Designed for a family of four. Breathe Architecture was initially engaged to build a larger house for them, but after spending time living overseas, they returned realising that they could live in a smaller footprint.

Brick and Gable House in Melbourne by Breathe Architecture

ArchitectBreathe Architecture
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Year: 2018
Photography: Tom Ross

Brick and Gable House in Melbourne by Breathe Architecture

From the architect: The project involved the renovation of a heritage listed terrace house. Our clients loved the original character and stories that were attached to the house, so protecting that was important to them. A dilapidated 1980s extension was demolished and replaced to bring in more natural light, better building performance, more amenity, landscaped courtyards, and warm honest internal materials.

Brick and Gable House in Melbourne by Breathe Architecture

A new, freestanding brick studio to the rear provided an additional guest room, painting studio, workshop and laundry. The clients love for modernism and warm, indirect lighting was important to them, informing our simple design intent - to build a free standing studio out of brick, a contemporary architectural reflection of the surrounding neighbourhood’s character of brick sheds and garages. Stack bond recycled bricks form the skin of the building, with the entire construction in brickwork (no plasterboard) to reduce materials and streamline construction. 

Brick and Gable House in Melbourne by Breathe Architecture

Brick and Gable House in Melbourne by Breathe Architecture

Brick and Gable House in Melbourne by Breathe Architecture

Brick and Gable House in Melbourne by Breathe Architecture

Brick and Gable House in Melbourne by Breathe Architecture

Brick and Gable House in Melbourne by Breathe Architecture

Brick and Gable House in Melbourne by Breathe Architecture

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