Mandeville Lane House
Approaching the house from the east along Mandeville Lane in the Melbourne suburb of Toorak.
A large terrace adjoining the kitchen and living room is cut into the upper storey. The northern orientation ensures sunlight reaches deep into the living area and offers great views down the lane and across the neighbourhood.
The courtyard on the ground floor minimises the impact on the eastern neighbour and increases the amount of light into the ground floor.
The top corner of the building is sheared off to reduce overshadowing and visual bulk to the eastern neighbour. This geometry can be experienced as creases in the ceiling as you walk up the stairs.
Regulations required the ground floor to be raised 1.4m above the lane because the site lies on a floodplain. This constraint works in the dwellings favour as increased security and separation is given from the rugged laneway.
Living areas are on the upper floor where there is plenty of sunlight and great views over the surrounding roofscape.
Section through the courtyard, staircase, second bathroom and study.
Approaching the house from the north along Mandeville Lane in the Melbourne suburb of Toorak.