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It’s hard to believe this project is a townhouse – its proportions feel more like a full-sized home. But that was precisely the point.
With its ‘Edgewater 6.0’, Metricon Homes South Australia turned the traditional townhouse terrace design upside down and was recognised for its creativity with the 2020 HIA Australian Townhouse/Villa of the Year award.
‘This whole project is about changing people’s perceptions of what living in a terrace is all about,’ says Richard Bryant, General Manager at Metricon Homes South Australia.
Essentially, the design does a lot more with less. And by less, that’s a boundary-to-boundary site measuring just 6m x 27.5m accommodating a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom plan.
‘Most people walk through it and say it feels like a normal detached home,’ Richard says. ‘It doesn’t feel like a terrace, it’s full of light and space instead.’
It was with this brief in mind that Metricon began the design process for the executive-style townhouse. ‘Often, a lot of terrace designs are narrow and dark. But this is the opposite, primarily because it has two courtyards.’
The main atrium is bordered on three sides by spacious living and dining areas, with fully retractable doors that illuminate the house when slid open.
‘It’s beautiful out there on a nice day, and it provides that extra light and flow through the home.’
The second atrium is a clever service courtyard; doubling as a light well for the master bedroom and family bathroom upstairs.
‘It’s not a poky smaller option,’ Richard explains. ‘It’s actually a lovely big space with a really big window that allows beautiful daylight to filter inside.’