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Hertford Street Townhouses

A new development of 5 timber-clad townhouses on a compact  urban block in Melbourne’s inner north.

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The client’s brief called for a high quality and high density response, creating desirable and genuinely liveable homes aiming to make a positive contribution to the urban landscape.

The building is effectively a terrace of 5 separate houses, varying from 3 levels to 5 levels and each with their own garage and external private spaces.  2 unique smaller houses face east onto Hertford Street with 3 almost identical larger homes facing north, accessed by the bluestone laneway.

To create unity across a complex form a custom timber profile cladding was designed, prototyped and developed to line the upper levels of the building.  This profile provided the opportunity to address the privacy screening which was required to the north with the same material and visual spacing, lending the building a singular sculptural form.

Fine black metal apertures and edge details contain the timber cladding and define picture windows.  Black asphalt shingles and expanded metal mesh screens complete the palette, sitting as recessive elements against the timber form.

Tightly radiused curves and sculpted recesses provide subtle articulation between the houses, reinforcing their elegant verticality, whilst retaining a singular cohesion.  The houses are designed to read individually at a human scale, and collectively at an urban level.

Elevated ground floor courtyards and rooftop terraces allow a places for outdoor living with considered thresholds between inside and out.    Each house also includes a flexible room; planned to allow use as a bedroom, office, study or secondary living space depending on the occupants and their individual needs.

Interiors were conceived as an evolution of the Peel by Milieu apartments to create light, spatially simple and materially rich spaces.  White walls and ceilings are complimented with dark cork flooring, oak ceilings, soft grey metalwork and stainless steel kitchens.

Location Melbourne
Client Milieu Property
Photographer Scottie Cameron & Dianna Snape
Completion Date November 2017