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Plumber's House

"Located North of Melbourne’s CBD in Essendon, the Plumber's House manages to capture our clients desire for a modern design, becoming a prominent addition to the streetscape whilst contextually fitting into a fast evolving area of Melbourne. The attention to detail seen both internally and externally throughout the entirety of the dwelling perhaps sets the tone for the future architectural style of the area, encapsulating the essence of family living". 

Upon entry, the light that is provided by the double height glazed skylight sets the tone of the dwelling as the airy nature filters through the dwelling creating a sense of spacious comfort. The Zinc cladding seen on the front façade of the dwelling is a fitting combination with the tinted glazing which embraces the spectacular city views whilst contrasting with the exposed concrete entrance and steps. The use of the an earthy, natural and sustainable palette of materials is sympathetic to the previous home whilst staying relevant to the immediate context and vibe of the wider Essendon Area.

A focused brief driven by the owner’s occupation as a plumber was a key influence in the design as the theme of water provides an overwhelming sense of calm. A cascading water feature lines the entrance as this tranquility flows through the dwellings inbuilt aquarium and the large viewing window on one of the swimming pool walls creates an atmospheric light for the basement.

The floor to ceiling sliding doors and windows that access the alfresco area allow for seamless outdoor/ indoor living creating the ultimate entertainment area under the rear cantilevered overhangs. A sporting zone ensures the kids are kept entertained in the backyard while the private courtyard aids in providing a moment of peace.

Nominated for an institute of architects Award in 2017 the design incorporates 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms (3 en suites), an open plan kitchen and 2 living areas. The home is also equipped with a generous 4 car basement garage, office area, cinema/gym, alfresco area and a wine cellar to boot.

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Project Credits

Photographer: Nic Granleese


2017 Victorian Architecture Awards: Listed in Best New Residential Architecture

Featured Press

2018 Hunting for George: Plumbers House by Finnis (see article)

2018 Arch Daily: Plumbers House by Finnis (see article) 

2018 My House Idea: Plumbers House by Finnis  (see article)

2018 Archi Lovers: Plumbers House (see article)

2016 Home Beautiful: December issue - Modern Love (see article)

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