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red bricks from 1956 olympic village repurposed in ocean grove house

Written by The ReReport

51-55 Goandra Drive, Ocean Grove has just hit the market.

RED bricks from the 1956 Olympic Village have been repurposed into a luxury family home in Ocean Grove.
The recycled bricks form a wall that spans the entire length of a hallway and continues outside to define the entry at 51-55 Goandra Drive.
Bellarine Property, Barwon Heads agent Zoe Le Page said originally the brick wall was going to be rammed earth or timber but the vendors decided they wanted something a bit more warm and rustic.
“They looked all around Geelong for the perfect brick and ended up finding a place in Reservoir via Gumtree,” Ms Le Page said.
“They went there and picked that brick, they loved the graffiti on them and also the shape of the brick was a bit different, it has a slightly rounded edge.”

51-55 Goandra Drive, Ocean GroveOlympic rings are featured on the bricks.

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The bricks, that have the Olympic rings, the date (1956) and Glen Iris (as that is where they were manufactured) marked on them, would have come from the dwellings that were not retained after the Olympics.
The Village in Heidleberg West was designed as a series of 841 individual dwellings to house almost 5000 athletes and officials from 57 nations.
After the Olympics 600 of the houses were used for public housing.

51-55 Goandra Drive, Ocean GroveThe brick wall starts at the entry to the house and continues through.

The reclaimed brick wall is a highlight of the four-bedroom Ocean Grove house on 2499sq m of land in the Yellow Gums estate.
Organic building materials and intelligent eco-design harmonise with the natural environment surrounding the house.
The eastern wing of the house includes the main bedroom, retreat and guest bedroom.
The main bedroom has its own courtyard, walk-in wardrobe and hotel style ensuite with double shower and Velux skylight.

51-55 Goandra Drive, Ocean GroveThe vendors liked the graffiti on the bricks.

At the end of the brick wall that spans from the entry down the hallway is the open-plan kitchen, meals area and loungeroom.
The elevated kitchen has a fully equipped butler’s pantry while a second kitchen with barbecue is found in the covered outdoor entertainment area.
Two more bedrooms are found in the west wing along with a rumpus room.
Ms Le Page said the block next door that is covered in gum trees will not be built on as all the trees were protected.

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