The water ebbs and flows along Brighton’s foreshore, with the tide continually changing. Likewise, the architecture in Brighton is rarely static. Although this beachside suburb has changed over the decades, fortunately some of the architectural gems have survived.

1. Dr. Ernest Fooks

Location: Dudley Street, Brighton

Designed in 1963 by Dr. Ernest Fooks is this two-storey home on the ‘Golden Mile’. Created around a number of courtyard gardens, including one with a swimming pool, the design includes feature rock walls both inside and out that gives this abode a distinctly LA feel. Built-in joinery along with parquetry timber floors are also a feature of this finely crafted home.

2. Nicholas Bochsler

Location: 6A Arthur Street, Brighton

This four-bedroom house, designed by Nic Bochsler, is spread over three levels and includes a variety of ceiling heights, building to a crescendo over the living areas. Seamless indoor and outdoor spaces, many of which are edged with water features, including a lap pool, create an ethereal ambience. The top floor is given over to the adults with a palatial bedroom, a substantial dressing area and ensuite together with a north-facing living area or study. This home also features an impressive forecourt, a double-height space framed by timber battens that act as a privacy ‘veil’ to the street.

3. A set for ‘Madmen’

Location: 56A Dendy Street, Brighton

This classic 1960s modernist home would be the perfect backdrop for the cast of the memorable television series ‘Madmen’. Spread over a number of levels, with undercover parking at the front and a raised manicured lawn to the rear, this home is an icon of the period. Complete with built-in crafted furniture and balustrades by Dario Zoureff, there’s a sense of the past while celebrating the present (the house was recently restored and updated). And as with many homes designed in this period, there are fluid and open plan entertaining areas.

4. A mid-1960s gem

Location: 51 Lynch Cresent, Brighton

With its elevated front garden and Mondrian-style windows, this classic mid-1960s home still slows passing traffic even though it’s on the curve of the street. Undercroft parking, combined with a blade stone wall framing the front glass door, create a sense of arrival. The home’s distinctive pearlescent tiles also create a presence to the street. And as expected with modernist homes of this time, there are generous open plan entertaining spaces fitted with bespoke joinery from master craftsmen of the day.

5. BG Architecture

Location: Brighton Beach

This recently completed contemporary home has a distinctly 1930s feel. Not surprising, given a portion of the home’s front façade, originally designed in the ‘30s, was retained by BG Architecture. There are numerous design cues from this period, including floor-to-ceiling glass windows, curved handrails and curvaceous walls throughout. Even the bathrooms have a 1930s touch, with pearlescent glass mosaic tiles, complete with a built-in tiled seat reminiscent of this glamorous period. Spectacular views of the Port Phillip Bay as well as the city, have raised this home several notches, making it an architectural gem in this highly coveted suburb.

Text by Stephen Crafti
Images courtesy of BG Architecture

Images courtesy of BG Architecture

Images courtesy of BG Architecture

Images courtesy of BG Architecture

Images courtesy of BG Architecture

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