The Gottlieb House, Wood Marsh, 1990-1994. Photo © Michael Wee
The Gottlieb House, designed and built between 1990 and 1994, provides no clues to its domestic use from the street. Inside, custom designed furnishings, light, form and sheer monumentality create a sense of the theatrical.

Roger Wood and Randal Marsh established their private practice, Wood Marsh Architecture, in 1983. Their residential, civic and commercial work has received numerous awards. The Gottlieb House was their first big budget domestic design. More than twenty years later, the commissioning owner, Joe Gottlieb, is still enthusiastic about the design of the house.

Just as you cannot judge a book by its cover, you clearly cannot judge a house by its façade. Industrial, forbidding and intriguing to the street it may be, but inside there is beauty, joy, art, connection to nature, to light and the changing seasons. It is a robust family space that takes entertaining in its stride.

Karen McCartney, 70/80/90 Iconic Australian Houses: three decades of domestic architecture

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