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Sometimes it's great to be able to speak German - particularly when a German publication features your work. Great read on the German houzz site, with a lot of background on the Northcote house we did last year.

Book / Publication

Sunday afternoon : Relax, grab a cup of coffee, and watch a beautiful video of our Northcote Slate House. Put together as part of AWS' Designer Notes series : Watch it here

This gorgeous contemporary residence in inner-city Melbourne was to be the owners’ dream home and energy efficiency was non-negotiable. Determined to include passive Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) principles to reduce the need for artificial heating and cooling, and combat condensation, the owners tasked Melbourne Design Studios with this stunning project.

Book / Publication, Industry

Keen to go green, and make your kitchen more sustainable ? Great article on - Have a read of what the experts think - incl MDS director Marc Bernstein-Hussmann and featuring some of our kitchens.

"So you want a sustainable kitchen ? Everything you need to know. Three sustainable design experts reveal exactly how to go about it... (more)


Our Coburg home is coming together. This is going to be a Certified Passive House, built from CLT and woodfibre insulation, with triple-glazed windows (all supplies by Sustainable Building Supplies). We poured concrete for the foundations in mid Jan, and are now starting the fit off - pretty good timing I would say!

This is the first of a series of homes for 'Home by Hutt', called TMRW. It's 'ToMoRroW's house today', with a fair bit of experimental stuff going on, and some beautiful finishes and features. Can't wait to see it finished. In the meantime, you can find some impressions from site on our facebook news feed.


What a nice surprise, in these difficult times :
Out of the blue, we have just been nominated for a 'German Design Award'. This is for our 'Biophilia Slate House', and we've also been nominated for our Birkenstock HQ a few years back, which is quite amazing.

The German Design Award is annual awards scheme by the 'Rat für Formgebung', the German Design Council, which was established in 1954 by the German Parliament - so we feel really honoured !

Book / Publication, Industry

Interview with Marc Bernstein from Melbourne Design Studios, Paul Hecker of Hecker Guthrie and Sally Hollbrook of Northborne Architecture & Design :
Open Book: 3 Architects' Advice... That They Didn't Learn at Uni

Three architects, six questions – discover the challenges, turning points and must-have tools for these professionals

Book / Publication

"Biophilia Slate House by Melbourne Design Studios", on 'Hunting for George'. Great project, in a great publication - have a read here :

Conference / Presentation

The '3rd International Exhibition of Housing' in Serbia has recently concluded. One of the exhibited projects was our "No Two The Same" composition of urban residences, reviewed by the exhibition's iinternational artistic and scientific committee.
The exhibition is designed as a "biennial manifestation, intended to be a review of the significant, contemporary achievements in the field of housing architecture in the last

3 years", organised by the University of Niš in Serbia. Snapshot from the catalogue on the side - there are some really good projects in there, showcasing the latest approaches and achievements in international housing architecture. If you'd like to look at a digital copy of the exhibition catalogue please let us know or comment below, and we can forward you a digital copy, or its ISBN number for hardcopies.

Book / Publication, News

The AAA (Australian Architecture Association) reporting on a quintessential sustainable project : Charles Sturt University's Thurgoona Campus. It's a brilliant set of buildings that you should go see if you haven't seen it yet.

We are particularly proud because Marci Webster-Mannison, the chief architect of this terrific project, has been part of Melbourne Design Studios (MDS) for the past few years, heading MDS QLD & NSW. So if you have any questions, fire away - I'm sure Marci will be happy to answer them !More details on Architecture & Design

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