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Brick & Gable House by Breathe Architecture

Breathe Architecture designed this inspiring contemporary brick residence located in Melbourne, Australia, in 2018. Take a look at the complete story after the jump.

From the architects: Designed for a family of four. We were initially engaged to build a larger house for them, but after spending time living overseas, they returned realising that they could live in a smaller footprint.

The project involved the renovation of a heritage listed terrace house. Our clients loved the original character and stories that were attached to the house, so protecting that was important to them.

A dilapidated 1980s extension was demolished and replaced to bring in more natural light, better building performance, more amenity, landscaped courtyards, and warm honest internal materials.


A new, freestanding brick studio to the rear provided an additional guest room, painting studio, workshop and laundry.

The clients love for modernism and warm, indirect lighting was important to them, informing our simple design intent – to build a free standing studio out of brick, a contemporary architectural reflection of the surrounding neighbourhood’s character of brick sheds and garages.

Stack bond recycled bricks form the skin of the building, with the entire construction in brickwork (no plasterboard) to reduce materials and streamline construction.

Photography by Tom Ross

Find more projects by Breathe Architecture:

Cressy Street Townhouses by Megowan Architectural

Two Angle House by Megowan Architectural