Garden House

  • Type Residential
  • Client Private
  • Location Melbourne
  • Description Open garden, open house
  • Collaborators LBA Construction
    Myles Baldwin Design
  • Construction 2016
  • Photography Shannon Mcgrath
  • Design Powell and Glenn Pty Ltd (Architecture), Hecker Guthrie (Interior Design)
  • Architect Ed Glenn

'Every hour of every day of each year, light casts its unique qualities...'

A careful study of an expansive, established garden and its relationship to light were central to the reimagining of a three-storey building designed by prominent Arts and Crafts architect Walter Richmond Butler.

The original, internally focused house is reconfigured. The kitchen is relocated to become an enlivening core of the old and new structures. A grid of fine black steel framed windows (a nod to a garden conservatory) bring the outside in, the inside out.

The architecture is consciously shouldered to the shortest boundary of the land, with buildings carefully positioned to take in sweeping garden vistas.

The new elevated wing of ‘garden rooms’ look over reimagined rolling lawns.

An insular, formal house no more…