Ironbark House

Seeley Architects’ design of the Ironbark house evolved following an agreement that a number of poorly integrated additions to a 1970’s era house be removed and a new wing be added to the ‘stripped back’ remains.

This new wing was designed to accommodate the client’s growing, young family.

The concept for the new wing was multifaceted: drawing from the surrounding bush land as well as the character of the existing house.

The form of the addition references the roof pitch of the ’70’s house, albeit in a contemporary manner with two substantial cantilevers gesturing into the landscape.

The interior and exterior materials and finishes, reference the rugged beauty of the Ironbark trees with silver, grey – green foliage influencing the selections including linings, floor coverings, tiles and paint colours.

The deeply textured, rusty brown – black trunks of the Iron bark trees are reflected in the weathered steel that encase the walls and roof of the dynamic new wing.

Project Details

Completion Date – 2018
Building Levels – 2

Project Team


Seeley Architects

Based in the surf town of Torquay, Seeley Architects have developed a solid portfolio of buildings that will endure and be enhanced by time.

Structural Engineering

P.J. Yttrup & Associates

The practice was started by the founder, Peter Yttrup, in 1981. Since then, they’ve operated continuously in the Geelong and Surfcoast area, servicing clients’ needs for Structural, Civil and Geotechnical Engineering.


Spence Construction

Originally operating in the Colac Otway region, Spence Construction has experienced consistent growth and now delivers high quality commercial and residential projects throughout Melbourne and South Western Victoria.

Landscape Design

Robert Boyle Landscape Design

Robert has been designed hundreds of projects – from broad scale landscape planning, restoration and conservation for governments and industry, gardens for schools and institutions, memorial gardens in cemeteries, magnificent country landscapes, suburban gardens and walled city gardens.

He and his team strive to create something of beauty on every site.


Peter Hyatt

Peter Hyatt is a leading Australian photographer whose work has been extensively published internationally in magazines, books and project commissions over three decades.

He is also widely recognized for his journalism in architecture and design.

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