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Taking cues from modernist architecture of the Hollywood Hills and Palm Springs, the Sussex residence makes the most of generous vistas to a focal pool, garden and abundant blue skies for a family relocating from Perth to Melbourne.

The Brief

This young family of four had recently arrived from Perth and wanted to acheive a feeling of light, a sense of calm and space without grandeur in their new home.

The brief required a modern family home with an introspective aspect, shouldering against neighbours and appearing to stand alone from within the property.


The Sussex residence was inspired by Hollywood Hills and Palm Springs style architecture.
The concept was to have each room connect with the outdoors, paying homage to the perfect blue-sky days of Perth.

The design centres around a series of pavilions and a generous breezeway with full openings to the north to capture the sun. The living spaces interact with these pavilions and are zoned without total seclusion so the family can still connect.

The core idea centered around a focal pool and garden zone with direct sight line from the entry, along the pool to the very back of the block.


The design has accommodated functional spaces with consideration to the lifestyle of a family with two very young children. Busy mornings, task areas and recreational spaces; all facilitating the client’s desire to be at home, entertaining family and friends and enjoying their children.

The Northern orientation takes advantage of the best aspects of the block providing beautiful views from all rooms to garden and pool.