A Trio of Design Professionals Create a Development of High-Performing Townhouses in Melbourne

They pooled their resources to replace a dilapidated single-family residence with a row of three compact, energy-efficient homes for their own families.
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It could have been the same old story: A city couple looking to start a family give up their one-bedroom apartment to buy a fixer-upper with the cash they have and renovate down the line. But architect Chris Gilbert, founding director of the studio Archier in Melbourne, Australia, and his partner, Miranda Louey, who handles the firm’s marketing and communications, weren’t interested in buying anything outdated. The cost of updates to a run-down home, not to mention making it energy efficient, would be expensive, they knew, and others close to them felt the same way.

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