The practice of Michael Angus Architecture has had considerable experience in all types of housing projects, spanning nearly 30 years.
Approximately one third of all our projects comprise multi-unit housing, either as site-specific developments of two or more dwellings, or generic single dwelling modules which can be combined in a repetitive format to suit a single parcel of land, or as part of a larger subdivision of varying site dimensions.
Conventional domestic construction, either built to boundary or freestanding walls, with minimal structural complexity, utilising standard building components, with design elements and architectural treatment more likely to have a degree of simplicity.
If there is an existing building on the site, it may require minimal changes, and has little relationship to the new development.
As a consequence of siting constraints, higher reliance on complex structural design, architectural treatment might be simple or complex depending on client budget or market demands.
There may be an existing building on the site which may need to be incorporated into the design.
The construction may not be complex, but the design required a high level of resolution to achieve the required yield.
In some projects we have prepared generic designs which can be used on a multitude of locations, given the repetitive nature of the land and consistent regulations and estate guidelines, whereby clients have been granted a licence to use the designs on sites with specific characteristics. These designs are flexible enough to be suitable for any site orientation, and can be easily modified to suit alternative site access points. They have been designed so that they can be constructed in a repetitive arrangement without compromise to the original or repeated designs.
A context where sites are typically small and often irregular sites; adjacent buildings are built within close proximity to the boundary and inform the design response more substantially, and are often sites with stricter heritage controls.
A context where sites are typically a traditional quarter acre block, either as a single block or a combination of two or more traditional blocks; adjacent buildings are generally freestanding and will likely have less impact on the design. Streetscapes are relevant, particularly the heights and setbacks of surrounding buildings.
The suburban location could also include regional towns where the immediate surrounds are representative of suburban contexts.
Greenfield sites are where a large area of vacant land on the edge of established suburban areas, semi-rural or rural, hitherto undeveloped for buildings or industry, but rather rural or agricultural purposes, is developed for a new use. Remnants of the previous use are unlikely to inform the design, apart from already existing natural features.
Brownfield sites are where a large area of previously developed land is converted into a different type of development, which may be impacted by the previous use. This may include retention of remnant buildings or structures, including natural features. As a result of the impact of previous uses, limitations on the future design might be imposed by issues such as soil contamination, or land disturbance