griffith dual occupancy
- Griffith, ACT
- Project Details
- A two-storey dual occupancy dwelling, partially hidden by large native eucalyptus street trees, stands as an exemplar project of sustainable, new development sympathetic to the scale and character of the historic Canberra suburb of Griffith. The residence addresses are private, with direct street access by pedestrian paths to Lindsay street. A common vehicular access drive leads to disclosed large basement garages located at the rear of the development.
The articulated facades ensure appropriate street scale with intimate balconies, which include cleverly detailed operable screens for privacy. This also adds movement and interest to the facade, while also serving as a practical element to shade the harsh western sun.
Excellent year-round solar access and amenity is provided to both residences by retaining a large amount of site area at the front and rear of the dwellings for private open space and deep-root planting, along with centrally located north-facing courtyards with operable awnings. Large private balconies from the master bedrooms overlook the rear garden at high level and to the treetops of the neighbouring backyards. Large sliding doors with 'juliet' balconies to bedrooms promote cross ventilation and interest.
The client's sustainable focus has integrity through the entire development. Passive sustainability initiatives were implemented such as effective orientation, cross ventilation, double glazed windows with high performance thermally broken window frames, heavily insulated flooring, walling and roofing. Further advanced with the sustainable technology of hydronic heating in slab, thermal wrapping of walls and roof and high thermal mass. Solar panels and solar hot water were also implemented.
"This development creates a fresh, clean look to the streetscape, whilst simultaneously reflecting and enhancing the character of Griffith through the robust materiality and careful detailing. This was important to do as multiple new dwellings have not retained any history of the suburb."