Melbourne design collective SIBLING, recently established by eight young architects and close friends, conceived its name in reference to the intimacy of its members’ relationship.
The team is currently developing a series of modern townhouses above a heritage fronted building on Young Street, Fitzroy. Rather than letting it remain stagnant and empty during the process, SIBLING – consisting of Jessica Brent, Jane Caught, Qianyi Lim, Alan Ting, Amelia Borg, Nicholas Braun, Jonathan Brener and Timothy Moore – set up an office on the bottom level and crafted plywood pods so they could sleep on the job.
"We try to always include an element of social interaction in our projects," says Caught. "We only needed a small section for our office so we used the rest of the space to create rooms within a room."
Lim and Brener, who constructed, installed and occupied the pods, were able to bring a unique perspective to the townhouse development, having temporarily inhabited the space themselves. The Young Street project has continued to inspire the group, who have also made a short film, titled The Encounter, about cooperating and working together in the space.
They have received swathes of interest in the dwellings, which may be the perfect solution for growing families, a busy office in need of a quiet spaces, children in need of a learning space or artists needing a temporary sleeping spaces at regional arts festivals.
Even Australians, used to big weatherboard homes and expansive backyards, are beginning to downsize and find creative ways to manipulate spaces to function in both a work and domestic context. In the short time SIBLING has been around, it has already made a significant contribution to this line of thought.
SIBLING is constructing sleeping pods on commission. Prices and styles vary depending on space and need.