The barcode-like street façade on the ‘Grange’ project is an abstraction of the generational view through a picket fence. The Canterbury area is populated with a mix of heritage style homes with the timber picket fence as a common theme. This concept transpired to form the irregular window break up with black glass interruptions that reflect the street trees and offer privacy to the occupants – all the while alluding to the architecture of it’s surrounds.
The site was a prominent corner block in the heritage-heavy area of Canterbury. With a brief for a contemporary style home there was an inherit responsibility to respond to the neighbourhood character and the overall feel of the area.
The highly visible site needed a design that would sit comfortably amongst the traditional homes. The shape of the site left a narrow envelope for the lower storey after taking into account the distances required for an appropriate street setback and grading driveway while allowing for an adequate north facing backyard.
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Floor Area: 365.2m2
Outdoor Area: 57m2
Architects: Vibe Design Group
Photos: Peter Hyatt