Location: Australia, Melbourne
Area: 400 m2
Photographs: Tom Ross
Other Team Members: Greg Scott Constructions
Occupying an under-utilized open space at the rear of two existing Californian bungalows, Bardolph Gardens consists of two single-story dwellings that provide environmentally sustainable, affordable, and well designed rental housing in Glen Iris. Celebrating the prominence of brick materiality in the surrounding context, the recycled brick facade adds value to the streetscape with a simple, contemporary aesthetic. The form and pitch of the roof planes take cues from its neighboring houses, homogenizing the proposed forms with the neighborhood character.
Dwellings are entered through either a private courtyard or landscaped garden. Interiors are generous, light filled, warm and spacious with each room having an outlook to greenery. A considered roof pitch and external steel awnings work to maximise solar gain in winter whilst providing volume and an abundance of light to the living areas through north facing glazing. The pared back, humble and robust material palette serves a purpose to ensure longevity of the dwellings. Embedded throughout, a series of hit-and-miss brick screens create smaller courtyards, drawing in air and dappled light to adjacent bedrooms and bathrooms.
Bardolph Gardens is designed with a priority towards sustainability with each dwelling achieving a minimum of 8 stars. Carefully designed to maximize thermal performance, dwellings operate entirely from a zero fossil fuel services system, including a solar PV array and heat pump system that supplies hot water.