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We have just been notified that we were named exactly that, the "Best Sustainable High-End Architecture Practice" in the 2021 Apac Business Awards.

Conference / Presentation, News

Watch this little 8-min video on the Sustainability Features of our Hutt 01 Passivhaus, featuring Peter Maddison from Grand designs Australia and the MDS directors, that we put together for renew's Sustainable House Day this year (16-17/10/2021).

There are some great sessions on for SHD, starting with one on passive houses today, and tomrorow you can ask MDS director Marc Bernstein as one of the panel speakers your questions from 10 am.


Career Opportunities !

Are you hands-on, and passionate about sustainable design ? Would love to be part of a great team, while being responsible for creating beautiful,

contemporary architecture? And feel that all stages from initial sketches to documentation are part of the design process?

Then you could be a great fit.
Have a closer look here !


Take the next step towards your own sustainable home !

Great image in the latest Sanctuary magazine : We are 'poster-girls' for this year's Sustainable House Day :-) in front of our Hutt 01 Passive House in Coburg.

Sustainable House Day is a great opportunity for everyone to virtually tour and learn about some of Australia’s most inspiring green homes, including expert talks and webinars focused on retrofitting, building materials, sustainable design and climate resilience. Highly recommended !

Book / Publication

Explore a colorful Australian eco home that feels like part of the landscape... Modern Living on the Living Etc - Modern Home Design and Style publication.

This is an interesting take on our Northcote Slate House, including some new imagery. Have a read here .

Book / Publication

“She only comes out at night”: American icon Marilyn Monroe brings plenty of glamour and class to this edgy city pad. Read about Richmond’s Marilyn Monroe house , which is up for sale at the moment, in today's Herald Sun.

The house is one of a boutique series of luxury urban residences in the inner Melbourne suburb of Richmond, designed by Melbourne Design Studios (MDS).

Book / Publication

Grand Designs Australia with Peter Maddison : Interviewing MDS directors Felicity & Marc

Hear Felicity and Marc talk about their experience during the filming and construction of the Hutt 01 Passive House, which is also their private home.


"This is an emotional journey you'll never forget", says Starchitect and Grand Designs Australia Host Peter Maddison.

You now have the opportunity to follow it live, when Grand Designs Australia are telling the story of Melbourne Design Studios founders Felicity and Marc tomorrow night, starting with how we designed their beautiful and super sustainable passive house, showing their life in a campervan with three little munchkins, to the devastating fire and more. This is definitely one not to miss !

The house is designed to passive house standards, with natural and healthy materials throughout - and it's a story that is almost unbelievable.

Have a look at the trailer here , just released last night, and don't miss the full story, this Wednesday night at 8.30pm AEST on Foxtel's Lifestyle Channel (... and yes, there are free trial subscriptions available on that website so you can watch it out even without having Foxtel!) . Make sure you don't miss out !

Book / Publication

Just spotted on page 11 of the latest Green Magazine : Our pallet shoe store for Yodgee Footwear, title 'Upcycled'. You can find a pdf copy here.


A private message from MDS directors Felicity and Marc :

"With the finishing line of our house-building journey finally in sight, we just wanted to say a huge heartfelt Thank You. It’s been a long and a tough journey - you will be able to


see some of it on TV soon, as our episode airs on Grand Designs Australia on 19/05/2021 - and we are very very happy to have made it ... Read more

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