Fraternal Twins

It’s hard to play favourites with this pair of non-identical townhouses, created for an artist and an engineer. They share a boundary line and the design DNA of warm, natural materials, private light-filled interiors and clever outdoor connections. The challenge with twins is how to share the light equally.

Information

Location Gadigal and Bidjigal country, Bondi, NSW
Completion 2021

Our Team

Shaun Carter
Julie Niass
Tiffany Liew
James Ellis

Collaborators

Art & Design Cathe Stack
Construction SFN Constructions
Photography Katherine Lu
Styling Koskela

Identical in plan, the twins can also play opposites: where one reveals, the other conceals, and vice versa.

Replacing a single-storey bungalow near Bondi Beach, the twins present differing faces to the street, while internally the floor plans are mirrored. Each is designed in an L-shape around three lightwell/courtyard spaces that draw in light and breezes. The material palette of lightly bagged recycled brickwork with weatherboard and timber window and door frames nods to the coastal vernacular.

Interiors combine the warmth of wood, white-painted brickwork and cool concrete floors. Sustainable design includes glazing that maximises light, airflow and heat exhaust for natural thermal comfort, while solar roof panels and embedded rainwater tanks harvest natural resources to reduce consumption.

The material palette of lightly bagged recycled brickwork with weatherboard and timber window and door frames nods to the coastal vernacular.

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