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Project / Completed 2022

Timber Lantern House by McMahon and Nerlich

/ By McMahon and Nerlich
Greg Coulter Builder

The Space

The Timber Lantern House is an impressive compilation of blonde GoodWood Victorian ash, integrated across a host of applications.


“Coming together as a series of handcrafted and complementary parts, Timber Lantern House celebrates an engagement with light, space and warm hues”

Residing in Brunswick, the Timber Lantern House is the result of considerate materiality and an open use of space. The extensive restoration to this 1920s Californian bungalow created a calming retreat for its inhabitants. Using floor to ceiling windows to envelope the rear of the residence, natural light highlights the impressive composition of blonde GoodWood Victorian ash.

Conceptulised by the innovative architects at McMahon and Nerlich, the Timber Lantern House is a reflection of their expertise in residential design and design-led focus on sustainability and process.

The “Lantern” was visualised through a double-height glazed dinning room and grid-like structure. The combination of warmth, light and openness established the connection between old and new, light and dark. Making timber the hero, complimenting materials include white marble, concrete floors, black matte hardware and minimal greenery.

A massive advantage to using a timber like GoodWood is being able to use it across multiple applications like McMahon and Nerlich have done here. GoodWood Victorian ash and Tasmanian Oak is available in a range of profiles for staircases, joinery and furniture, kitchen cabinetry and veneers, flooring, windows and doors, lining and external cladding. Allowing designers a cohesive and consistent flow of timber throughout one space. Learn more about GoodWood here.

McMahon and Nerlich

“For Timber-Lantern House, where the warmth and beauty of timber is a key design feature, GoodWood was selected because it was the only timber product that had the versatility, technical requirements, product range and aesthetics that we needed for a unifying effect, and for us the selection of an Australian timber species was also a key factor”

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