A Victorian house in Melbourne, Australia just got a rather congenial makeover, thanks to the local artist Rose Nolan, who created a white-painted brick façade that spells out the greeting "hello" in giant, capital letters. The one-story space, designed by the oddly named OOF! Architecture, was once used as a shop, but has now been converted into a creative studio and private residence. The rectangular building has glass walls on both sides, but only one street-facing window, nestled into the middle of the "O." Blending in was not the goal: the house "offers a conversation with the neighboring buildings and its residents," the architects write. The "Hello House" is evidently pretty popular: it just won a people's choice award.
Photo by Nic Granleese via Contemporist