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Architectural gem merges Griffin’s vision with Wright’s genius in Melbourne

An architectural marvel that has drawn inspiration from both Walter Burley Griffin and Frank Lloyd Wright, is on the market for the first time.

The home at 6 The Outlook is in Heathmont, a leafy suburb in Melbourne’s east, and Woodards selling agent Julian Badenach said the chance to buy the property, with a price guide of $1.15 million to $1.25 million, was a rare opportunity. 

“Recognised as one of the most remarkable specimens of the post WW2 Wrightian style architecture in Melbourne, the property has been in the one family since its inception and now offered for sale for the first time.”

“This is a unique opportunity to own an architectural icon and live on a picturesque property.” 

‘The Outlook’ started its life in 1958, originally conceived as a home for the architect’s ageing parents who desired a Walter Burley Griffin inspired, low-maintenance home for their retirement.

Initially, it was a one-room minimalist mid-century pavilion style home, perched on a block of about 1250sq m.

6 The Outlook was inspired by both Walter Burley Griffin and Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo: Woodards.

In the early 1970s, the architect, David Caldwell, introduced a second building, seamlessly integrated with the original through an open bridge. 

Mirroring Frank Lloyd Wright’s influential style, this extension features a cantilevered balcony that hovers over an inground swimming pool, enveloped by the serene sounds and sights of its native bushland. 

Both structures boast exquisite hand-crafted woodwork and a unique architectural flair, maintained in pristine and original condition.

6 The Outlook was inspired by both Walter Burley Griffin and Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo: Woodards.

The home is also situated in a coveted area known for its natural, bush-like environment. 

“It’s a special combination where you’re 30 minutes away from Melbourne CBD, yet you’re in this beautiful natural bush,” Mr Badenach said.

“You really feel that you’re away from it all and that’s just the setting. 

“You’ve also got the architectural merit, which is strong on so many levels.”

The original building, completed between 1958 and 1959, features a diamond-shaped plan with a distinctive angled veranda and carport, all finished in Karri hardwood. 

Its minimalist design, characterised by a polygonal core and a low-pitched roof, comprises an expansive open-plan area that includes living, dining, and study spaces, alongside a kitchen with laundry facilities. 

The home’s unique wide brick chimney serves as a focal point, while floor-to-ceiling windows ensure a year-round influx of natural light.

An enclosed bridge connects to the second building, which mirrors the angular form of its predecessor and incorporates Japanese influences. 

Spread over two levels, it includes two spacious bedrooms, each with direct access to an impressive cantilevered balcony—ideal for enjoying the local birdlife and natural greenery. 

6 The Outlook was inspired by both Walter Burley Griffin and Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo: Woodards.

Below, a 2m plunge pool (currently unused) adds charm to the property. 

The lower level hosts a vast living area, complete with a built-in wet bar and study space, unified by slate flooring and a feature pond, alongside an additional bathroom. 

This architectural gem represents a rare opportunity to acquire a piece of Melbourne’s post-war architectural heritage.

The property is being sold via a deadline private sale, closing at 5pm on Tuesday, March 26, unless sold prior.

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Kylie Dulhunty

Kylie Dulhunty is the Editor at Elite Agent.