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August 7, 2022

A modern house, Fitzroy Bridge House is a work of collaboration led by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design. Featuring a glass bridge – from which the project receives its name – the home emerges as a considered and personal dwelling that celebrates its older architectural elements.

Located in the southern Fitzroy heritage precinct, Fitzroy Bridge House sits an enviable two kilometres from the Melbourne CBD. The residence occupies a long, thin site and is comprised of distinct pavilions, encapsulating both the pre-existing architecture and the work of the modern house.

As Fitzroy Bridge House is situated in a heritage overlay, the exterior of the home could not be altered in relation to the front two rooms. Entering the home, residents move through the Victorian-style environments before reaching the rear architecture of the modern house that features a refined internal courtyard settled into the dining room interior design.

Connecting two pavilions, the glass bridge forms the focal point of the modern house. The bold feature provides a view down to the manicured garden in the Japanese-inspired courtyard – a fine work of landscape architecture requested by the client and executed by Robyn Barlow.

A product of collaboration, Fitzroy Bridge House is closely connected to the client. Warm, inviting and personal, the modern house expresses its own built narrative, enabling the client to retell the story of its creation for years to come.

00:00 - The Local Project's Print Publication
00:20 - The Name Behind Fitzroy Bridge House
00:57 - South Fitzroy Heritage Precinct
01:36 - Moving Through the Home
01:53 - Dissolution of Interior and Exterior
02:16 - The Bridge
02:40 - The Rear Retreat
03:14 - Involvement of the Clients and Their Non-Negotiables
03:57 - Key Sustainable Moves
04:51 - The Cellar
05:31 - Subscribe to The Local Project's Print Publication

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Photography by Derek Swalwell.
Architecture, Interior Design and Styling by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design.
Build by Warwick Constructions.
Landscape Architecture by Robyn Barlow Design.
Engineering by Clive Steele Partners.
Filmed and Edited by Dan Preston.
Production by The Local Project.

The Local Project Acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners of the land in Australia. We recognise the importance of Indigenous peoples in the identity of the country and continuing connections to Country and community. We pay the respect to Elders, past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Indigenous people of these lands.

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