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A Bright + Contemporary Family Home In Brunswick West Hits The Market

Avid readers of The Design Files will remember this beautiful, breezy house from when featured it in our ‘Architecture’ column last year, right back when it was newly built. Even more keen Melbourne architecture watchers will have noticed it has hit the market!

Designed by DOOD Studio to respect the history of the locale as well as its future direction, we are jealous of whoever snaps up this neighbourhood gem.

See more about this fabulous family retreat built around a lush green central garden below.

Sasha Gattermayr
Supported by Nelson Alexander

Sliding glass doors connect the kitchen the outdoor terrace, where there is wires overhead designed for a future grapevine canopy! Photo – Joel Noon.

Dappled light dances across the red brickwork. Photo – Joel Noon.

Seamless indoor-outdoor connection with these black steel-framed doors. Photo – Tatjana Plitt.

Black pendant lights anchor the light and bright space. Photo – Joel Noon.

Skylights above the kitchen bathes the benches in sunlight. Photo – Tatjana Plitt.

The sitting room connects the original bedrooms at the front to the open-plan extension at the rear. Photo – Tatjana Plitt.

The large windows overlook the central lawn. Photo – Joel Noon.

Columns of light perforate the house at opportune moments. Photo – Joel Noon.

A sweeping indoor banquette seat guides residents from the original front portion of the house to the newly extended rear. Photo – Joel Noon.

Bathroom details see the introduction of new and interesting materials. Photo – Joel Noon.

More skylights usher light into different spaces. Photo – Tatjana Plitt.

The olive tree at the entry nods to the Mediterranean history of the suburb. Photo – Joel Noon.

The front bedrooms retain their original heritage character, but with contemporary cosmetic updates. Photo – Tatjana Plitt.

Straight from Santorini! Photo – Tatjana Plitt.

Sasha Gattermayr
9th of February 2022

Perhaps the greatest test of a house is if it can survive multiple periods of stay-at-home orders. The Garden House by DOOD Studio totally did!

‘The flow of the house is fantastic, which we especially noticed during lockdown,’ says owner, Rachel Allan. ‘It’s large enough for everyone to have their own space, but we can still manage to keep an eye on the kids.’

But the time is ripe for a new adventure, which means this brilliant, breezy family home is in the market for new owners!

The single storey residence takes full advantage of its wide and long block. Due to its new orientation around a north-facing internal courtyard, the home is flooded with light throughout the day. A raised sitting room links the original front bedrooms to the new open-plan renovation, and overlooks the green lawn towards the main bedroom suite at the rear of home.

The kitchen is the real hero, with terrazzo surfaces, green cabinetry, skylights and sliding glass doors opening to the brick terrace, every angle of the room is bathed in light. How good is that in-built curved banquette seat?

Blending a new minimalist style with referential retro finishes, the inspired design takes cues from both new and old time periods. Clean white lines and natural materials work in dialogue with the green lawn, which can be viewed from each wing of the U-shaped house.

Are you the new custodians of this perfectly planned family residence?

141 Pearson Street, Brunswick West will be sold via auction on Saturday February 26th at 11am by James Labiris, Gordon Hope and Christian Cortese. See the full listing here.


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