Bow House

Bow house lies on a residential street in Richmond, Melbourne to what was previously a single storey brick cottage. The rectangular shaped block fronts Coppin Street to the west and is bound by houses each side. The northern boundary is abutted by a 2 storey wall which runs the length of the site.

The brief, a modest 3 bedroom family house for an active young family ,providing them with increased living and kitchen spaces, connectivity and maximising available natural light. The form of the house responds to its rectilinear orientation by maximising the path of the sun and creating an internal, private aspect for its habitants. The house bows in both plan and section, maximising available sunlight to the courtyard garden and defining a double storey street frontage which creates intimacy to the two upper bedrooms. A full-width glazed roofl ight captures morning sun on the upper level landing and bathroom. To the rear, the double height volume above the living area acts as culmination in transition from the street to the privacy of the garden oasis