Cleverly compact yet abundant with function, our Pascoe Vale Terraces in Melbourne’s north take a considered approach to higher-density living in the suburbs. Our aim was to address the needs of the missing middle, by providing quality homes at a relatively affordable price point that could appeal to a broad demographic - from first-home buyers and young families to older downsizers seeking to retain a connected lifestyle.
Situated on a busy main road, the robust form and unassuming materiality of the buildings take a cue from its semi-industrial setting, and the proportions of neighbouring post-war houses. Comprising a series of four separate, but adjoining 3-storey terraces behind a brick fence, main volumes are visibly distinguished by material changes: clean white brick on the ground plane transitions into weatherboard and metal on upper floors. Rooflines recede from the street, creating a sensitive silhouette in step with its residential streetscape.
These simple rectilinear pavilions are punctuated by strategically positioned windows and doors, which reduce visual bulk whilst providing select views out, and privacy within. Each home in the development features its own street access and courtyard, with generous balconies extending the liveable footprint and reinforcing a connection to the bustling location. The resulting overhangs also partially shade external spaces on the ground floor, to encourage engagement with the outdoors.
Inside, living and dining spaces positioned at the centre of the home welcome abundant natural light through north-facing windows and balconies. Dedicated study spaces enhance home amenities, supporting the increased fluidity of the post-covid workflow. Small footprint living aligns with our environmentally conscious design ethos, with units fitted with solar-heated water, and rain gardens to capture and reuse stormwater runoff. Large shrouds at each portal provide ample shading, with operable windows to ensure effective ventilation, and easy passive thermal management throughout.