Unknown Housing

This is a grouped dwelling on Malcolm Street about to be demolished, and i think it is a great shame. These are beautiful little modern houses, in the vein of the ‘sydney school'( for lack of a better descriptor) in the way they hug the site as it falls away towards the back, and the use of organic materials/colour choice. ie the proliferation of green paint, and also greenery in general. Great split level planning and generally very considerate and workable planning inside. Flexible. Each level has a large plane of glazing providing a great amount of natural light.  Clerestories to the top level are also an exellent addition. Very cute little modern excercise in small housing and tight planning. Although in a pretty awful state at the moment, it would not take much to make these excellent little houses again, and to retain some character within the street. Although i greatly admire the architects that are doing the thing thats replacing these houses, GresleyAbas architetects, I just really want these to stay. there are vacant blocks around,build on those! Anyways, these will be a great loss to West Austrlaian architecture. And i hate that. 

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3 responses to “Unknown Housing

  1. Anonymous Perthon

    Did you get away with the chair? Its so painful to watch them knock down good stuff. Why couldnt anyone see the potential of these?

  2. I was interested to read your comments regarding the existing townhouses on Malcolm Street. I’m not sure if they can be regarded as a archetypal example of modern design. These townhouses would be 1970’s at best.
    I would also question the organic materials choice to which you refer I can’t see any evidence of this, the material seem pretty typical of buildings it’s age and just painting it green doesn’t make it more sustainable.
    I agree the planning is good but not reason enough to restore these buidlings.
    These buildings have reached a point where they will no longer function adequately without major restoration, given the location and Density coding, it makes sense to rebuild.

  3. these buildings were actually part of a failed development project (by others) that was eventually completed & designed by Geoffrey Howlett. The split level planing is an excellent use of space with minimal circulation yet a spacious outcome with an internal width less than 4m per unit! the typology matches other medium density designs carried out by Howlett & Bailey in south perth & north perth from the 70’s.
    i lived there myself for about 2 years… the cool design suffered from bad orientation and almost no insulation..but a gem nevertheless.

    as architects for the new development: we are ensuring that some docmentation of the existing is undertaken before demolition.

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