The owners’ original brief to architect Glen Chamberlain was to recreate a ‘concrete bunker’ - not exactly a form you’d expect to sit well with the residents and planning authorities of this conservative, bayside neighbourhood.

The Challenge

In many ways, the Light Vault House is a challenging piece of architecture. It sits on an exposed street corner in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton, its simple, brutalist form in stark contrast to the surrounding architecture.

And yet the real challenge for Chamberlain and his team was not so much the exterior, but what goes on inside – how to introduce light, how to create a natural flow and transition, and - most importantly – how to ensure function didn’t lose out to form.

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