A Modern, Multi-Generational Home

This 2,438 sq.ft residential new-build is an attainable architectural home that showcases a creative, intelligent approach to urban infill housing. Opening up equally to the front and back yards and with a regular city lot footprint, this home creatively houses three generations of one family.

Architecture:
D'Arcy Jones Architects
Interior Design:
D'Arcy Jones Architects
Completion:
Summer 2019

A Layout Suited To All Generations

This sculptural dwelling designed by D’Arcy Jones Architecture was thoughtfully conceived with the end-users in mind. The home’s smaller half is 968 sq.ft, ideal for grandparents who want to be closer to their grandkids and assist with childcare. Reciprocally, their adult children, in 1,470 sq.ft, can be available to help their parents age in place while enjoying regular interaction.

Attainable Architecture in Victoria’s Inner City

The hourglass-shaped plan was derived from a simple design brief: the grandparents requested a sunny outdoor space with an east-facing area while their son, daughter-in-law, and two children wanted a west-facing outdoor space that would capitalize sunsets. Dividing the suites into front/back orientation allow the families to each have their own distinct space and patio looking out to their respective yards. Windows that face three directions provide both residences with natural light and fresh cross breezes typical of a single-family home.

Thinking Outside The Box, Literally

Exposed joists and generic prefabricated trusses impart a lively, almost half-finished feel to interior spaces, appealing to the homeowners’ request for an esthetic that is casual and unpretentious.

Personality Is Everything

The personality of the house is like a half-opened present, stopped in motion to let the messiness and fun of life be centre stage

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