On project homes. We have always had a fascination with project homes because, whether we like it or not, they have an enormous impact on our cities, suburbs and landscapes. Today, we think of project homes as big, bloated McMansions - and yet project homes used to be something else entirely - they were simple, stylish and small. Our interest in project homes relates back to mid-century modernism and, in particular, the era of ‘Designer Suburbs.’ It was the time of Pettit + Sevitt and the Small Homes Service - when you could build a good, well designed home for a reasonable sum. Sadly, we have lost sight of this tradition - but we would love to bring it back. This same idea inspired our Smith Street design. Smith Street is a new, twenty-first century project home. It is compact but crafted, has loads of natural light, and is built from good, hard-wearing materials. Over the past few months, we’ve had a few clients approach us about building their very own versions of Smith Street. So if you - or anyone you know - has an interest in the design - DM us or let us know.
PS. This era was wonderfully chronicled in ‘Streets of Your Town,' which is one of the best architecture docos we’ve seen in a long time. Check out @streetsofyour_town for more info.