The client brief was to demolish an existing dilapidated single-storey house and design two residences on one site that offered contemporary living with plenty of useable spaces.

To address the client brief for a contemporary design within a heritage conservation area, our solution was a new integrated primary and secondary residence with a traditional street presence and a contemporary look to the rear. We took advantage of the raking front boundary line, by stepping the front elevation of the building, to provide a street front and separate entrance to each dwelling. The traditional roof form makes the building present as one residence.

The primary dwelling is built over two-storeys with a modern open plan kitchen, dining and living area opening up to a deck and backyard. It accommodates four bedrooms with the main bedroom suite on the first floor complete with an ensuite and a generous walk-in-robe.

The secondary dwelling to the front of the site is an efficiently planned single-storey house. This residence includes an open plan kitchen, dining and lounge room, which addresses the street, looking across a landscaped garden. It contains a sizeable bedroom, bathroom and laundry cupboard. The orientation of all windows to the northern side makes for a well-lit and naturally ventilated home.

A north facing internal courtyard provides separation between the dwellings and also allows natural daylight into the centre of the primary dwelling, particularly the main living spaces.

Construction has progressed well. Our client is pleased with the process thus far, loves the architectural design, volume and sense of the spaces and is looking forward to the project’s completion in a few months.

Recent pictures of the new integrated primary and secondary dwelling under construction can be viewed below.


Modern Heritage Artarmon Dual Occupancy_Existing and Under Construction_Street View

Above left: Artarmon single-storey house prior to construction works.
Above right: Street front of new integrated primary and secondary residence under construction.

ge Artarmon Dual Occupancy_Sketch of Front Elevation

Above: Sketch drawing of a heritage street front elevation with a contemporary construction to the rear. New Artarmon integrated primary and secondary dwelling.


Artarmon Dual Occupancy_Rear Back Elevation

Above: Contemporary back elevation sketch drawing of new Artarmon integrated primary and secondary dwelling.


Modern Heritage Artarmon Dual Occupancy_Under Construction_Window Delivery

Above: Windows being delivered to site.


Modern Heritage Artarmon Dual Occupancy_Under Construction_Primary Front Door View

Above: Front door and bedroom verandahs of main dwelling house during construction, with traditional detailing of face brick walls, gable roof fretting and exposed rafters to eaves.


Modern Heritage Artarmon Dual Occupancy_Under Construction_Front Door View

Above: Street front of secondary dwelling house with traditional architectural detailing.


Modern Heritage Artarmon Dual Occupancy_Under Construction_Rear View

Above: Principal Architect, Owen Haviland, and Project Architect, Michele Harding, visit site during construction of contemporary rear of primary residence.


Modern Heritage Artarmon Dual Occupancy_Under Construction_Interior View

Above: Interior view of main dwelling house, as viewed from entry looking through to open dining, kitchen and living spaces.



Project Team: Owen Haviland, Michele Harding, Deepika Ratnaraj, Andrew Coutinho, Esraa Kalil & Haviland Architects team

Builder: Arnold Constructions Pty Ltd

Engineer: Greenwood Consulting Engineers

Certifier: Comcert Building Certifiers

Surveyor: TSS Total Surveying Solutions

Landscape: B+E Landscape Architects