Lygon Street

Lygon Street

Lygon Street

Project details –


Visioneer Builders



Press –

online feature

online feature

Domain Magazine
print + online feature

Lunchbox Architects
online feature


Willem-Dirk du Toit

Esme Parker


This house was designed to be shared.

With home-ownership in the inner city becoming increasingly out of reach; strategies to offset cost through shared living arrangements will become increasingly common. This project seeks to embrace this and create a living situation that takes the best elements of communal living into a more grown up space.

The site in inner-Melbourne’s Carlton North now has two standalone buildings that face each other across a shared garden. This allows inhabitants to control what they share and their level of privacy; which creates flexibility and options. Something that can evolve with their changing needs.

We think that this house is a successful model. It is an economical, robust building that brings joy to the clients while being low impact. A solution that promotes communal living and a strategy to provide affordable housing in the inner city.


Boundary Conditions
Walls are built from recycled brick with the raking form addressing the neighbour.

Garden Entry
The building opens to the shared garden and laneway.
Small details elevate inexpensive, utilitarian finishes.

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