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Together Apart, lower floor plan
Together Apart, upper floor plan

Together Apart

Where once they shared a womb, now they share a room; twin girls needing their own space, yet wanting to stay close too.

In the middle of their bedroom stands a large timber pod, symmetrically equipped with desks, shelves, beds, pin boards, and a pair of storage slots for sleepover mattresses. The pod stands clear of the two windows and the two bedroom doors, ensuring the free movement of light, air and restless limbs; a ring of play space for turning tigers into butter.

Of course twins have differences too. One is more ordered, the other more chaotic. Where one has chosen fish for wallpaper, the other has a jungle theme. Naturally there are moments when such differences warrant time apart: two doors slide out, and the bedroom is divided. Should a treaty require negotiation or a whisper shared, desks and beds are equipped with porthole hatches, able to be spun open or quickly shut again.

Acknowledging all eventualities, the two halves of the pod are also able to undock, allowing the twins to one day colonise their very own rooms.

Location  Hawthorn
Completed  2016
Awards  2017, ArchiTeam Awards, commendation
  2017, Houses Awards, shortlisted
 
Details  See floor plans
Photos  Tom Ross
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Our girls are so pumped. The outcome is testimony to Architecture architecture’s determination to deliver the best possible outcome. They listened to what we all needed and wrapped it up in a beautiful installation that we are really proud to have in our home.

Kate and Dave

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