- Article by Online Editor
- Photography by Adrian Lambert
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Shenton Road Terraces, a group of 3 pairs of Victorian Era row houses stand at the juncture of the Perth to Fremantle railway line and the Claremont Town Centre.
Originally designed to house workers for the nearby Claremont railway station the terraces have remained largely unaltered for over a century. Pragmatic in layout, subdued in detail, with flairs of the ornamental only present to the street elevation, the Terraces have become popular with young couples due to the proximity to the Town Centre.
This terrace conversion sought to increase the accommodation to three bedrooms and a main living space and outdoor area sandwiched between two dividing boundary walls that run the full length of the site to Claremont Crescent to the south.
The blade walls collect the various planning elements along the length. The rear entry separated from the tension created by the two walls by an overhead skylight. The linear plan effectively stretched to an abnormal length to create a sense of bigness.
The clients interest in adaptive reuse formed a strong stylistic impetus for the project. The design draws influence from the post-war modernist courtyard housing in Australia, overlayed over a pragmatic, cost-effective and heritage friendly linear form.