House in House by Steffen Welsch Architects

House in House by Steffen Welsch Architects

Architects: Steffen Welsch Architects
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Year: 2014
Photo courtesy: Shannon McGrath

House in House is a new build in a streetscape with significant heritage value. Our idea was that the home be an ‘uneasy fit’ within the street, creating a dialogue, an ongoing easy tension, with its predominantly Federation-style neighbours.


House in House contains five distinct internal pavilions or houses and three courtyards or voids. Each of the pavilions or houses has discrete functions, and each individual house is linked through a main axis, doubling as circulation spine.


The courtyards punctuate the pavilions, drawing in natural light and ventilation. The largest courtyard frames the limits of the block and is for outdoor entertaining under a pergola. The smaller courtyards feature lush plantings, a retreat for one or two. This project is designed to passive solar principles.

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