MAArchitects

Harbouring seaside spirit

Elwood Townhouses

These four townhouses were designed to complement the area’s many marine-inspired apartments. The floorplans were manipulated to capture the northern sun and maximise cross ventilation, to minimise the need for air conditioning and artificial lighting, as brightly coloured spiral stairs rise through central courtyards to open roof decks.

The varied palette of renders and timber have since aged to a patina, and the landscape has established to create a soft halo to the buildings. Both of these features help the townhouses knit into their street and feel part of the Elwood community.

This project was developed by a longstanding Elwood resident, and all of the project team either worked in Elwood or lived in or near Elwood. This is reflected in the delicate and authentic final result which has a strong sense of craft.

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Scale

4 townhouses

Awards

AIA Victorian Architecture Awards 2010 – Best Multiple Housing
Port Phillip Design & Development Award, 2010