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Clarence Houses



Architect:

Rob Kennon Architects

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Project Group

Manufacturer:

Nubrik

Products Used:

Chapel Red

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Photography Credits:

Derek Swalwell


Clarence Houses are an exercise in improving an old typology. Replacing one 1950’s house with two efficient houses, the project takes the tested cost efficient dual-occupancy construction model of a central blockwork parti-wall with a timber structure, with good planning and detailing to improve its architectural quality. Although the houses share a similar program, they present to the street as two separate houses with individual character.

Clad in zinc with a punched window to frame the neighbouring tree, the first house uses the requirement to offset from the boundary to protect a neighbouring tree and activate the boundary with a side entrance.

A nod to the red brick church on a nearby corner, the second house is constructed with a hit-and-miss red brick façade to allow filtered light and a connection to the street. The entry to the brick-clad house is all light – the material change reduces the scale of the form and ensures that the garage does not dominate the elevation.