Pholiota Unlocked

When: Fri 7 Oct – Sun 23 Oct
Where: Melbourne School of Design, Dulux Gallery (Ground Floor)
How much: Free
More info: Melbourne Festival website

Having moved to Australia in 1914, prolific American architects Walter Burley Griffen and Marion Mahony produced more than 250 designs during their 20-year stay. While they created designs for entire towns, suburban estates, civic buildings, cinemas and more, the couple’s Eaglemont home, ‘Pholiota’, remains one of their most prized creations.

Melbourne School Design‘s Master of Architecture students have created a full-scale reconstruction of the original home, often described as a leading example of minimalist residential living. Led by Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Chair of Architecture Phillip Goad, the project will be housed at MSD’s Dulux Gallery, with participants able to experience the compact 43sqm layout. Also on display will be 13 additional designs by students who have reimagined Pholiota into various modern interpretations.

The ‘New Pholiota’ exhibit will also provide an immersive virtual reality of the home’s interior. The interactive display has been created by Travis Cox of Melbourne University’s SocialNUI research centre and Master of Architecture student Mengyan Wang. The system will allow participants to walk the entirety of the house, while experiencing a contemporary three-dimensional Pholiota that incorporates an updated floor plan designed by Wang.

Original image: Exterior view of ‘Pholiota’, the Griffins’ own house, 23 Glenard Drive, Heidelberg, Victoria. Griffin, Walter Burley, 1876-1937, Griffin, Marion Mahony, 1871-1961 Photograph date: between 1925 and 1930. Eric Milton Nicholls Collection. National Library of Australia. (Via Melbourne Festival.)