Panoramic Drive

Kingston

Status :

Contract Documentation 2020

Photography :

JAWS Architects

This small multi-residential development is located on a rocky shelf of an elevated corner block in a new Kingston subdivision. The key challenge for this project was to provide a cost-effective development which strikes a balance between good design, privacy and amenity for the residents.

Two strata title residences share the drive, visitor parking and a single common party wall. The ground floor of each residence contains a double Garage with tandem parking, 2 Bedrooms and service rooms. The Entries are highlighted and given privacy by feature natural timber screens.

Upper levels project over the recessed base to break down the massing and offer sun protection to the lower levels. The Main Bedroom suites and the open plan Living spaces on this level have been designed with a focus on the quality of space and light. Large balconies off the Living rooms are oriented to capture the panoramic views and to catch northern sun whilst maintaining privacy.

The interplay of simple cubic forms and a refined material palette define the architectural language.

The light coloured, painted, fibre cement sheet of the upper Living levels float over a face brick base for the ground floor levels. A darker zone in the centre assists in further modulating the massing.

Terraces, parking and turning bays are formed by light grey retaining walls, nestled into gardens.

The two houses sit comfortably on the elevated curve of the new subdivision enjoying panoramic views and sun, providing a respectful suburban infill development on a topographically challenged block.