North Melbourne is a proposal for eleven townhouses on a site with three street frontages and with minimal setbacks to the street. The site also features a significant fall to the north.

The design groups the dwellings into three distinct blocks, with each block addressing a different street and at a different level. These three blocks encircle a central courtyard which provides a communal landscaped space and secondary frontage to each of the dwellings. Shielded from the street, this courtyard forms the peaceful core of the development.

The proposal incorporates multi-purpose spaces at ground level along the entire perimeter, encouraging activity at the street level. This has been achieved by consolidating the car parking and services beneath the courtyard. The use of contrasting materials breaks up the scale of the development, whilst the extensive use of brickwork imparts a feeling of solidity and permanence to the design.

Year: 2021.