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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

McIlwrick Street Residences in Windsor Victoria, Australia by B.E ARCHITECTURE

 
July 7th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: B.E ARCHITECTURE

The McIlwrick Street Residences are a three-townhouse development located on a single residential block in Windsor. Like an old European village, the development is a small cluster of buildings you can see through and walk between such that the significant addition feels as though it could have always been there.

Middle residence, Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

Middle residence, Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

  • Architects: B.E ARCHITECTURE
  • Project: McIlwrick Street Residences
  • Location: Windsor Victoria, Australia
  • Software used: Revit, Sketchup

Flush struck brickwork window detail, Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

Flush struck brickwork window detail, Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

A series of reduced forms with deep-set window reveals are made in flush struck brickwork with black steel detailing responding to materiality of the neighbouring laneway. Built more like early Victorian Australian architecture, it is a quiet integration made from solid materials and time-honoured craftsmanship not typically used in modern developments. The hard-edged structures are softened by climbing vines to give the building a sense of time.

Flush struck brickwork with deep inset windows, Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

Flush struck brickwork with deep inset windows, Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

Continuing to establish the buildings as separate homes, different materials palettes have been developed for each residence to create an individual sense of identity. The front house has referential period detailing, the middle is brighter white with poured concrete benches and the back is neutral in warm grey and timber. The spaces between the buildings create private outdoor terraces for each residence and act as light wells into the inner areas of the development.

A small cluster of buildings create three separate residences along a laneway, Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

A small cluster of buildings create three separate residences along a laneway, Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

While the residences are each a building in their own right, there is a closeness that reflect the multi-generational family that inhabits them. They intertwine and open onto the adjacent laneway used as an additional, shared outdoor terrace. Only accessed by the residences, the laneway is a concealed space for the family to congregate as well as a safe for kids to play.

Rear residence built around an internal courtyard opens onto the secluded laneway, Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

Rear residence built around an internal courtyard opens onto the secluded laneway, Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

Rear residence, Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

Rear residence, Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

Steel detail on rear residence, Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

Steel detail on rear residence, Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

Masonry with black steel detail and solid timber door, Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

Masonry with black steel detail and solid timber door, Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

Interiors in rear residence with warm materials, Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

Interiors in rear residence with warm materials, Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

Rear residence kitchen, Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

Rear residence kitchen, Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

Skylight in stairwell, Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

Skylight in stairwell, Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

Black steel detail on middle residence, Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

Black steel detail on middle residence, Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

Image Courtesy © B.E ARCHITECTURE

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