Leinster Street Townhouses

Leinster Street Townhouses


Sitting in a typical bayside suburban street sits a parcel of land yearning to be reignited & loved again. On it sits a single home old & tired & in need of updating, however with such a large block & a desire for a more relaxed lifestyle the clients took a different angle. The want for low impact sustainable living pushed our design along the path of mid century inspired architecture with courtyard living & large expanses of floor to ceiling glass protects with eaves to bring the inside out & outside in without impacting solar access through the cooler months. 

Architecturally speaking it's simplistic in form with recessive elements that allow a wall of glass to open up to the street. A wall of vertical timber softly hides the garage with a driveway to one side leading up towards the rear unit. The streetscape evokes a symmetry with the typical single residence blocks containing large front yards & driveways to one side giving the impression of one large double storey home. 

The front residence opens up off the entry into a kitchen/meals area then flows out into the central courtyard through the wall of glass. Stepping down to the right the home shifts into a more relaxed detached living area which continues the theme of glass walls. Towards the rear of the sunken living room sits a door that hides a private master suite.

The rear residence hides the master suite to the left of the entry between the garage & kitchen flanked by the laundry & accessed by a small hallway. The master suite itself opens onto a small private courtyard through a wall of glass. Moving forward from the main entrance & away from the master suite the home expands to its left and right. To the left sits an expansive kitchen/meals area and to the right you step down into the sunken lounge, the two areas detached yet connected through the continuos flow of floor to ceiling glazing along the rear elevation. 

The upper floor areas of each townhouse which are near identical yet flipped in layout are accessed by open timber stairs with elegantly thin powder coated metal railings that draw you up to a rumpus room area flooded in northern light through the expanses of glass tucked to the side sit two minor bedrooms that share a well appointed bathroom with separate powder room and linen closets for extra storage. 

The Leinster Street Residences sit comfortably together on the land allowing simple architectural forms to create open and inviting homes. When viewed from the street the townhouses give the impression of being a single residence with the rear townhouse obscured from street view by the front townhouse retaining a sense of the typical single residence architecture within the neighbourhood.