Abstract House by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design

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Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Architects: Matt Gibson Architecture + Design

Project team: Matt Gibson, Brett Stonehouse, Claire Monahan, Huw Wellard, Erica Tsuda, Weian Lim, Michael Newberg, Christopher Hewson, Alice Chow, CJ Koay

Photography: © Shannon McGrath


An addition to an existing red brick double fronted Victorian, this home is arranged to allow a strong axial progression from front to rear. Formal spaces are zoned within the original front rooms whilst the rear caters for the main family spaces at the ground level with sleeping spaces above. The new works are externally conceived as an assemblage of abstract geometric shapes adapted to meet the site constraints and reminiscent of the formal and material simplicity of early European modernist houses. Adapted to meet an Australian climate the interior spaces are composed simply and opened up to work seamlessly with the architecture and the exterior. The forms and material textures (including red brick and black zinc to coordinate with the existing building) continue internally and help designate and define certain programmatic functions within the house, whilst the white plaster of the interior along with floor materials and joinery elements manoeuvre externally to dissolve interior and exterior.

Matt Gibson Architecture + Design

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Photography is by Shannon McGrath

Matt Gibson Architecture + Design

Matt Gibson

Matt Gibson (RAIA FDIA)

Matt brings wide and varied experience having worked within various architectural and interior design offices both in Australia & the UK before setting up his own practice in 2003. Matt has an intimate experience of various project types including large scale institutional & commercial projects through to smaller scale retail, hospitality and residential design. Matt is known for establishing a strong strategic direction and a clear and client specific design solution. He has strong communication skills and over a decade’s experience in co-ordinating design teams, consultants & authorities to achieve best possible outcomes. Matt Gibson is a guest tutor at Melbourne University and Deakin University’s Schools of Architecture, a regular guest speaker at Design-Ex, has been a juror on the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects Awards and is convenor of the Australian Institute of Architects Medium Practice Forum. Matt was elected a Fellow of the DIA in 2011 for services to the Interior Design industry and is a juror on the 2013 Australian Interior Design Award panel.

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melbourne office
29 derby street, collingwood
victoria, australia 3066

[t]+61 3 9419 6677
+61 3 9419 6644
[e] studio@mattgibson.com.au

sydney office
24/2 ithaca road, elizabeth bay
nsw, australia 2011



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