It takes a village to raise a family so that's what Austin Maynard Architects created. Home to a family of 8-year-old twin boys who needed an outlet for nature, outdoor recreation, and the arts, the Alphington Tower House appears as a series of small structures on the exterior. Each one is unique in size and shape but a unified material palette creates a cohesive facade. Rather than seeking privacy, the dwelling opens its gates to neighbors allowing them to use the front yard as a community garden. Internally, volumes are interconnected, acting as one free-flowing interior while hidden sliding panels provide a way to divide the large space. Although the overall atmosphere is clean and modern, whimsical touches including ladders in the kitchen, a netted reading nook, and a rooftop hideaway provide creative outlets for the kids to learn and grow.
Photos: Peter Bennetts Studio / Austin Maynard Architects