Elwood House

A New Apartment Typology for Melbourne

While modern in its design, Elwood House is still very much part of its historic neighborhood. The four-story development reflects the local grain and scale of its Melbourne precinct while simultaneously evolving this particular site into a more refined solution for the area. Drawing on the character of the architectural vernacular, the new multifamily complex transforms the typically low-scale residential language of the area.

In collaboration with Piccolo Developments, the entire construction contains 30 apartments, ranging in size from one to three bedrooms. Each unit is unique, designed as individual houses targeted at local tenants looking to downsize to a more compact residence.

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This approach represents a fundamental shift in apartment typology planning, with each dwelling providing a specialized solution as opposed to the streamlined uniformity typical in unit development. The results provide an elevated living experience for the owners with consideration for both privacy and community.


Piccolo Developments




Melbourne, Australia

Completion Date

August 2017


1,400 square meters


2018 City of Port Phillip Design and Development Award—Multi-Unit and Mixed Use Development

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Australian Institute of Architects, Victorian Architecture Awards: Commendation for Residential Architecture—Multiple Housing