Architect Rob Mills lists Melbourne and Lorne homes

Architect Rob Mills lists Melbourne and Lorne homes
Joel RobinsonDecember 7, 2020

The award-winning Melbourne architect Rob Mills is selling off his city home and Lorne.

He's set to split his time between Melbourne and Sydney, where he's picked up many new clients of late.

Mills designed both of the homes, the city base in Armadale and weekender down at Lorne.

The Lorne weekender, dubbed Ocean House (above and below), is being marketed as one of Australia's finest beachside residences.

Architect Rob Mills lists Melbourne and Lorne homes

It was built as a place for family and friends to gather by the beach.

Mills bought the 1.3 hectare Trade Winds Avenue property and built the home on a prohibitively steep site, combining the solidity of a cylindrical concrete form with the lightness and transparency of a glass and timber linear space.

“The two personalities of the house work together as one," Mills says.

"The concrete section, which houses the bedrooms is very purposeful, sheltering the house from the storms and deadening sound, in contrast to the connections with nature in the living section".

The six bedroom property with rooftop entertaining deck was designed to function as two apartments, with two kitchens and a number of living areas.

It's been a $1,400 a night holiday rental.

“Ocean House is a spectacular property and we have had the pleasure of listing this on Airbnb for so many people to experience. With multiple zones in the home, it is perfect as a coastal escape, private residence or holiday rental. Nature and the land have been vital to the design and experience at Ocean House and I hope these can be enjoyed through the lens of the beautiful architecture on offer," Mills says.

Great Ocean Road Real Estate agents Ian Stewart and Tyrone Provan have a $3.65 million to $4 million guide.

He has Kay & Burton agent Ross Savas and Andrew Sahhar asking $8.8 million to $9.4 million for his thoroughly luxurious Armadale home (below) on the edge of Union Park.

“Designing and living in this residence has given me so many fond memories and I am sure its bold architectural statement will endure," Mills says.

"It’s exceptionally versatile and offers luxury and comfort for inner-city family living.”

Architect Rob Mills lists Melbourne and Lorne homes

The contemporary home, which Mills bought as a former cardboard factory, is now a five bedroom warehouse conversion, each bedroom with their own ensuite.

There's a lift connecting the three levels, which includes a self-contained two bedroom apartment. 

Architect Rob Mills lists Melbourne and Lorne homes

There's marble floors, a black and white veined curved Italian marble staircase, one of Mills signature styles, a brass kitchen and a timber-lined 'winter-room' with a fireplace.


Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson is a property journalist based in Sydney. Joel has been writing about the residential real estate market for the last five years, specializing in market trends and the economics and finance behind buying and selling real estate.

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