Rockingham Townhouses - 22 Rockingham Street, Kew
These five three level townhouses (including basement car parking) follow a terrace-like typology however, unlike Victorian terraces, there is clear separation between townhouses, with a leafy walkway reducing the scale between buildings. As a result, there is abundant light from all sides of each townhouse. Two flexible rooms at basement level can either be used as a gymnasium, home cinema or even as a home office.
Symmetry and exceptional detailing also mark these townhouses. Clad in stone, with bronze metal detailing around windows and other apertures, these townhouses were designed for the discerning buyer wanting the sense of a bespoke home. It’s a unique development, with each townhouse having its own street frontage. Private outdoor open spaces, individual internal lifts and the ability to customise interior spaces led itself to a very quick uptake of these prestigious homes. “The townhouses were customised, with some preferring to convert the study into a butler’s pantry, using one of the three bedrooms as a study,” says architect George Yiontis.
The use of stone gives the development a sense of luxury, as well as warmth. “We took quite a classical approach with this design,” says Yiontis, who was inspired to use the bronze detailing around windows and as a canopy of each main entrance. “There is a sense of walking into some of the great 1930s buildings Melbourne is renowned for places such as banks and those grand apartment buildings,” he adds.
The townhouses are exceptionally spacious. At ground level is an open plan kitchen, living and dining area that leads to a generous terrace and courtyard-style garden designed by Jack Merlo. And to strengthen the connection to the outdoors, there’s a double-height over the living areas, increasing the natural light in the process. Some of the townhouses also come with lap pools. “Rockingham is appealing to the ‘down sizing super sizer’, those who aren’t prepared to compromise on either space or amenity,” says Yiontis. European oak timber floors, stone finishes in kitchens and bathrooms and tiled floors in wet areas add to the sense of luxury.