Victoria’s most amazing homes

Klein Bottle House by John Gollings

Nina Hendy

Posted January 10, 2022

Some of the most stunning homes in Australia reside in Victoria. And as with these homes, often the story behind their design is just as incredible as the finished product.

Whether they’ve been built to make you feel like you're in a floating cloud or constructed with unique materials, Victoria is the home to some of Australia’s most unique, incredible, and bizarre homes.

Whether the architect has had to be creative with a small block of land, or had to respond to a heritage overlay, some of Victoria’s most incredible homes have been the result of pure ingenuity. 

Incredible architecture

The Cloud House 

This eye-catching renovation of an Edwardian house in Melbourne’s Fitzroy North is shaped like a cloud and heralds craftsmanship and design equally, though its playful design is truly unique.

Designed by architects McBride Charles Ryan, the house is designed in three parts, with glimpses previewing oncoming spaces as you walk through the home. 

The form of the cloud is an unexpected element of the building and a playful addition to a home that most certainly has a silver lining. 

Prahran House 

It might look like an old factory, but inside, this industrial façade is disguising a beautiful home built for an art-loving couple.

Located in the suburb of Prahran, this home looks more like a warehouse from the outside, but behind the front door is an urban oasis. 

Designed by Techne Architecture + Interior Design, this is a building within a building – a two-storey home acting as a secure compound. Despite there being no heritage restrictions to retain the façade, designers opted for the striking design to give a nod to the style of the original building. 

The Long House, Daylesford 

In the chic township of Daylesford in an area called Elevated Plains sits The Long House, a 100-metre residence that also combines a working farm and a cooking school. 

The project came together after a couple decided to build a home that blends their loves together under one roof, amalgamating their passions in a glorious and striking project. 

The residence includes living quarters, a cooking school, and a working farm building. The owners consulted with architecture and design firm, Partners Hill, to create this entirely unique and beautiful residents, complete with a greenhouse. 

Little wonder it has been featured on Grand Designs Australia and has been named Australian House of the Year. 

The Cloud House. Photo by: John Gollings
Prahran House. Photo by: Tom Blachford
The Long House, Daylesford. Photo by: Phillip Huynk

Klein Bottle House 

Imagine living inside a bottle. This property in Rye, near RACV Cape Schanck Resort, was designed to look like a ‘Klein Bottle’ (a non-orientable surface) after designers configured it to respond to the difficult topography of the block. 

The building is clad in cement sheeting, representing folded origami. Inside, there are dramatic stairs winding around the internal courtyard, with bedrooms along the way and a large living room at the end of the journey. 

Designed by architects at McBride Charles Ryan, the award-winning property is made from concrete sheets and black metal, which are folded and twisted to create a multitude of angles.

Eastwell House 

Eastwell House is located in Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula. 

The original cottage stands proudly attached to the new pavilion-style double-storey extension. Designers have cleverly extended this old-style home with a strikingly sculptural contemporary design to create a light-filled space.

Techne Architecture + Interior Design took inspiration from the angular roof forms of the existing home, creating two new very distinct pavilions to add new living space. It’s a home like no other.

 Hill House 

This fascinating home in the suburb of Northcote looks like a black floating box on a green hill, and it’s incredible. 

The house, designed by Maynard Architects, was designed to be playful without being childish for a family. The strategy was to get the house in the backyard to face the sun and get passive solar, making it a greenhouse with very little demand for water for the garden, either. 

Rather than reconfigure and extend the existing house, a new two-storey pavilion was built at the very rear of the property, facing the sun. It’s a real traffic-stopper, too.

Klein Bottle House Photo by: John Gollings
Eastwell House. Photo by: Tom Blachford
Hill House. Photo by: Peter Bennetts

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