Missing Middle Design Competition, 2017

'Ashfield Archipelago' received a commendation in the Manor Houses category of the NSW Government's Missing Middle Design Competition. The aim of the competition was to investigate possibilities in medium density housing and provide feedback on the Medium Density Housing Guide.

'Ashfield Archipelago' reinvents the typology of the manor house in suburban Ashfield. The design utilises the platform to create a series of levels with varying degrees of privacy.

Entering from the street, an individual passes through a front courtyard and down a louvred passage to an internal courtyard with shared kitchen facilities and a light-well. The individual can then enter each of the three separate residences which rise like towers from the platform. The residents are also able to access these towers externally. The towers look onto the shared courtyard of the platform, and are equipped with roof gardens allowing for private recreation.

There is also a communal vegetable roof garden. The project does not provide any parking, however there is a bike storage facility and shared laundry on the platform-courtyard level.

The project emphasises the use of the back lane in the development of its architecture. There are steps for seating looking onto the back lane that lead up to the platform-courtyard. If the project was to expand, the courtyards are designed so that they would be able to form a series of plazas, essentially becoming a street within the landscape of the block. Finally, the design seeks to reflect the architectural language of Ashfield through the materiality of brick, which is perforated in this project, again reflecting the project's fascination with layers of public/private space.

In collaboration with Henry Foley.