Little Richardson

Project Details Utilising principles of adaptive reuse and sensory design, Little Richardson uses scenographic, formal and haptic strategies to respond to the urban streetscape.
  • YEAR : 2020
  • LOCATION : Albert Park
  • SITE AREA : 59.6m2
  • Photographer : Shannon McGrath


Project Info

A compositional scenographic study refined an arrangement of horizontal and vertical strip windows in the red-brick façade extending some of the existing openings / patching in others. The form robustly occupies the laneway corner, a sculptural intent and important to reuse the existing structure where possible as a conceptual and contextual strategy. It was important to seamlessly connect courtyard to living space - you enter the house when you enter the courtyard, and this sense of landscape connection is important to environmental sensory design, improving psychological wellbeing. Interior materiality was explored through the haptic; consideration of daylight effects to a condensed palette exploring 4 elements and their relationship to the body; the paring of white spaces with the tonal richness of dark tiled spaces to wet areas, concrete; inside-outside on the ground floor, external stair and roof-deck cladding above, and various oak timbers defining the ceiling plane and joinery. As Derek John Clements-Croome writes; “We link our perceptions about materials through our senses … they hold memories of activities ….. in other words, materials can hold our emotion"...

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2021 Interior Design Excellence (IDEA) Awards, Shortlisted 2021 TIDA Runner-up, Architect Designed Kitchens 2021 RIDA High Commendation, Architect Design Bathroom

Project Presentation.

Little Richardson feature by The Design Emotive


Plan and sketches of the project.

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link to Little Richardson TIDA Kitchen awards article...