Location: Surrey Hills
Status: In Construction
Category: Multi-Unit Residential
The proposed development is for an additional level to two individual units at the rear of a block of 4 units in Surrey Hills. The current two bedroom units are exposed orange brick, circa 1960s.
The primary objective of the project is to create residences suitable for family living. The existing units contain two bedrooms, poorly oriented living spaces and no connections between living spaces and private open space. The new addition aims to override these shortcomings.
The top floor is materially treated as a single element to complement the adjoining residences but also to distinguish new from the old. A shadow line delineated the new addition.
The simple palette consists of timber, steel and rendered brick. The building is read as whole, rather than individual units, broken up by shadow reveals and screens. Courtyards and terraces are designed to maximise privacy, solar access and liveability.
The internal layouts are responsive to the existing conditions. Initially, Unit Three had little exposure to a northern aspect. The proposed design reconfigures the ground floor to include a new master bedroom suite with WIR and ensuite and the addition of a study. At level one the open plan living, dining and kitchen / meals area have a north easterly aspect opening to an upper level terrace, which is screened from the neighbours.
Unit Four is also reconfigured, however, the ground floor areas will open to a rear deck with a north easterly aspect. A master bedroom suite which will include a WIR and ensuite at ground level. The addition at level one includes two bedrooms, one bathroom and rumpus room. The bedrooms have an easterly and northerly aspect and the rumpus room opens to a west-facing balcony with screening for privacy.
The layouts maximise solar access and are designed for the day-to-day activities of their young families.