Divided House
© John Gollings

DIVIDED HOUSE

Jackson Clements Burrows

PHOTOGRAPHS
John Gollings

CATAGORY
Houses

MANUFACTURERS
Krause Bricks

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
Tim Nicholas Landscape Architecture

DESIGN TEAM
Jon Clements, Hanah Wexler, Rob Majcen, Will Christian, Jessie Legge, Tim Jackson, Graham Burrows

RENEWABLE ENERGY CONSULTAN
Metta Energy

LIGHTING CONSULTANT
Light Project

ARTIST
Ian Strange

BUILDER
Bd Projects

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
Adams Consulting Engineer

LEAD ARCHITECT
Jon Clements

LOCATION
Richmond, Australia

AREA
480 m²

YEAR
2020

The design of this family home for Jon and Elisa Clements was a slow burn developed through ongoing reflection.

Divided House
© John Gollings
Divided House
© John Gollings

The house was to provide necessary breathing room for teenage boys, accommodation for regular visits from friends and interstate family, and dedicated spaces to support working from home.

Jon and Elisa were also aware that as their lives continue to change, the house might need to change as well, and the home was planned with a divided program allowing for potential future subdivision into two dwellings.

Divided House
© John Gollings
Divided House
© John Gollings

Having lived in Clifton St prior to building Divided House, Jon felt that there was an opportunity to contribute to the area’s heritage values at a more considered level.

The house provides considered streetscape activation in contrast to traditional Victorian Era dwellings through generous living spaces opening onto Clifton St and the inclusion of a small public seat in the front fence, providing a welcome rest point on the hill.

Divided House
© John Gollings
Divided House
© John Gollings
Divided House
© John Gollings

“Taarnuk ut-baany” is inscribed on the seat, a gesture in the local Boon Wurrung Language translating as “Water in the billy” – a traditional invitation to share food, sit around the fire and tell stories.

The non-contributory dwelling that previously existed on the site was to be demolished to make way for the new home.

Jon and Elisa wanted to recognize the dwelling as part of the sites continuing history and, consequently, JCB collaborated with Australian contemporary artist Ian Strange.

Divided House
© John Gollings
Divided House
© John Gollings

Large public artwork and exhibition were installed on site prior to demolition, with the dwelling now permanently captured in the photographic work ‘Twenty-Five’.

More than 2000 people visited Ian’s temporary ‘Open Home’ exhibition prior to demolition and ‘Twenty-Five’ now greets visitors at the entrance to Divided House.

Divided House
© John Gollings
Divided House
© John Gollings

The garden also references the continuing history of the site: Indigenous and native plantings acknowledge the historical landscape of the Birrarung and traditional occupation of Australia and the Kulin Nation, while Mediterranean and exotic plantings reference post-war immigration and the previous owner’s 50-year occupation of the site.

The plan arrangement of the house is divided into two primary brick building forms placed at the front and rear of the site

Divided House
© John Gollings
Divided House
© John Gollings

These buildings have separate frontages to Clifton St and Waverley St, responding to differing streetscapes and associated heritage considerations.

The two primary forms are linked by a single storey ‘lean-to’; the gravitational centre of the building, embracing the north-facing courtyard and garden.

Divided House
© John Gollings
Divided House
© John Gollings

This meeting point accommodates the kitchen and informal living space and it both divides and connects the two ends of the house.

This lower form also provides important solar access to the neighbouring dwelling immediately to the south.

Divided House
© John Gollings
Divided House
© John Gollings
Divided House
© John Gollings
Divided House
© John Gollings

Parents and kids are separated at each end of the house. The two-storey building form to the east accommodates a garage, kid’s bedrooms, rumpus and laundry/service areas, while the western-built form accommodates retreat living, dining/study on the ground floor, first-floor main bedroom and flexible gallery/studio basement with guest accommodation.

The planning provides considered relationships between internal spaces, external gardens and city views throughout the house.

Divided House
© John Gollings
Divided House
© John Gollings
Divided House
© John Gollings
Divided House
© John Gollings
Divided House
© John Gollings
Divided House
© John Gollings

The planning provides considered relationships between internal spaces, external gardens and city views throughout the house.


Divided House
Section and Elevations
Divided House
Elevations


Divided House
Plans - Basement and Ground Floor
Divided House
Plan - 1st and Roof Floor
Divided House
Plan - Site

Jackson Clements Burrows Architects
T +61 3 96546227
Jackson Clements Burrows Architects
345 Swan St, Richmond Vic 3121, Australia