Melbourne Australia Architecture and Design

Browse Dwell stories about modern homes, design, and architecture in and around Melbourne, Australia.

Sea Green and Curved Glass Give a Melbourne Extension Aquatic Vibes
Sea Green and Curved Glass Give a Melbourne Extension Aquatic Vibes
The new kitchen, dining, and living space features brick washed in a submarine hue and a glass wall that wraps a courtyard like a fishbowl.
We’re Swooning Over the Sun-Dappled Interiors at This Midcentury-Inspired Melbourne Home
Breeze block walls let light and air filter in while maintaining privacy from passersby on the street.
An Architect Couple’s Experimental Home Is an Ode to Recycled Materials
Over 15 years, the cofounders of Splinter Society give a tiny worker’s cottage in Melbourne a gleaming goth makeover.
An Updated Victorian Cottage Savors the Neighborhood’s Fading Charm
An Updated Victorian Cottage Savors the Neighborhood’s Fading Charm
Lisa Breeze modernized the interiors of her home but kept the heritage facade intact to counter nearby car parks and apartment buildings.
An Aging Couple Carve Out a Sanctuary in the Suburbs of Melbourne
They tapped local firm Bent Architecture for a plan with first-floor amenities and outdoor areas planted with tranquil gardens.
A Black Timber Screen Conceals a Family’s Lush Hideaway on the Victoria Coast
The residence by Project 12 Architecture eschews an open plan for private, intimate spaces that spill into a backyard oasis.
A Cramped ’90s Kitchen Becomes a Melbourne Family’s Favorite Gathering Space
Sarah Kahn Architect designs a soaring timber-clad kitchen and dining area at the rear of the home without encroaching on the beloved backyard.
A Jewel Box Home in Melbourne Gets a Minty-Fresh Kitchen With a Cat Door
Architect Lisa Breeze expands the kitchen of a 1940s residence and includes cool-green cabinets, terrazzo floors, and a pass-through for a feline friend.
A Melbourne Apartment Trades Walls for Curtains After a $20K Transformation
Architecture Architecture removed doors and demolished dividers to create an open-plan living space that can be easily reconfigured at a moment’s notice.
Old Meets New in This Reimagined Garden House in Australia
Maike Design transforms a dark bungalow into a bright family home where greenery takes center stage.
A Family Home in Melbourne Gets an Extension With a Timber Brise-Soleil
A Family Home in Melbourne Gets an Extension With a Timber Brise-Soleil
In renovating a gabled residence, Architecture Architecture creates a wedge-shaped eave that guards the interiors from harsh summer sun.
An Australian Builder’s Cramped Family Cottage Gets an Industrial-Inspired Extension
In Melbourne’s Newport suburb, OOF! Architecture leads a skillful remodel packed with playful surprises like exposed trusses, a gantry walkway, and a hidden dog tunnel.
An Off-Grid Shipping Container Home Perches at the Foothills of the Victorian Alps
Melbourne designer Robbie Walker reconfigures two containers with plywood paneling, a hydraulic deck, and steel screens to create a rugged, all-weather escape.
A Melbourne Architect Imagines a New Home for Her Sister’s Family
With firm partner Rene Lieu, Sara Tonini of Mani Architecture creates a black facade that hides an array of textured and colorful spaces.
Before & After: Twinning Homes in Melbourne Go From Ramshackle to Ravishing
Mairead Murphy of Maike Design renovates two matching houses on the same block in Brunswick East, imbuing each with its own distinct character.
In Melbourne, a Retired Couple’s Weatherboard Cottage Gets a Luminous Extension
Roam Architects designs an airy addition with a timber roof, a two-way fireplace, and generous glazing that connects it to the backyard.
A Melbourne Bungalow’s Courtyard Extension Creates a Window to the Sky
Inspired by the home of Australian architect Sir Roy Grounds, the extension artfully blurs the boundaries between interior and exterior spaces.
A Multitiered Addition With a Lush Courtyard Revives a Federation-Style Melbourne Home
Architectural studio WALA breathes new life into a dated weatherboard bungalow with a two-level extension that incorporates a rear garden and addresses the home’s flood-prone site.
A Postwar Cottage in Melbourne Gets a Light-Filled Extension With a Central Courtyard
DOOD Studio helps a young Australian couple create a light and bright addition to their previously dark home, which the owner-builder clients lived in throughout the construction...
The Shiny Tile Wrapping This Melbourne Home Reflects the Greenery Around It
A weatherboard cottage gets an open and airy rear addition that features opulent green tile and contrasting spotted gum timber.
Before & After: A Century-Old Cottage in Melbourne Is No Longer a “Rabbit Warren” of Rooms
Views of the backyard abound in this newly streamlined home for a young couple with a newborn.
A Cramped Melbourne Victorian Gets an Earthy Refresh Inspired by the Australian Bush
Designer Kim Kneipp revamps a dark, 1890s home with clever storage solutions and custom joinery made of recycled wood.
An Undulating, Matte Black Home Hides a Secret Garden Within Its Walls
Wood Marsh Architecture brings a sculptural aesthetic to a holiday escape in Melbourne, Australia.
A Banana Popsicle–Inspired Kitchen Island Is the Heart of This Playful Aussie Home
Melbourne-based WOWOWA Architecture reimagines a brick house for a rambunctious family of six.
A Couple’s Home in Australia Is a Canvas for Changing Light
Centered in a lush garden, the single-level dwelling by Edition Office features softly textured brick and burnished concrete that make for dynamic, glowing interiors.
A Multigenerational Home Complete With Vegetable Gardens Rises in Central Melbourne
Austin Maynard Architects renovates and expands on a lot in the Fitzroy neighborhood to create a salubrious city retreat for a client and her son’s family.
An Angled Expansion Gives a Bungalow in Melbourne an Open-Air Slant
Building off a boxy floor plan, Splinter Society makes a diagonal cut, creating a family home that optimizes indoor/outdoor flow.
This Beach House in Australia Is Nothing Like Its Neighbors—or Any Beach House You’ve Seen
Though it’d be hard to tell from the street, the compound of concrete blocks forms a surprisingly breezy family retreat.
A Balcony With a Bathtub Caps This Striking Prefab in Melbourne
In the suburb of St Kilda, a modular home by Modscape works around site constraints to emphasize light and outdoor space.
This “Upside-Down” House in Melbourne Shifts Shape to Accommodate a Family of Seven
On a narrow lot in suburban Australia, Cloud Architecture designs a family home with built-in flexibility.