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Elwood House, Melbourne, Australia

Location: 2 Pine Ave, Elwood, Melbourne 
Year built: 2017
Architect: Woods Bagot in collaboration with Piccolo Developments
Photographer: Sharon Mcgrath

Built in 2017, the Elwood House by Woods Bagot was designed with simplicity in mind. Blending in perfectly with its humble surroundings, the building combines concrete, brick and greenery to form an elegant, refined structure.

The construction, comprising 30 apartments, provides an architectural delight for locals of its Elwood, Melbourne location. The building is aimed at downsizers wanting to live the simple life of calm and convenience.

Elwood House is unique in its construction—unlike regular apartment buildings, Woods Bagot intended for their design to resemble a group of small homes rather than units. The building’s brick facade is partitioned by a scatter of glass openings, allowing ample light and natural ventilation to penetrate the interior rooms.

About Woods and Bagot

Founded in South Australia, Woods Bagot is now a globally recognised architectural firm, specialising in the design and planning of a large variety of spaces and structures. The company has an expansive history, dating back to 1869, when architect Edward John Woods was hired to expand and improve the design of St. Peter’s Cathedral in Adelaide.

In 1905, Woods joined forces with prominent South Australian architect Walter Bagot. The firm first established its name as Woods Bagot Architects in 1975.

Woods Bagot is known for innovative, varied design philosophies. In recent years, the firm has displayed a preference for sustainable construction inspired by nature and local geography. The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute building, for example, is inspired by a pine cone, and was designed with passive solar performance in mind.

Other notable Woods Bagot designs include the Adelaide Convention Centre, the National Australia Bank building, and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.