Polygreen House

Northcote, Melbourne

“A gem of a house, this tough little dwelling box is clad in a translucent wall of polycarbonate printed with an unfettered green scribble across three of its faces… this is a house for work and pay.” - Phillip Goad, Melbourne Architecture

The central idea for this inner Melbourne project was to create a container for living and working that, whilst still engaging with all the site issues of the industrial neighbourhood, enabled us to take a thread from the first cocoon we spun for ourselves in Wye River and weave it into the fabric of this next home for ourselves.

The building is wrapped on three sides in a translucent printed skin, the third side allows for Northern glazing.

The printed image is our graphic garden experienced from both the inside and the outside; our urban jungle. As it is made from a photograph of a sculpture of our own it continues a series of works, a personal line of investigation.


  • Australian Institute of Architecture National Award for Small Project Architecture
  • Australian Institute of Architecture Award for Residential Architecture (Victorian Chapter)

Selected Publications

  • Philip Jodidio, Architecture Now! Houses 2, Cologne, Germany: Taschen, pp. 68-73
  • Stuart Harrison, Forty-Six Square Metres of Land Doesn’t Normally Become a House, Melbourne, Australia: Thames & Hudson
  • Ben Pell, The Articulate Surface, Basal, Switzerland: Birkhäuser, pp. 20-21
  • ‘Polygreen’, Specifier, Issue 88, pp. 72-75
  • Philip Goad, Melbourne Architecture, Boorowa, NSW: The Watermark Press, p. 267
  • ‘Green House’, belle: Australia, Issue Dec/Jan 2008/2009, pp. 138-143
  • ‘Bellemo & Cat’s Cradle’, Dwell, March 2009, pp. 53-54
  • ‘Sign Language’, Habitus, Issue 03, pp. 184-191
  • ‘Tin Shed Alley’, Monument, Issue 86, pp. 72-77
  • ‘Zoom: Polygreen House’, The Plan: Italy, Issue 32, pp. 117-122
  • ‘Up With Down Under’, Interior Design: New York, Issue September 2008, pp. 528-532
  • ‘Haus Polygreen’, AIT: Germany, Issue 7/8 2008, pp. 112-117

Photographer: Peter Hyatt