This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

A Hidden, Architectural Dream Home In Elsternwick

Homes

We visit a LOT of beautiful homes… but some really are *extra* special. The Burrows family home is one of those memorable houses that leaves a lasting impression, even after just one visit. This incredible family pad truly is a DREAM HOME.

This architecturally designed home, nestled amongst enveloping gardens, is something of a hidden gem. Built in an unexpected spot on the site of a former tennis court in Elsternwick, its bold, contemporary design captures the uncompromising aesthetic of owners, fashion designer Dana Burrows and architect Graham Burrows; as well as providing a relaxed, versatile base for their teenage daughters, Camilla and Sienna.

 

4th April, 2018

The Elsternick home of Graham and Dana Burrows, their two daughters and two dogs. Photo – Eve Wilson.

The dream family home was designed by Graham, an architect and founding partner at Jackson Clements Burrows Architects. Photo – Eve Wilson.

A hidden glass skylight allows the kitchen ‘box’ to float off the main building. Arco Slim Dining Table with Marcel Breuer’s Cesca Chairs with arms. ‘My parents bought the chairs designed in 1928 in the 1970s and I grew up with them, we recently restored them and they are a true testament that good design doesn’t age’, Dana says! Photo – Eve Wilson.

The living room, which makes the most of the lush garden, with floor-to-ceiling windows. Limited edition black stained Eames classic lounge and ottoman from Living Edge – a favourite piece Dana bought for Graham for his 40th birthday. The coffee table was given to the couple by Dana’s sister for their wedding 18 years ago! Photo – Eve Wilson.

The dining nook at the end of the kitchen, a favourite breakfast spot. Photo – Eve Wilson.

The living room opens up to an internal courtyard. Photo – Eve Wilson.

A secret door clad in larch timber allows the kitchen to be concealed. Gubi’s Mategot Trolley (designed in 1953!) is from Luke Furniture. Photo – Eve Wilson.

This Matthew Johnson painting and rug by Loom add vibrancy to a soft internal palette in the main living room. Claudia Lau vases from Modern Times. Photo – Eve Wilson.

The den. Bend Sofa by Patricia Urquiola (B&B Italia) and Psiche Tall Mirror designed by Antonio Citterio for Maxalto both from Space Furniture, Muuto Around side table from Luke Furniture, Artemide Tolomeo Lamp. The image above the sofa is by John Gollings of St Kilda Promenade, one of Graham’s favourite projects. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Dana is the creative director and owner of silk wardrobe-essentials label, Banded Together. She’s wearing her custom designed Foulard Print silk shirt and pants. xJust visible is one of Dana’s most prized possessions, a silk rug from Loom made from recycled silk saris. ‘Our beautiful ornamental pistachio tree was only a metre tall when we planted it a few years ago’, Dana says of their impressive internal courtyard greenery. Photo – Eve Wilson.

The living room, looking back towards the kitchen. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Master bedroom. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Master bedroom. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Master bedroom. Photo – Eve Wilson.

The study, where a lot of Dana’s design work for Banded Together is done. Banded Together’s custom designed prints hang with an Antique Persian silk rug and Showtime Barcelona Chair from Living Edge. Photo – Eve Wilson.

The family pool – so dreamy! Photo – Eve Wilson.

Lucy Feagins
Wednesday 4th April 2018

‘We wanted our home to be a calm and reductive space, one that embraced and embedded itself in the landscape.’ – Graham Burrows.

After stumbling upon a vacant block of land in Elsternwick (formerly, the tennis court of a local school), Dana and Graham Burrows designed their home from the ground up. Despite the narrow street frontage (access to the house is along a 33m long and 3m wide driveway – cosy!) the opportunity to build a new home from a ‘clean landscape’ appealed to the couple, who ‘saw an opportunity for creating a hidden home immersed in a secret garden.’

Soon after acquiring the land, Graham immediately had a vision for ‘a layered and transparent home’. He and Dana wanted it to be a calm and reductive space,  one that embraced and embedded itself in the landscape. ‘In a sense, we were both clients and both co-creators’ Graham describes of the creative process. In the end, the project took about 3.5 years to design and build. All good things take time!

The house is informed by modernist aesthetics, and particularly references the home of Dana’s grandparents. ‘There are elements of this house that pay homage to that one both aesthetically, in the rectangular form, flat roof excessive windows, and the way the rooms flow into each other’. Dana explains ‘I wanted to feel the same in this house as I did in theirs as a child.’

With its sweeping windows, lush landscaping and internal courtyard, every room within the home is connected to the outdoors, and the eye is constantly drawn outside. Dana describes the interiors as ‘reductive in colour palette and excessive in texture’ – which could equally describe her own design approach. As the founder of boutique fashion label Banded Together, Dana spends a lot of time working from home, and her surroundings are an endless source of inspiration. ‘I spend a lot of time here, as its where I do a lot of the design work for my brand, and the home really fuels my imagination’ she says.

What is perhaps most distinctive about this home is a sense of quiet confidence. Each with their own discerning tastes, Dana and Graham have worked together to create a home that is highly considered, yet simple and understated. ‘We both very much believe in buying less and choosing well’ Dana reflects. ‘Every element of our home has some sort of significance and meaning’.

View Comments

Similar Stories

Architecture

A Triumphant West Brunswick Extension

The humble Californian bungalow, transformed and updated by Taylor Knights architects.

Homes

4. Top Ten Australian Homes of 2017 · Eco House Western Australia

A bright contemporary home in Perth designed with sustainability in mind and a considered array of intriguing materials.
Anna Flanders

Architecture

Extended And Updated In Albert Park

Tandem Studio works with the bones of a heritage listed house to create a contemporary solution for a young family.

This Week

35:30

Podcast

TDF Talks With Stylist + Art Director, Stephanie Stamatis

One of Melbourne’s most talented stylists (and THE OG Instagram influencer!) talks transitioning from interior design to styling and art d...

News

When The Tomatoes Are Ready

Beat’s weekly food columnist Georgia Spanos explores her Italian heritage through this sentimental book of recipes and family history....
Sally Tabart

Work Space

Brutalism At Work With Clare Cousins Architects

Step inside the cleverly renovated headquarters of Clare Cousins Architects in North Melbourne.
Lucy Feagins
  Less than an hour ago

Gardens

Visit The Secret Gardens of the Dandenongs This Week

Visit Victoria's most breathtaking private gardens, over two weeks this month.

Interiors

A Virtual Visit Of Como By Design

Explore the crème-de-la-crème of Melbourne’s creative community in an iconic location.

Food

Slow-Cooked Roast Lamb With Couscous + Green Salad

Hearty yet fresh, try cooking this crowd-pleasing dish from Cassie Lucas of Firecracker Event.
Cassie Lucas

Small Business

How-To Network For Small Business · Creative Mornings

Two of the best professional development gurus we know share their tips on making connections to benefit your biz.
Fiona Killackey

Homes

Mid-Century Magic In West Footscray

Swing into the best of the 60’s, with this timber-panelled, plant filled delight in Melbourne's west.

News

Klaylife Open The Doors To Their First-Ever Showroom

Visit the father-daughter duo’s new location this weekend and receive a $200 lighting voucher!
Sponsored

News

'Time & Space' by Sean Fennessy Opens This Weekend!

We’ve never held a TDF Collect exhibition like this before!

Shopping

The Little Homewares Store That Could

Anna Chisholm of homewares store Bungalow Trading Co. proves that perseverance pays off in small business.

Architecture

The Australian Beach House, Redux

This Mornington Peninsula retreat by Kerstin Thompson Architects deconstructs and reimagines the quintessential Aussie beach house.

Studio Visit

A Brisbane Painter’s Misson To Save The ‘Queenslander’

A studio visit with Debra Hood, the artist creating captivating streetscapes of her beloved hometown.
Elle Murrell

Art

Meet The Master Bark Painter From Maningrida

A major survey of John Mawurndjul's incredible work opens this weekend.
Elle Murrell

News

Palm Springs Like You've Never Seen It Before

Australian photographer Kate Ballis captures the iconic Californian city in a unique light in her new art book, Infra Realism.
Sally Tabart

Similar Stories

Architecture

A Triumphant West Brunswick Extension

The humble Californian bungalow, transformed by Taylor Knights architects.

Homes

4. Top Ten Australian Homes of 2017 · Eco House Western Australia

A bright contemporary home in Perth, designed with sustainability as a chief priority.
Anna Flanders

Architecture

Extended And Updated In Albert Park

Tandem Studio works with the bones of a heritage listed house to create a contemporary solution for a young family.