Christopher Megowan Design recently completed two townhomes in Malvern, an inner suburb of Melbourne, Australia.
The two homes stretch across the site from east to west and use north facing light courts, skylights over the stairs and skillion roofs to the rear lounge to maximize sunlight to the spaces of the two homes which require it most. The homes achieved an excellent standard of energy efficiency thanks to its creative siting, passive ventilation and thermal mass contained in the rendered brick exterior walls of each home. Double-glazing, solar panels, solar hot water, LED lighting throughout and rainwater tanks complete the environmental package.
Built on a tight budget for a speculative developer, the homes quickly sold for above market value. The street frontage of the two homes features ebonized mountain ash timber accents and channel set glazing to the front balconies. The homes are littered with carefully thought-out custom joinery to the robes, kitchens, studies and bathrooms. The rear lounges have vaulted ceilings and a clear connection to the outdoor garden. This indoor/outdoor flow allows for the each home to feel much more spacious than most of homes of a similar size and for the homes inhabitants to better connect with the famously fickle Melbourne weather.
+ Architect: Christopher Megowan Design