The McIlwrick Street Residences are a three townhouse development for a multi-generational family. Positioned on a single residential block, the design draws on its unique positioning adjacent to a quiet laneway in Windsor.
The original single-fronted terrace house is restored in keeping with it’s character as a stand-alone element forming one of the three residences. Connected by glazed walkway, two new residences are tucked behind the terrace house, creating an internal courtyard and physical separation between old and new architecture.
A series of rectilinear forms with deep-set punch windows are made in brick with black steel detailing as a reference to the materiality of the neighbouring laneway, characterised by brick walls and metal fences. While quite substantial in size and shape, the buildings intentionally recede into the surrounding context, so that they do not overpower the streetscape. The hard-edged forms are softened by climbing vines to add a sense of time to feel as though they have always been there.