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- Architect Finnis Architects
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Upon purchasing the site in late 2006 our client, engaged our office to investigate the possibilities of maximising its potential as a multi residential infill development. Given that the site was extremely compact at approximately 280sqm and was currently occupied by single storey Victorian Terrace occupying the western portion of the site, our task was not only spatially challenging but presented obvious contextual issues.
Our philosophy was to produce a product that tested our design skills in uniting both the renovated Victorian and new dwelling forms in a unique and successful combination.
In order to maximise the spatial relationships between each area, internal gardens, mirrored walls and first floor voids were created to accentuate the composition of light, greenery and space.
Budgetary constraints played a controlling factor in the overall design, insuring an exhaustive process toward achieving the desired result at the best price.
Both dwellings were designed to achieve a minimum of five star energy rating with an emphasis on passive solar penetration.
The most beneficial aspect of the finished product from was the amount of usable floor area and natural light which is evident from within all areas.
Design architect- Les Finnis
Design architect- Michael Holah
Design architect- Ken Lee
Documentation- Tony Manning
Documentation- Anna Todorova
Project manager- Les Finnis
Building surveyor- Watershed Building Consultants
Structural consultant- John Tilley
Interior designer- Carmel Iudica
Builder- PPM Builders (Paul Miller)
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