MARA Green High Performance Homes

MARA Spec Home - Pivot 150DPI 100mm x 260mm (Large)


Welcome to MARA Green High Performance Homes. MARA Green is a fixed price, healthy and sustainable home, based on an efficient, 8 Star rated, expandable design that can be adapted to any site.

MARA Green is designed, managed and run by the architects here at MARA Studio – and we’ll work with you through the whole process from start to finish. The MARA Green house is an adaptable pre-designed house – with built-in flexibility to expand and adjust to suit your requirements, without the usual up-front architectural fees.

Details »

Sedgwick shed house

sedgwick north harcourt house (2)

Set in the rolling granitic cherry and apple-strewn country of north harcourt and segwick, this house is a big barn, a shed with the roof and cathedral ceilings pulled upwards over a mezzanine area inside. Details »

Vincent Street House, Castlemaine


Vincent Street House, Castlemaine is an addition to a small home, we are designing a separate pavilion connected to the house via an entry/bridge.   Details »

Old Brick Kiln heritage house

Naomi and Doryan

A renovation and extension of this historical house that has its heritage as an old brick kiln.  We’ve been able to incorporate into the new parts of the house some fantastic relics from the days when the kiln was operational – like an old steel dolly and other rustic steel elements.  Details »

The Project Home

Metropolitan and Regional Architecture Studio is currently working with a builder in the volume housing market to establish a new show home “The Project Home” Details »

Townhouse community – green field urban architecture

C:UsersdexDocuments1210 sketch design review - 3D View - Sid

Our feasibility study for this town house development pointed us towards flexibile, high performance, delightful townhouse Details »

Pop-out Retail Stores X-Board


We were excited and intrigued when we were approached by Community Telco to design a prototype for their cardboard pop-out retail stores using Xanita X-Board.

Ideas began to evolve around the flexibility of the cardboard and our clients design intentions and brief; to be able to construct something economical, and really quickly. The act of constructing and putting together the prototype was reminiscent of being a child and playing with paper castles and makeshift canopies. Details »

BEGINNING BECOMING BUILDING; Deakin University REAL Lecture series

Tornado Damage Oklahoma

MARA Studio presents BEGINNING BECOMING BUILDING, a talk about what is sustainable architecture, as part of the Deakin University Architecture REAL lecture series, Geelong, 6pm Tuesday night, 30 June.

Triangle House

Michele House View 02 - Lighter (Large)



A residence for a client who requires the flexibility for this house to grow with her family, to be green architecture – rigorously environmentally responsible Details »

Bendigo Old Vineyard House

1220 Town Planning REV 1 Flat Front view 02 copy (Large)

This transformation of an existing Bendigo Old Vineyard House in Quarry Hill to a contemporary home is more than just a facelift: – the project enables us to push the design boundaries with an ambitious client.  The challenge was to create a personalized layout within the existing parameters and respecting the heritage overlay

Details »

Bendigo Architect Office

_DSC3103 (Large)

MARA Studio has recently opened its Bendigo architecture office at 46 Bath Lane, in the side of the gluten free bakery building.

Apart from creating a delightful and light space, we wanted a green architecture office.  Ours has been a chance for us to test some sustainable architecture processes; to look rigorously at the way in which we resource materials and products Details »

North Harcourt Farm House

IMG_2296 copy (Large)

The north harcourt farm house task is: to alter this farm house to make the most of the sweeping views of the granite outcrops and fertile valleys of north Harcourt; to find a way to utilise the deep veranda space; to bring light into the building; to expand the feeling of the interior without exceeding the bounds of the existing footprint; to project the outside in, and the inside out. The new work is the cheeky child - still safe, but outgrowing its place on its parents lap and wanting to know what’s out there

William Street House, Castlemaine


This internal renovation of a William Street House, Castlemaine became an exercise in being creative with circulation space – the solution to simply squash the circulation areas that were chewing up too much space Details »

Flora Hill Student Accommodation Courtyard House

A Student Accommodation Courtyard House house in Flora Hill, providing for 8 students the house embraces the practicalities of student lifestyles, and uses the vernacular of the courtyard house to provide light and an equitable, social, shared and contemplative space Details »

Noh House, Campbells Creek

Noh House, Campbells Creek is house for a childrens’ story book writer and a story-teller.  The new buildings are in a conversation with the existing sheds and old dairy Details »

Kitchen Renovation in Osborne St, Bendigo

_DSC7892 (Large)


A young couple approached us for the revamping of a 1980s brick veneer house that they have just purchased for their expanding family. The original layout is a compartmentalization of various rooms Details »

Raspberry Pi Case


The Raspberry Pi case has just launched via  The Raspberry Pi is a tiny (about credit card size) and inexpensive ($35) computer Details »

3D Printing Architecture

Rapid Prototyping

watch a video here

We have been utilising this 3D Printing Architecture technology of rapid prototyping machines to print 3D architectural models, a tool to Details »

New Freedom Bakery, Bendigo

We are the Architect for New Freedom Bakery, a fantastic new Gluten Free Bakery in Bendigo.  Terry is renowned for his gluten free mix Details »

Castlemaine House 01


A house in Castlemaine for an architect in our office, this small-footprint redevelopment has a focus on an efficient use of space and the introduction of north light  Details »

Castlemaine House 4

The rejuvenation of an existing bathroom was an opportunity to Details »

@MARAstudio on twitter


Apartment Development, High St Bendigo


This project is for an ambitious client who intends to test the market with a mix of high-end and smaller furnished apartments.  The building is designed to maximise the opportunity for multiple tenancies Details »

Coffee Table

Coffee Table Furniture created out of ply wood, an experiment in flat-screen TVs, low embodied energy and low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) production.

Castlemaine Eco Town Houses


A pair of houses on a subdivided block in Castlemaine.  The Mt Alexander Shire has been very supportive of higher density growth in areas with good proximity Details »