The fine grain of inner-city housing stock is fraught with narrow blocks and small parcels of land. Measuring only 5 metres by 25 metres, the site for the 57 Tivoli Road Residence has an added constraint of fronting onto a busy road. It was necessary to create visual and acoustic privacy and the illusion of space.
The linear sequence of spaces resulting from the narrow frontage is negated by locating the entrance down a suspended walkway on the outside of the building. Inside the entrance is a sculptural, timber-lined staircase leading up to the main first floor living areas. It also serves to divide the lower level into private bedroom quarter on one side and communal living quarter on the other.