Collection XI - 9-11 Mowbray Street, Hawthorn East
K2LD Architects used the vernacular of the domestic pitched roof to create these 11 three-storey townhouses in East Hawthorn. Sharing a basement car park, each of the three townhouses at the front of the property (approximately 165 square metres in area) has its own street address with a path that leads from the pavement to the front door. And unlike many detached homes, they have manicured lawns that allow engagement with the street. The eight other townhouses, or villas as they are referred to, are located behind and are slightly elevated being above the basement car parking. Approximately 280 square metres in size, these villas feature butterfly-shaped roofs to allow for northern light. Constructed in off-formed ribbed concrete, combined with timber cladding laid both vertically and horizontally, these townhouses respond in both materials and form to the many detached homes in the neighbourhood. The charming villages found around Tuscany in Northern Italy also inspired the architects. While the topography in Hawthorn East is considerably flatter, they did include an internal street/garden that allows for neighbours, friends and family to congregate. Complete with arbours for sun protection, this shared space also forms part of the outlook from within each villa.
While each villa is slightly different, all include open plan kitchen, living and dining areas at ground level. And on the first floor are three bedrooms and two bathrooms; an ensuite for the main bedroom and a shared bathroom for the other two. As with most detached homes, there’s also a separate laundry and a guest powder room at ground level, together with well-positioned private courtyard-style gardens adjacent to living areas. Those wanting to scale down, but not feel confined, will appreciate the spaciousness and thoughtful design provided at Collection XI.