Ivanhoe House by Auhaus Architecture

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Location: Ivanhoe, Victoria, Australia

Year: 2016


2017 Victorian Architecture Awards Shortlist

2017 Houses Awards Shortlist

2017 IDEA Interior Design Awards Shortlist

Architects: Auhaus Architecture

Builder: DSS Constructions

Photography: © Derek Swalwell

Furniture and Styling: Nina Provan

A new 4 bedroom house built into a heavily treed hill that drops away steeply towards the rear of the site. The house is divided into two wings, pinching together to form an entry then folding away from one another, enclosing wedges of outdoor space in between and creating a separation of the site into manicured front and untamed rear. From the street, the house is hunkered into the hill, with the pedestrian access stepping down into a private entry forecourt bounded by the kitchen and dining area. Through the front door, the view is straight into the treetops, with the arching living zone opening onto both the front courtyard and a rear deck, fully immersed in the landscape surrounds. The material palette of timber, black and emerald green reflects the colours in the landscape and intensifies the sense of envelopment. The design screens out adjoining neighbours, giving northern aspect to living spaces and focusing views into the treetops. The main living and master bedroom wing cantilevers out into the established tree canopy, creating the feel of a treehouse, with leafy outlook and filtered afternoon light.

 Auhaus Architecture

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Images courtesy of Auhaus Architecture


Auhaus is an architecture and design studio operating out of Melbourne and Barwon Heads, Australia. The studio was founded by Architects Benjamin Stibbard and Kate Fitzpatrick, both of whom worked in larger residential firms before establishing Auhaus in 2011.

With a different set of priorities in mind that went beyond the ‘bottom line’, Auhaus have made a name for themselves creating bespoke homes along Victoria’s surf coast and in Melbourne’s leafy suburbs. Avoiding the shopping list approach, each design is inspired by site context, landscape and the client’s lifestyle.

Kate and Ben are drawn to the complexities and intricacies inherent in every project and revel in the initial broad brush pen strokes down to the in-house fabrication of  joinery hardware and lighting, ensuring that every project is rigorous, engaging and highly tailored to the end user.

Kate and Ben are both Registered Architects with the ARBV, and Auhaus Architecture is an A+ member of the Australian Institute of Architects.



96 Chestnut St Richmond 3121

Phone 03 9410 4733 or 03 9429 4126

Ben 0411 229 395

Kate 0423 604 184




51A Hitchcock Avenue, Barwon Heads 3227

Ben 0411 229 395

Kate 0423 604 184


 Auhaus architecture & interior


One Comment Add yours

  1. A perfect place to live, i love it


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