SUBURBAN BLACK

Two Stories


Location: Ringwood | Value: $2.7m

This project comprises nine family-sized townhouse dwellings spread across three typical suburban blocks in heavily-treed Ringwood.

This project probes and questions the forms of the ubiquitous townhouse unit development in suburban Melbourne.  This project comprises nine family-sized townhouse dwellings spread across three typical suburban blocks in heavily-treed Ringwood.

The architecture is directly driven by a topographical and contextual study of the site.  The light “bark” hues of the ground floor plane and the black “shadowing” effect of the first floor components are inspired by the surrounding vegetation.  The architecture thus appears to “grow” out of the site.  The roof forms are motivated by topography and are a playful and graphical twist on standard roof forms.

Suburban Black is the outcome of an aggregation of economic parameters, planning envelopes and the desire to create a design-driven marketable product with a point of difference for its owners.

The townhouses have been laid out in a manner to optimise northerly solar access into its living areas where practicable.

A single driveway into the development minimises impervious areas and reduces stormwater run-off.

Many trees have been retained on the site, over and above the minimums required, which contributes to the continuing natural character of the area.