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FITZROY HOUSE

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA

Project Details:

Bricks: Grampian Blue bricks by Krause Bricks

Architect: John Wardle Architects

Photography: Trevor Mein


From John Wardle Architects:

This thoughtful house riffs on diverse inner-city conditions of local materials, history, and form. Located in a gritty pocket of an inner-city suburb, this house is wedged between an existing Victorian residence and a 1960s garage.

The facade wears its influences up front. Brickwork is patterned in a pixellated representation of a spray can’s sweep. A large window frame reverses the expected order of planning by exposing the activity of the kitchen theatrically to the street. The original graffiti artists who had painted the boundary walls when the site was vacant were commissioned to return and reconnect their original paintings into the house itself.

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Image Source: John Wardle Architects

Image Source: John Wardle Architects

The facade wears its influences up front. Brickwork is patterned in a pixellated representation of a spray can’s sweep.
— John Wardle Architects
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From Architecture AU:

Some architecture impresses with its departure from what we expect a building to look like, as if the project were not a house with roof gutters and plumbing and doors for people, but an abstract sculpture that would sit happily in a museum. While the Fitzroy House by John Wardle Architects embraces abstract form making, it is also intently focused on the life within it and the context that surrounds it.

The house is both a tranquil oasis and a theatrical portal to the life of the street... the front of the house is strange and intriguing: it sits like an alien in the streetscape, yet was created by its context.
— Tobias Horrocks – Architecture AU

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