Spacious and light-filled aren't always words associated with a duplex environment or a kitchen in it – the Bluebird Duplex kitchen, however, celebrates both

Designed by Altereco Design

From the designers:

The wider brief was for two townhouses, each with three bedrooms + study, good light, space and ventilation, and minimal impact on the adjoining neighbours. The study was positioned at the front of the dwellings, ideally suited for a home office setup, also a good buffer from the relatively busy street.

Most duplex developments attempt to maximise yield, pushing site constraints to the limits and maximising the limitations of the planning scheme.

However, with the Bluebird Duplex we were lucky enough to respect the predominantly single storey streetscape and create intimate spaces that are filled with natural light – the kitchens included. 

With independent street frontages and each allotment over 400m² – it’s a far from the claustrophobic sense of most townhouse developments.

Key challenges included designing to suit a flood overlay, where the solution was to lift the floor. Plus the orientation was not ideal so we used a skillion roof form and glazing to allow natural light in.

Building methods included lightweight timber frame on polished concrete raft slab; good old stick frame construction;  raking skillion roof over living/dining spaces. Overall, a mirrored townhouse design (duplex) with minimal shared/party walls.

The colourful kitchens are in laminate and plywood with Caesarstone benchtops.

Credit list

Kitchen designer
James Goodlet, Altereco Design
Caesarstone Pure White
Vivid Slimline, by Phoenix Industries
Cabinet doors
Laminex, natural finish, colour: Next Spring
Hoop plywood joinery
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Kitchens – Highly Commended

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Nikole Ramsay

08 Mar, 2020

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