The genesis for the design of this house in the Canberra suburb of Yarralumla stemmed from an initial site meeting where the clients wished to consider what renovations they could make to their half of an existing duplex. The wished to investigate the options for making the home more usable appropriate for a low maintenance lifestyle.

The resultant decision to demolish their half of the duplex and reattach a totally new house in its place has resulted in a dramatic transformation. Not only has the house itself been invigorated but an otherwise undistinguished and blandly uniform row of semi-detached houses forming the immediate streetscape has benefited also.

The decision to reattach a two-storey element and subsequently step down the scale of the dwelling has proved successful. The decision to run parallel north facing single storey elements back into a restricted block has produced a house with intimate and well related outdoor spaces

project credits
Design Architect: Tony Trobe
Project Architect: Tony Trobe
Structural Consultant: Ron Rogers, Rogers and Jefferis
Photographer: Tony Trobe


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