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Modest density insertion in the suburban fabric

Category Infill Development  |  Project Fraser Street, Edithvale  |  Architect Lowe Construction

Context

This multi unit residential development is located on a suburban corner block.  It replaces a single dwelling with three dwellings.  The surrounding streets are characterised by post war single storey houses on quarter acre blocks.

Challenge

The new development needed to provide independent addresses and accesses for each dwelling and respect the typical low scale of the surrounding suburban area.

Response

The new development took advantage of a corner location and oriented the new dwellings to the two street frontages.  The two storey scale of the housing is compatible with the surrounding suburban scale.  The new houses are visually interesting, employing a mixed palette of materials and  finishes and an articulated massing which breaks down the apparent bulk of the buildings.  Landscaped front and side setbacks, together with a fence design which is integral to the architecture, assists in providing a contemporary and attractive street presentation.

Lessons

This project shows how additional modest density can be achieved in a typical suburban middle suburb that is respectful of the existing context and streetscape.

More information

Fact Sheet - Fraser Avenue, Edithvale (PDF, 778.6 KB)
Fact Sheet - Fraser Avenue, Edithvale accessible version (DOC, 24.0 KB)

Fraser Avenue-Edithvale