West Bend House | MRTN Architects

West Bend House | MRTN Architects | Photographer: Peter Bennetts

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

West Bend House | MRTN Architects

Traditional Land Owners
Wurundjeri Woiwurrung people of the Kulin nation


Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Lew Building
Peter Bennetts
Project summary

Located on the banks of the Merri Creek, West Bend House was conceived as an inhabited pathway, a means to traverse the long narrow site from street to expansive rear garden with views over the banks of the creek.

The design evolved through the consideration of two diametrically opposite traits that homes must possess, they need to be the Shelter and the Stage for the families that live in them. This was the key concern of West Bend House, how to nurture the very independent lives of the individuals that live there but also provide a variety of ways and means that they could come together with each other and friends. This was achieved by large range of social spaces that vary in scale and connections to each other social spaces or with more private areas of the house.

Victorian Architecture Awards Accolades
Shortlist – Residential Architecture – Houses (New)
Victorian Jury Presentation

Antony designs spaces that are beautiful to live in and also manages every stage so well that the whole design and build process is a pleasure to be part of. Every room and all the in-between spaces link perfectly, and somehow have outlooks and sky and tree views that hardly seem possible in the middle of the city.
The materials, lines and dimensions always look great but you feel his true sense of design when you live and move through the spaces. There is a warmth to his work and a real sense of architecture supporting experience.

Project Practice Team

Antony Martin, Design Architect
Cameron Suisted, Project Architect
Joanne Nataprawira, Graduate of Architecture
Johnny Long, Graduate of Architecture

Project Consultant and Construction Team

Brave New Eco, Interior Designer
Deery Consultants, Structural Engineer
Hansen Partnership, Town Planner
SBLA, Landscape Consultant

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West Bend House | MRTN Architects | Photographer: Peter Bennetts

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