Collection by Luke Hopping

On a Busy Street in Melbourne, a Brick Home Fits Three Courtyard Retreats


After demolishing a weatherboard building on a bustling roadway in Melbourne, Delia Teschendorff could have instituted a showy architectural marvel that announced its presence as loudly as the passing traffic. Instead, the architect designed a quiet family home that "turns its back" on the street with a studio and plenty of outdoor space.

The location, which is hemmed in by buildings on three sides and faces a heavily-trafficked road and tram line to the...
A distinct studio with a translucent facade is situated toward the street.
The home's studio was initially deemed non-compliant by local authorities for violating the neighborhood's historic...
The studio shelters the residence's entrance and a wood deck from the street.
The home, which was dubbed Bridge House 2, borrows and expands upon ideas Teschendorrf implemented in her own residence...
The living spaces are separated from the sleeping quarters by an elevated bridge, hence the home's name.
For privacy and quiet, the home's three bedrooms are situated the furthest from the street.
The courtyards offer a peaceful respite from the city.