This part of Fitzroy is a mixture of small-scale terrace housing and larger light industrial buildings which have been used by car mechanics, panel beaters, spray-painters and the like. On an ex-industrial site of 18 x 35 metres, a small ensemble of seven dwellings is divided into two buildings: one containing three apartments facing the street, the other containing four apartments facing a lane. The ground floor of this infill building explores how cars could be included more positively into contemporary medium-density living, and how the space they take up might be improved and better incorporated into daily life. A six-metre wide arcade runs through from front to back, providing mixed-mode pedestrian and car access and creating transparency through the whole site and visual depth at street level. The design imagines a future of reduced car ownership and provides spaces which can easily be used in other ways. In the meantime, the ritual of arriving and leaving by car is a pleasant experience, mixed with other activities. The central shared car and pedestrian space continues the tradition of Melbourne’s arcades and department entries: privately owned but generous and connected to the urban fabric.