VISION Issue 48 - Page 35

35 So it’s not simply about floor-plan flexibility but orientation? Yes, definitely. That’s something that isn’t necessarily clear in this prototype with the living pavilion and bedroom pavilion. These are separate and can be pulled apart and put together in different ways depending on the site. Are there plans to take it further afield and to expand upon the success of this prototype? I certainly entered the competition in the hope that, if we won, it would be rolled out. Mirvac intends to produce the house en masse. Hopefully that modular idea will be one of the things followed through. Amongst all of the qualities invested in your design it obviously had to be competitively priced and affordable. How much of a challenge was that? The square metre budget for this house was very, very low. Really much lower than any bespoke home. It relies on being mass-produced to be affordable. We imagined that if it was mass produced on a street, you don’t want all the houses to look the same so we built in window boxes, which have different plants and facades that can be put together in different ways. If you had a row of them, they’re not all going to be the same. It’s a bit like the classic terrace house with just enough difference so that they’re personalised. What was the biggest test and the most gratifying? The thing we really tried to achieve, fundamentally, was connecting living areas to the garden and a sense of openness to the street. There’s a glass front door where you can see straight through. You can’t see anything private but you can see there is some activity within, so it’s got that street connection.