Australian Homes

Bellemo & Cat

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 8th September 2010

Polygreen‘ – the Northcote home of Cat Macleod and Michael Bellemo – all photographs here by Peter Hyatt

OK so today’s home is a total ‘squeezed in at the last minute’ job… I had to re-jig a couple of posts to fit it in, because this incredible house in Northcote is currently on the market and will (hopefully) be sold to a very lucky new owner in just 10 days time!   So you know, I wanted to give you all time to round up the cash to make your bid on September 18th!  (or, perhaps more realistically, at least pop in this weekend for a sticky-beak!)

The home is called ‘Polygreen’ and is designed by husband and wife architectural team, Bellemo & Cat (Cat Macleod and Michael Bellemo), with the goal of creating a sustainable purpose-built warehouse/container for both living and working in.  This creative pair built the house 4 years ago, and live here with kids Marco (8), Flora (6) and Simpkin the cat (15yrs!).  With bold green finishes and a printed translucent polycarbonate ‘skin’,  it’s such a striking landmark…. and looks best at night when it seems to glow from within!

I love the acid green and citrus yellow cabinetry and interior walls… so brave!  Also I love the ‘low-tech’ feel of the place – the plywood staircases and floors are inspired, yet so simple!

Polygreen has received quite a bit of press since it was built in 2007 (including a feature US Dwell magazine, ahem!), and won the AIA National Award for Small Project Architecture 2009 and the AIA Award for Residential Architecture Victorian chapter in the same year.

Bellemo & Cat and family will be sad to leave this special home behind, but are excited to move on and create another interesting architectural project for themselves!  Watch this space!

Polygreen is listed here with Nelson Alexander and is open this Thursday and Saturday for inspection!  (and who doesn’t love an open for inspection, really?)

Bathroom and hallway details

Plywood stairs and very interesting screening on the upper level!

Polygreen’s translucent exterior

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Wednesday 8th September 2010


  • Margo Carlon 6 years ago

    Wow !

  • alex sunday 6 years ago

    i’m late for work every wednesday thanks to ‘australian homes’. totally worth it though. this is uber cool.

  • Estelle 6 years ago

    If we all chucked in maybe the readers of The Design Files could get some sort of time share co-op thing happening :)

  • Natalie Singh 6 years ago

    I love the way Australian homes always seem to have a cosiness and warmth about them! Makes me homesick!

  • mydesignchic 6 years ago

    Fantastic house, and that play area is adorable!!!

  • fairchildstreet 6 years ago

    Never judge a book by its cover.

  • Marissa 6 years ago

    I like the combination of giant stairs and normal stairs side by side, and the vibrant colours.. it’s like an adult sized kids play centre. Needs a firefighter pole though, for those quick exits.

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