Dulwich Hill Duo | Blake Letnic Architects

Dulwich Hill Duo | Blake Letnic Architects | Photographer: Katherine Lu

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Dulwich Hill Duo | Blake Letnic Architects

Traditional Land Owners
The Gadigal and Wangal peoples of the Eora Nation

New South Wales

EmAGN Project Award
Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
TPS & Co Construction
Katherine Lu
Project summary

Dulwich Hill Duo is a new semi-detached dual occupancy located in Sydney’s lively Inner-West that maximises efficiency of space and elevates everyday living. The project offered an opportunity to not only provide equitable housing for our clients but contribute to improving housing density and diversity within the suburban fringes.

The clients, two brothers seeking to live side by side with their families, provided two separate briefs – one for a typical 4-bedroom family home, the other for a share-house arrangement. Working closely with each client, the design sought to rationalise these two programs while maintaining a consistent architectural language.

The result is a contemporary reinterpretation of the vernacular of the area while maintaining appropriate density and amenity to the streetscape. Face brickwork references the prevailing construction material of the area, whilst vaulted standing-seam clad roof forms adopt a contemporary take on the typical gable ends that feature along the streetscape.

New South Wales Architecture Awards Accolades
Shortlist – Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
New South Wales Jury Presentation

Dulwich Hill Duo has allowed us to come together as the extended family of two brothers to build two adjoining dwellings. As individual families it permitted us to configure our own floor plans and preferred design approaches to meet our differing needs whilst retaining a cohesive external form. We love the abundance of natural light, quality detailed finishes and elevated sense of space with the high vaulted ceilings to the upper floors. As a builder it was Andrew’s dream to build his own house. The result is a brilliant contemporary split-level duplex that maximises efficient use of space.

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