Farmer Street Residences | Cheah Saw Architecture

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Farmer Street Residences | Cheah Saw Architecture

Traditional Land Owners


Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing
Sustainable Architecture
Cubo Group
Trevor Mein
Project summary

Farmer Street Residences is a multi-residential development that organises two sizable residences into a tight inner-city site in a dense built-up context. Mirroring the dense surrounds, the plan compresses a series of alternating indoor and outdoor rooms together.

This project brings back to life a piece of Richmond’s history, the adaptive reuse of the historically significant stables complex at 19-21 Farmer Street, Richmond dating from 1910.

The existing courtyard typology is extended – a series of courtyards are inserted into the solid forms, for light and air, pockets of greenery, and to divide and define spaces.
The existing standing seam roof is turned vertical in the extension, becoming graded rotating metal blades that seamlessly shift from closed to open for light and views. This kinetic form floats above the heritage brickwork, overhanging the footpath below.

Victorian Jury Presentation
Project Practice Team

Benjamin Tan, Project Architect
Joanne Saw, Design Architect and Director

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Cubo Group, Developer
Cundall, Services Consultant
Goodison & Associates, Land Surveyor
Ratio, Town Planner
Webber Design, Structural Engineer

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Farmer Street Residences | Cheah Saw Architecture | Photographer: Trevor Mein

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