Hood House / Mihaly Slocombe

Hood House / Mihaly Slocombe

Project Name: Hood House
Architecture: Mihaly Slocombe
Design Team: Warwick Mihaly, Erica Slocombe, Sinéad Lim, Jake Taylor, Job Gabriels, Amiee Groundwater
Structural Engineer: Structure Studio
Builders: Builders of Architecture
Stylist: Bea and Co Style
Location: Carlton North, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Area: 205 m²
Year: 2021
Photo Credits: Tatjana Plitt

Hood House is a playful protector that respects the heritage character of Carlton North whilst celebrating purposeful change. It is a luxurious yet compact and hyper-functional home defined by an exploration of contrast: it is ornamental and restrained, subdued and lively, stately and casual, compartmental and open.

Hood House / Mihaly Slocombe

For us, it is also a project with an unusual history. This dual-natured renovation evolved through the ownership of two separate clients. Originally intended to accommodate the needs of a young family of four, we shifted gears at the eleventh hour and adapted a thoroughly resolved design solution to the needs of only two. From a young, nuclear family to a blended adult one, our design solution was put to a test of flexibility.

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The result is a subtle renovation almost invisible from the street yet dramatic in its expressive qualities. An oblique view from the northwest reveals the playful zigzag of the new roof, the rippling metal hood. This is a form-making exercise that connects old to new as well as establishing spatial drama in what might otherwise have been utilitarian rooms upstairs. A simple palette of Australian hardwood timbers and white surfaces are complimented by tactile splashes of brass and rich moments of colour that reveal themselves from behind closed doors.


Our internal joke is that Hood House is like Lazarus, risen from the ashes. We’re grateful that almost six years of hard work have culminated in this beautiful, protective and playful house, and so pleased that Glenda and Alistair get to call it home.


Hood House / Mihaly Slocombe







Hood House / Mihaly Slocombe

Hood House / Mihaly Slocombe

Hood House / Mihaly Slocombe

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