Garden Tower House is a gymnastic exercise in making a family home with all the amenities one might have on a suburban block, fit into a very tight 4.2-metre wide site in Cremorne. The addition to the rear has a singular, all-encompassing outer skin of breezeblock, employed to diffuse the boundary interface and moderate the two-way arm-wrestle between opportunity and detriment.
In such tight planning, every millimetre has to work hard to realise programmatic potential, every wall surface needed to contribute to supporting family life.
At every opportunity, lush greenery is introduced in small pockets of planted area that, in total, seek to offer verdant backyard surroundings where none are possible. The breezeblock-clad volumes form a trellis for climbing leafiness to eventually take over. The ambition is that Garden Tower House will, over time, become attached to and embedded in nature, offering calming respite from the pressing urban context.
Amy Tung, Graduate of Architecture
Emily Watson, Project Architect
Jaxon Webb, Architect
Maia Close, Architect
Melissa Bright, Director
Rachel Freeman, Horticulturist
Robert McIntyre, Director for Design Realisation
Meyer Consulting, Engineer