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We are a boutique studio led by yin/yang couple Anna and Phil, with over 20 years experience creating bespoke homes shaped around our clients aspirations and a deep understanding of human behaviour.

We live and breathe design and love nothing more than hearing from families about the joy they get from their homes 1, 2, 10 years down the track. We bring a deep curiosity about your life, values, routines and rituals to the table, together with award-winning design skills, decades of experience and relationships with trusted builders, consultants and suppliers.

We will challenge your assumptions, explore many options and make sure you understand and are excited about how your family will live in these spaces, how they can adapt over time and how they can make your day, every day.

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“We absolutely love the outdoor environment that PRL designed for us. We found the team to be excellent listeners and valued the time and energy that they took to understand how our family would best use the space. They were collaborative with the builders and had open lines of dialogue with us throughout the entire process. We thoroughly enjoyed working with them.”

- Katie, owner 1972 Redux

“Philip Ward designed an extension for my home. He was thoughtful, respectful, insightful and reliable. His ability to guide us through the process was remarkable as was his final design. Fifteen years on people are still commenting on the beauty of the extension.”

- Helen



Public Realm Lab are facilitators of culture

Your home is a manifestation of your family’s culture, values, rituals, behaviours and we craft meaningful and authentic places to create memories. 

Public Realm Lab are investigators of human behaviour

We know humans - what makes us feel good, what helps us feel calm, what brings us together and how to create a sense of solitude. We don’t just design your home based on the number of rooms you need, we design around your day-to-day life. 

Public Realm Lab are agents of change

You’ve come to us because something’s got to give. A new family member, a new phase of life, a need for more light and space. We help you make that change. 

Public Realm Lab are traffickers of beauty

We’ll find a way to make every moment beautiful, on any budget because it is so important. 

Public Realm Lab are big communicators

Creating your new home will likely take years, a team of people and more money than you’ve ever spent on anything. We make sure you understand the whole journey, where we are now, what we will do next, where they key risks and issues lie and how we will manage them.

Public Realm Lab are collaborators (of yours!)

We need help to do what we do and that’s how we like it.

We work with craftspeople, landscape architects, artists, engineers, builders and our fabulous clients to create forever homes.

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We work for folks and families who want their home to be a joyous space shaped around how they live. We know house design and we tailor it to reflect your life. How you cook and entertain, how you parent now, how you will parent your teenagers, your stay-at-home university students.

We create clever, flexible, hard-working homes that are connected to the natural world, full of life and light.



Typical job cost is between $450,000 - $2 million. We love a good design challenge, from clever little renovations to new family homes and have a range of fee structures to suit your requirements and ensure that you understand the value we bring at each stage of your project.


Contact Us

T: +61 3 9397 2473