Project 1. Laneway house
Infilling a line of garages and corrugated iron fences on an inner city laneway, this house is built to fill all boundaries of its 11m by 14m site. Constructed in a similar form but with more refined materials of glazed bricks and zinc cladding, the façade hints at the domestic life behind.
Irregular vertical timbers are used throughout to filter boundaries both inside and out. A screen of timber fins and vertical battens form a capping around the first floor terrace, softening the hard edge of the brickwork and echoing the creeper-clad lattice topping neighbouring fences.
Project 2. testing grounds
The project is designed, built and operated by ‘These are The Projects we do together’. The Testing Grounds occupies a large vacant block of Crown Land within the arts precinct, at the intersection of City Road and Sturt Street. This land had been vacant for 23 years after the demolition of Melbourne’s YMCA Headquarters, which stood on the site since 1926.
Envisioned as a free open-air art space and bar, Testing Grounds is a place for experimentation, public gatherings and educational opportunities. Open to the public every day and night, Testing Grounds is an exploration into ways to use under-utilised civic space to provide the general public with greater amenity.