This project explores urban consolidation, our clients were empty-nesters looking to downsize to a new dwelling adjacent to their existing family home, while still remaining in Richmond with access to lifestyle opportunities and amenities. Building lines & materiality took reference from the immediate streetscape. Windows were carefully located to avoid overlooking into adjoining properties, while providing occupants with framed views of the neighbourhood – the streetscape from the kitchen, MCG/city and garden views from the upper level. The living area sits slightly lower than the rear garden and provides direct connection with the established vegetation in the rear yard. While materiality took inspiration from the client’s love of locally sourced autumn bricks – the palette is underpinned by natural tones & textures, imbued with a sense of age & earthiness.