Ivanhoe Dual Occupancy

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  • Dual Occupancy
  • Knock down rebuild

The Brief

Whilst the primary focus of this dual occupancy development is as an investment, our clients intend to reside in one of the properties for several years whilst selling the other on completion.
Our brief was to design two well-appointed family homes of architectural merit whilst not overcapitalizing on resale to achieve this. Our clients wanted spaces that are light filled and flexible surrounded by green garden space.


1. The properties have a north/south side orientation so we had consider how to get light into the southern property's living spaces
2. How to avoid long narrow corridors when designing with a party wall.
3. How to make double garages to the front work, practical but dominant on a side by side dual occupancy development.

Our Approach

Through sun studies, the architectural team strategically placed an internal courtyard beside an open staircase. Viewable from the entry, it serves the southern dwelling in particular by getting in much needed light. It also breaks up the corridor, giving a sense of space and providing a pop of green to the middle of the house.
The staircase also provide a sense of space as it is open & abuts glazing rather than a wall so you can look through it. It has a void above which also acts as lightwell to both levels
Our architects addressed the dominance of the garages creatively through their use of light aluminum battens behind a translucent light weight base. This gives it a feel of lightness & weightlessness to the structure & at night will appear to lightly glow, illuminated.
The multi-purpose room on ground can be used as a second living space, study, bedroom. The bi folding doors to this space provide both connection and separation.