Carpenter st brighton

New Home 

Co-lab Architecture was briefed by the client to create the perfect inner suburban home to complement their migratory lifestyle, as they move from their beach house to their city house on a regular basis. Their new city home needed to be spacious enough to have room to entertain, bedrooms for their grown-up children to return to the nest, or for future grandchildren, low maintenance materials and importantly, incorporate every man’s dream - a garage for the client’s love affair with cars.

The site for the new building was incredibly compact, just over 200 square metres. The client briefed the architect team to find empathic design solutions that would have minimal impact on surrounding neighbours.

The design solution resulted in a two storey building with a basement carpark, wrapped around internal courtyard spaces. Remarkably, there is no overshadowing of any neighbours buildings. On the ground floor is a spacious living and dining area. Upstairs the master bedroom has views to the internal courtyard and cherry tree which increases the feeling of space, whilst the children’s rooms have been designed to be more functional, with the recognition that they are temporary quarters.

The facade of the building utilises off form concrete and glass to give maximum privacy at ground floor level and capture northern light on the first floor level. The glass will also feature a varied opaque film, where the low portion of the glass is opaque and the top is transparent giving some privacy without the use of blinds.

A basement carpark, accessible by motorised car-lift, showcases up to five cars via a custom-fitted turntable plate operated by remote to rotate cars before parking. The driver then enters the main house via a lift, arriving in the ground floor entry way.

Due to council overlays on building height restrictions, as well as depth restrictions, the design of the overall building cleverly utilises engineering prowess, structural materials and varied ceiling heights to achieve the design solution.