Australian Institute of Architects - Commendation (Residential – Multiple Housing) 2010
A townhouse development proposed for a small street off the inner-Adelaide boulevard of Hutt Street presented a typical challenge: the multiple constraints of streetscape, heritage, planning requirements and developer-driven budget restrictions. It had been a familiar scenario for Tectvs throughout its almost 20-year involvement in the sea-change shift in Adelaide from suburban houses to smaller dwellings in medium-density developments.
Throughout the construction of the townhouses, Tectvs was able to draw upon its relationship with the sensitivities of historic and small-scale inner-suburb neighbourhoods to develop an exciting solution to a restrictive site that would go on to become an award winner.
Tectvs designed a contextually familiar yet contemporary presence to the street, which opened up to a two-storey rear. A central courtyard acted to cross-ventilate and expand interior spaces, and careful consideration of the space between spaces promoted flexible living areas. Achieving an active street engagement as well as useable front rooms provided a unique blend of modern living and local development plan aspirations.
Cairns Street townhouses are an example of city living done right: a well reasoned division between living and sleeping spaces, abundance of natural light and modern finishings.