The Hello House is a two-bedroom Victorian-era home and creative studio (and former shop) in Richmond, Melbourne, Australia, designed by OOF! Architecture. Most noticeably, the home features a large, white-brick wall featuring the word ‘HELLO’, that offers a conversation with the neighbouring buildings and its residents.
A skin of brick is all it takes to keep a secret and two worlds exist happily side by side with a public face that cheerfully greets the street while giving nothing away about the world behind. Inside, the house adjusts to the needs and moods of its residents – a cosy retreat in winter or an airy pavilion in summer – all secret from the outside world.
Rather than blending in or blanding out of its heritage-ous neighbourhood, Hello House is a slightly loud but friendly new face in the street.
Architect: Fooi-Ling Khoo
Planning + Heritage: David Brand
Collaborating Artist: Rose Nolan
Engineer: A M Daly Structural & Civil Engineers
Building Surveyor: Anthony Middling & Associates
Builder: Anthony Adams | Complete Builders Insight
Bricklayer: R & K Fuchshofer
Joiner: M & J Cabinets
Electrician: Linked Electrical Services
Painter: All Shades Painting
Photography by Nic Granleese