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Village Green Townhouse – Shenton Park - Interior Design

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My client wanted to build a house for his mother. This was a fantastic location for multi-generational living. Three townhouses were built on the site. The townhouse offers access to church, shops, public transport and local hospital. Across the road is a green oval which was active on weekends. There are things happening to look out on and observe. There’s a primary school across the road. The children at play and the busy street mean you can live there by yourself and still not feel isolated.

The project maximised the site use by putting three townhouses on it. These are elongated. They are only five point two meters wide. The one thing bowls everybody over when they go in there, is the feeling of spaciousness. It doesn’t feel like a compact little townhouse at all. It actually feels quite open, full of light and quite spacious.

There is privacy between the three townhouses and access to light. There is intense development on the site and a park and primary school close by, it still feels private. The occupants can observe what’s happening in the outside world. At the same time they don’t feel like everybody is seeing them.

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With more than 30 years experience as an architect, Neil Cownie has reached an enviable point in his career. In 2009, he established his own firm so he could focus on projects that bring him – and his clients – delight and joy.

Neil weaves together various influences – referencing the environment and site conditions; drawing inspiration from historical precedents and the latest innovations; a deep understanding of how people and spaces function; and his love of textural materials and hand crafted elements – to create residential, commercial and hospitality spaces that can be experienced through all five senses.

From large-scale master-planning down to the intricate details that elevate each project beyond the everyday, Neil brings wisdom and experience to his practice. He maintains close connections with his clients throughout the life of each project, to ensure the final outcome exceeds their expectations while remaining within budget.

In the earlier part of his career, Neil worked as a director at a major Perth firm, where he was responsible for a range of project types including houses, interiors, multi-unit residences, commercial buildings, hospitality and mixed use developments, many of them award-winning.

Now, he combines his passion for design in all its forms – architecture, landscape, furniture, lighting and objects – with his clients’ aspirations to realise their dreams in built form, always aiming to create timeless buildings that will endure.