MJA Studio has designed Jimmy's House in Western Australia, Australia.
This project is a study in addressing the damaging battle-axe subdivision which reduces canopy coverage in established areas. A courtyard house riffing on Mediterranean models demonstrates that "battle-axe lots" can achieve a 100% green plot ratio and contribute to urban ecology via productive gardens, medicinal gardens and endemic green roofs.
"Our practice often undertakes infill projects of varying scales within established suburbs and with each project, we seek to challenge the business-as-usual approach," said MJA Studio.
Jimmy's House provided the opportunity to address the battleaxe block subdivision which too often sees the replacement of an ex-backyard with structures that cover the majority of the site and leave little room for gardens – a poorly defined entry sequence neglecting the home presence in the neighbourhood and a laneway lost to car parking and solid fencing.
Designer: MJA Studio
Project: Jimmy's House