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Published - Mitchell Street Project - Lunchbox Architect

When Brodie from Lunchbox Architect contacted us to feature our Mitchell Street Dual Occupancy project we were thrilled - we love his ethos of featuring affordable, innovative residential projects and although he doesn't generally feature multi unit developments he agreed with us that this one is 'one out of the box'. You can read all about his thoughts on this spectacular build here - Article - A dual-occupancy project to stand out from the rest or read on below:






A Dual-occupancy Project to Stand Out From the Rest


When a builder came to Little Brick Studio to design a high-quality dual-occupancy in Mornington, they jumped at the chance. "We work so hard on our designs and can sometimes be disappointed if the project doesn't get built, or we lose touch when the client chooses a builder we don't know personally," explains Amy Hart from Little Brick Studio, "So, on a project like this where the client and builder are one, it’s wonderful to see our designs come to life as they should - sometimes even better!"



bold geometrical duplex featuring alucobond and recycled red bricks
Mitchell Street Duplex project by Little Brick Studio

recycled red brick with steel framed garage door
Raw red brick creates a bold entrance for each dwelling

Mitchell Street duplex by Little Brick Studio
The shine of the alucobond cladding contrasts with the raw texture of the brickwork

It's not often we feature dual-occupancy projects here on Lunchbox Architect and, to be honest, that's because they often don't meet the same levels of quality as this project; build to sell, not built for living. "While there are numerous duplex developments going on in the surrounding area," adds Amy, "much of it is stock standard, mirror image, pitched roof, conventional housing – a format we didn’t want to follow."


Entry foyer with table, plants and mirror
Reflections of the recycled brick in the entry mirror

Light filled entry foyer
The double height entry ensures a light filled passage, despite the duplex design

Little Brick Studio divided the generous block down the middle, creating enough space for two generous homes. One was to be a family home for the clients, the other for future sale so needed to be 'investor friendly' in both budget and style.


timber floor, carpet stairwell
The split level design kept the build efficient so it flowed with the contours of the site, reducing the need for substantial excavation

Pendant light, entry void, rumpus room glass balustrade
The entry void is framed by the glass balustrade and feature pendant

study nook
A study nook at the top of the stairs provides a practical and efficient work space

"We wanted the dwellings to have a sense of individuality whilst maintaining a consistent design theme throughout the development", says Amy. Therefore, while they look similar from the outside, each home has its own unique style and character.


open plan kitchen living dining meals area
The cathedral ceiling in the living area provides a wonderful sense of space, despite the compact unit design

kitchen bench with pendant lights
The neutral palate adds to the light, bright living and kitchen area

kitchen island bench with pendant light
Subtle marble splash backs add some texture to the generous kitchen space

kitchen with island bench and pendant lights
Using the orientation of the site, each dwelling was designed to capture the maximum north facing sunlight

The building designers ensured the two floor plans responded to the site, surrounds, existing vegetation and bay views in the distance. The ground floor of both homes steps down in the middle, to account for a slope over the site. By keeping the second level towards the front of the homes, the step helps to create more generous volumes in the living areas, without creating unnecessary height which would impact on the neighbours



open living area and alfresco, gas log fire and tv
The living space leads to an undercover terrace, the large sliding doors extending the space

Open living are with couch and artwork. highlight windows
Stunning Artwork by Anya Brock

plywood cladding on ceiling
The ply ceiling was an addition by the owner/builder - we loved the late addition!

The two homes break away from their party wall to create a light court next to the living areas, ensuring plenty of natural light in these important spaces in spite of a challenging orientation. The other benefit of keeping the bulk of the second story towards the front was the ability to create raked ceilings and highlight windows in the living areas for even more light.



main bedroom with crib
Master Bedroom

bathroom with walk in shower above counter basins
Master Ensuite

main bathroom with above counter basins and wall taps
Master Ensuite

family bathroom with tiled bath
Main bathroom

terrace with chair leading to couch in living space
The upstairs terrace has distant views of Port Phillip Bay

Contrasts in texture, quality products left in their raw state and a considered plan which prioritises light have created two homes which stand out from the budget-driven duplex developments we're used to seeing. This project demonstrates the potential of this type of development to achieve budget requirements while also creating homes, not just for 'the market', but for living.



Mornington dual occupancy project
Mitchell Street Duplex project by Little Brick Studio