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Project / Completed 2022

Iron House by Empire Interiors

/ By Empire Interiors and Sketch Building Design
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Empire Interiors and Sketch Building Design

The Space

A home that showcases the historical significance of its South Melbourne location and pays homage to the original structure through the use of robust materials like IronAsh cladding.


“The new home is a contemporary iteration of the former iron house, utilising hardwearing materials of brick, steel and IronAsh cladding”

Iron House is the home of Interior Designer, Nicole Chapman, Founder and Director of Empire Interiors. Joining forces with building design and interiors studio, Sketch Building Design, they created a home that showcases a simple and relaxed palette, adorned with cherished family heirlooms and subtle references to Nicole’s Gippsland upbringing.

Located on a 120m2 block in South Melbourne’s Emerald Hill precinct, the iconic site once housed one of Melbourne’s historical ‘Iron Houses’ built during the gold rush times. The new build draws inspiration from the original Iron House by incorporating elements like similar steel window shapes and the use of robust materials.

The home effortlessly combines durable materials like natural marble, double-glazed tinted windows, and sustainable timbers like IronAsh. Showcasing the perfect combination of functionality and style, there’s no doubt the home will stand the test of time in terms of structure, sustainability and design.

Welcoming inhabitants into the home is our IronAsh 105×19 shiplap cladding, used for entrance door and exterior. Made using H3 treated Victorian ash and Tasmanian Oak, IronAsh is popular for being blonde, durable and easily matched to GoodWood Victorian ash and Tasmanian Oak applications. For those after another hardwood alternative, also available is IronOak, our H3 treated American Oak by ASH that is blonde, crown-cut and equally as beautiful. Learn more about our cladding options here.


“We wanted to utilise a timeless material that reflected the soft oaky tones of the internals. This unique tone is surprisingly hard to find so once we discovered the IronAsh we were thrilled”

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