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Top Ten Homes of 2017 · Research House

Top Ten Homes of 2017

To list this house as one of our ‘TOP TEN homes of 2017’, is, to be frank, an understatement. ‘Research House’ in Eltham is without a doubt one of the most incredible homes we’ve photographed – ever.

This remarkable house in Eltham, just around 30 mins North East of Melbourne, belongs to Architect John Henry and his partner Deb Ganderton.


27th December, 2017

Inside the incredible Eltham home of John Henry and Deb Ganderton. Photo – Sean Fennessy, Production Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

John and Deb purchased the block on which the home stands and ‘roughed it’ for a few years in a little bungalow, while their dream home was built. Photo – Sean Fennessy, Production Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Alternative view of living area, which features artworks by Peter Wright, Col Jordan, Richard Havyatt,  Trevor Vickers and David O’Halloran. The statement Red Beaver cardboard lounge is by Frank Gehry. Photo – Sean Fennessy, Production Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Verner Panton coloured chairs and Robert Venturi Chippendale chair. Photo – Sean Fennessy, Production Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Bob Dylan artwork by John Henry adds a pop of colour, as do the Verner Panton coloured chairs. Photo – Sean Fennessy, Production Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

The airy living space with furniture by Eames and Tecno. Photo – Sean Fennessy, Production Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.

Photography – Sean Fennessy.

Lucy Feagins
Wednesday 27th December 2017

We’ve been photographing unique Australian homes for nearly TEN (10!) years now… but we still get crazy jitters when we capture a house as magical and unique as this!

It was back in August that we first ran our story on ‘Research House’, the Eltham home of architect John Henry  and Deb Ganderton. A mind-boggling 1,000 cubic metre space, with 6.5 metre high walls and the most jaw-dropping wall of windows overlooking leafy bushland, this is a home truly unlike any other.

Designed by John, the house was built from scratch, commencing in 2000. Though grand in scale, this is a home built on a budget. John and Deb bought their block for $105,000 in 1998, and then spent around $250,000 building the house.  To save on costs, the house was constructed using a factory-made shed that John customised, with concrete slabs and a steel structure. The result is a unique floorplan which comprises five open ‘rooms’, demarcated by changes in floor level rather than dividing walls.

And then, of course, there’s the furniture, art and objects – a veritable museum’s worth of colourful collectibles, amassed over a lifetime of collecting!

For the full story and many more photos of this incredible home, do revisit the original story!


‘I feel like this house never dates. I tried to design something that was timeless.’ – John Henry.

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