs balcony
This arrangement allows flexibility for different user groups, particularly where there is a share household situation; the occupants may know one another but not be especially close. Each householder can find personal space away from their housemates when he/she wants without having to close themselves off in their bedrooms; however, they can also engage with others in the Kitchen and in the Living Rooms.
Circulation space has been reduced to less than 10%.