Our purpose is to imagine, design, and create desirable spaces that we see ourselves living in and would be proud to call home.

Henry Nguo, Principal - XEN | Architecture




We implement careful attention to detail toward restoring your home to its former character while maximising its potential on your land for extensions and additions to suit ever-changing lifestyle needs.


From luxury to affordable apartments, we design to challenging briefs, respond to site constraints, and embrace the opportunities that are presented. Each apartment project is unique and assumes its own identity.



Our specialty is in creating multiple units. Our passion is not only exploring the potential of land but redefining the suburban landscape with housing that is efficiently laid out and aesthetically superior.

Spacious and Affordable Family Homes


Unassumingly nestled along a busy main road by their harmonious vernacular is this pair of comfortable and carefully composed homes. What began as a canvas for exploring ideas for the owner quickly became a labor of love with meticulous attention to detail and a discerning selection of colours, finishes and materials which saw these houses take on a life of their own.

On completion, the builder was astounded by the amount of living and practicality each home possessed within the limited confines of space that each subdivided land provided - a clear result of careful planning and utilization of every square inch of space available.



Homage to a Modern Classic


The existing house is a Sir Roy Grounds original which was left largely intact. The architect, of NGV fame, was at the forefront of the modernist movement in the 1950's and partnered with Frederick Romberg and Robin Boyd during his longstanding career.

The improvements to the home included a new feature pond, a new forecourt and garage, a new front wall and refurbishment of the expansive rear yard which showcased a period Japanese influence. New flooring throughout complemented the refurbished kitchen which boasts handmade glazed porcelain tiles from Spain and Calcutta marble bench tops.



A Predecessor for Multi Unit Typologies


This project was conceived to challenge the status quo in traditional townhouse living. The intent was to re-think the way conventional townhouse living could be realised on standard residential allotments while achieving affordability, quality, sustainability and market imperatives.

The dwellings were essentially attached terraces with two facing the street and the other three aligned in a row behind – all over a common underground basement car park.



Redefining Suburban Apartment Living 


Our experience encompasses multi-level apartment design. From previous practice, our involvement in the Paragon project included concept design, design development, contract negotiations and tendering, and some development management.

In response to a challenging brief, coordination of numerous consultants and a complex planning process, 80 apartments over 5 levels - with 2 levels of underground parking - were ultimately realised. Complete with a ground level cafe and convenience retail, the landmark building now takes pride of place in the heart of the Blackburn Railway precinct. 


Envigorated New Lease for a Weary Spirit


Despite our tireless efforts to preserve the former Royal Park Hotel, the weakening of the building's structure over time proved too much for it to be retained.

In its place, the proposal is for a contemporary interpretation of similar scale that would bind the neighbourhood together with its active uses of street level retail and a sub-ground tea house restaurant. The upper levels are to house a collection of twelve apartments - all featuring a northern aspect orientation, natural daylight access and cross flow ventilation.



Curated for Modern Living


The Francesca Residences, in extensive collaboration with One Design Office, were designed with prestige and comfort as part of the brief. Embodied within the contemporary design is a highly considered layout accompanied by a striking façade reflecting the latest in durable materials.

These four bedroom homes offer generous proportions, lush landscaping design, double lockup garage and centrally ducted refrigerated cooling and gas heating, while positioned in an ideal location with picturesque surrounds and nearby lifestyle conveniences.


Composition of Tailored Living Spaces


Elm Grove was originally conceived in response to a strict developers' budget and the requirement for quality, affordable living in a highly sought after locale. The result of a comprehensive planning process were three generously sized town homes with efficient layouts that maximised the use of the available land area. 

The ground floors offer expansive family rooms with adjoining kitchen and dining, all opening out onto private courtyards. Also considered in the design is a downstairs master bedroom with ensuite. Upstairs comprise of an additional three bedrooms that include plush carpeting, while oak timber floorboards are featured throughout.