developed by australian architecture studio MGAO, the project is a private residence in yarrambat town within melbourne’s ‘green belt’. the site itself is a large bush block with several rural storage sheds, garages and scattered workshops —  bound on two sides by ironbark road. the house’s close proximity to the largest of these sheds, the vastness of the site and the extended surroundings, has called for a proposal that would sit comfortably within these over-scaled conditions.

MGAO two-sheds private residence melbourne designboom
view from the front entrance



MGAO reveals the concept as two long, simple, pitched roof volumes positioned on the site in order to maximize northern light into the living areas. this provides a sense of privacy and protection from the neighboring road, as well as a frame for desired views towards the surrounding bushland. both pitched volumes intersect at the center point, creating the entry space (a pivot point between inside and outside), the garage and home, the front and back, the public and private spheres. 

MGAO two-sheds private residence melbourne designboom
at this entry point, two sheds cross 

entry foyer with a concealed door to the guest wing

MGAO two-sheds private residence melbourne designboom
living room and kitchen opened up unto an extensive view of the natural setting

MGAO two-sheds private residence melbourne designboom
aerial view – site image

MGAO two-sheds private residence melbourne designboom
floor plan



project info:


year: 2016
location: yarrambat, vic
program: private house
size: 300 sq.m
status: concept design



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