Stock Road is an alternative model for densification within Perth’s inner suburbs.
2020 Award Winner – AIA WA Chapter Awards – Multiple Housing
In this project, MJA Studio have sought to explore a typology which is often not the domain of architects. The opportunity of townhouses in triplex form on a medium density suburban site is a common one, and one for which exploration is warranted.
The approach of individual townhouses each with its own street frontage addressing the corner has been a productive strategy, avoiding interruption of the streetscape by blank walls and communal vehicle access.
The adoption of visually permeable carports and fencing to the street contributes further to connecting these dwellings to the public domain, and giving the sense of individual ‘house’ rather than triplex ‘unit’.
The dwellings themselves are simply, logically and coherently planned, with spaces arranged to anticipate different household structures and lifestyle patters. Flexible spaces, provision for working from home, and a blurring between carports and courtyards, are future-looking and will provide clues to other designers seeking to work in this typology.
The resulting building is confident and adept, with a sense of an underlying architectural idea informing the design from planning through to detailing, interior design and finishes. MJA has successfully departed from the typical look, feel and function of a familiar typology, and achieved a distinctive built outcome on a tight budget.