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Dark Horse

Architect: Architecture Architecture

North | R05

In a row of worker’s cottages, there is one Dark Horse — a handsome creature. The stepped parapet, centred window, sidelined door, and entrance awning are carried with the familiar, unassuming composure of its neighbours. Yet the materials and details have a distinctly 21st century character, hinting at the contemporary home within. The palette of black, white, and grey is carried throughout, lending tonal variation and spatial depth to an otherwise diminutive site. The play of tones creates moments of expansion and contraction, generosity and intimacy. In the heart of the house, the living areas open onto a courtyard. The high-ceilinged corridors pinwheel outwards, establishing a sunlit centre around which most daily activity occurs. Upstairs, a warmer palette of timber floors and lining boards sets the tone for the private quarters, while dramatic skylights and generous windows cast this Dark Horse in abundant natural light.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 11am-4pm - Booking required for this building

  • What's Open: House interior

  • Tour Type: R05

  • Tour Details: First release Friday 13 July 8.30 am until booked out, second release Friday 20 July 8.30am until booked out, small booking fee applies. Tours at every 45 minutes, running for 45 minutes, in groups of 10.

  • Access: Limited mobility access

  • Building Type: Residential

  • Year Built: 2016

  • Website:

  • Transport: Tram stop 122: Glenlyon Rd on routes 1, 6, 8.

  • Photo Credit: Peter Bennetts


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