Two Pavilion House by Toussaint and Volz

A “skinny” house built on a difficult site

Project Specs


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The design for the Two Pavilion house was developed in response to a difficult site. With a 5.5 metre wide, West facing street frontage that overlooked a railway line, the design for this house required a careful approach. The decision to split the house into two pavilions was driven by two factors. One was to create a courtyard that provided daylight and natural ventilation while still acoustically sheltering the house from the adjacent railway line. The second reason was to allow for flexible arrangements of habitation; being that the house can be occupied as a single detached, three bedroom dwelling, or as a two bedroom house with a self-contained bedsit. This created a house that could be occupied by a multi-generational family, provide rental income, incorporate a home office, or a second living area.

▼建筑外观,exterior view

▼主立面的木制屏墙在保证私密性的同时能够阻挡太阳直射,the timber screen on the front façade works to provide privacy and shade the house from sun


▼屏墙细部,detailed view



The material palette for the house was chosen in response to its context; to mimic the houses in the surrounding neighbourhood, so as to soften the visual impact of its tall thin proportions. The timber screen on the front façade appears to be lattice work from a distance, referencing materials used in the suburb, but reveal themselves to be a pattern of circles as the viewer approaches the house. These screens are located at the East and West ends of the house, which work to provide privacy and shade the house from morning and afternoon sun, they were made by CNC routing circles into shiplap boards. Materials were also chosen to minimise trades to save cost and environmental impact. Joinery units were designed to be freestanding, plywood pieces to ensure that they could be re-used in the future.

▼“一分为二”的体量,a “split” house

▼后花园视角,backyard view


The central space that connects the two pavilions acts as an important hub for the home with the kitchen and outdoor eating area as the literal heart. The main living area located at the rear of the home opens out to a small backyard that captures South Easterly breezes.

▼介于两个体量之间的中央空间,the central space connects the two pavilions


▼户外餐厅区域,outdoor dining area

▼带顶走廊区域,the covered corridor


▼与户外空间相连的厨房,the kitchen connected with the outdoor area


The two pavilion house has a small footprint but provides a variety of living spaces that can be reconfigured depending on how the house is occupied. The design provides a solution to the flexibility required for 21st-century housing careers. It’s an example of contemporary infill housing in the inner suburbs, and the capacity to provide solutions for affordable housing by working with a challenging site.

▼户外空间的另一端与主客厅相连,the main living area


▼由木制屏墙围合的卧室阳台,the bedroom balcony enclosed by the timber screen

▼书房,study area

▼夜景,night view


Project size:140 m2
Site size:317 m2
Project Budget:$350000
Completion date:2014
Building levels:2

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