dKO Architecture recently completed in Australia. “This project consists of two dwellings on a corner lot in the suburbs of Melbourne. dKO Architecture set out to push traditional suburban perceptions, motifs and vernacular. Formally, there are obvious references to traditional roof form, yet we proposed a different formal solution. It needed to be sensitive. These gestures challenged traditional building technologies yet also offered economical and lightweight possibilities.
Another issue was the idea of identity with two houses that are the same but different. There are nuances in form, color and spatial arrangements. Living is on the top floor, partly due to the limited lot, but also to engage the roof form.
The site layout responds and respects the historical subdivision pattern; adjacent built form is respected through setback, form and materials. Interior details are simple and considered, not ostentatious. We achieved this outcome on a modest budget of $650000, proving that architecture can also provide good value”.