Hiro-En House by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design

July 18, 2018

Outside In

Hiro-En House by Matt Gibson Architecture + DesignThis Victorian villa in Melbourne has been extended by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design to create an uplifting space which more than fulfils the homeowners' brief to optimise their outdoor living space.

The architects adopted the traditional Japanese building concept of "hiro-en" and based the extension at the back of the house on two deep verandahs, one of which is double-height.  With the dividing glass walls flung wide open, the living room extends seamlessly into the garden.  In addition, the architects added a sail-like metal mesh curtain all around the two verandahs, providing flexible and beautifully ethereal protection against the fierce afternoon sun as well as the neighbours' gaze.

Inside, the original part of the villa features a darkly atmospheric living room with library-style bookcases lining an entire wall.  The open plan living space in the extension is light and airy with skylights cleverly positioned to mark the meeting point of the old and new structures as well as lighting up the original brick walls.  We also like the sumptuous bedroom with its dramatic flower print wallpaper and luxuriously upholstered furniture set against the ornate stone fireplace and gilded mirror.

However inviting the interior spaces are, nothing quite beats the stunning outdoor dining area.  With the setting sun filtering gently through the billowing curtain and the barbecue all fired up, this indoor-outdoor space is simply irresistible.

Hiro-En House by Matt Gibson Architecture + DesignHiro-En House by Matt Gibson Architecture + DesignHiro-En House by Matt Gibson Architecture + DesignHiro-En House by Matt Gibson Architecture + DesignHiro-En House by Matt Gibson Architecture + DesignHiro-En House by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design


Matt Gibson Architecture + Design

Shop the Style

Slick Style

Product Inspiration

Create your own indoor outdoor style by combining natural wood furniture such as the Fan table from Desalto with outdoor-friendly chairs such as the Ming aluminium chair from Stellar Works and the Gardenias outdoor armchair with pergola from BD Barcelona Design.

Fan Table   Ming Aluminium Chair (Outdoor)   Gardenias Outdoor Armchair with Pergola


A statement light such as the Noon 5 suspension light from Zeitraum would look great in the darkly atmospheric living room.  For the outdoor spaces go for portable LED table lamps such as the Piknik from LZF or the Carrie from Menu.

Noon 5 Suspension Light   Piknik Portable Wireless Table Light   Carrie LED Portable Lamp - Set of 2


Wild botanic prints, such as the Tropical Bloom wallpaper from Mind The Gap, look great in bedrooms, especially when teamed with accessories such as the Knotted Cherry container from Ghidini 1961 and the Twitable from Seletti.

Tropical Bloom Wallpaper   Knotted Cherry Container (Large)   Twitable

You may also like:

Ewen Tree House by Hawkes Architecture

November 13, 2018

Architect Richard Hawkes is a veteran of para 55 developments, the only architect with an unparalleled 100% planning approval rate for such projects. His latest venture, the Ewen Tree House in the picturesque Costwolds, is a great example of his creative approach.

View full article →

Casa Olabeunaga, Hawaii: USD 9,800,000

November 06, 2018

Ettore Sottsass, father of the Memphis movement, is well known for his outlandish and colourful designs.  Trained as an architect, Sottsass also designed numerous buildings, seven of which are private residences.  One of these rare gems is now on the market. 

View full article →

Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Highlights 2018

October 24, 2018

The Design Academy in Eindhoven has a well-earned reputation for nurturing future design stars.  It should therefore come as no surprise that their graduation show is full of delightful and thought-provoking design ideas. 

View full article →

Sign up to receive emails on the latest sales, new products and more!