MANNA is a thoughtful Melbourne based Architecture studio specialising in authentic residential and public design made for people to enjoy.

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation as the traditional custodians of the land on which we live, learn, work and build. We pay our respects to their culture, knowledge and Elders past, present and emerging.

Manna Gum

Magnificent Manna Gum.


Swimming pool pavilion designed to evoke a sense of simplicity and luxury at Emblem Benalla.


Blairgowrie house - a new intergenerational home to be shared amongst family.
The design navigates complex site levels and program.

Shadow play in Toorak.

Barrett Street (New) A

Poa grasses encompassing the roof and dancing in the wind. Best viewed from the first floor master bedroom. Photography: Ben Hosking


Caringal Flats

Kar Rama

Planning permit received and documentation has commenced for refurbishment of this classic 1960’s motel in Mildura.

Barrett Street (New) C

Cascading greenery envelopes the small yet integrated courtyard. Photography: Ben Hosking


Internal refurbishment of heritage listed Caringal Flats. The first floor apartment is elevated above street level and its outlook is nestled among surrounding tree canopies - like a tree house.
Photography: Hamish McIntosh

Barrett Street (New) G

Central Clubhouse facility, embedded within the landscape and surrounded by a protective verandah in Benalla.


An elevated protected Eastern courtyard with connection to the primary room.
Bronze external screens have been specified to provide privacy to the primary room, yet maintain views across the courtyard to the bay beyond.



Barrett Street (New) B

Vic ash glulam beams continue from internal to external, creating a continuous connection between the indoor living space and private courtyard. Photography: Ben Hosking


External timber cladding and surrounding eucalypts informing the interior palette and renovation in Elwood.

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Details of a recently completed master robe and en-suite. Victorian ash veneer warms the grey and blue tones used throughout the project.

Barrett Street (New) D

A nine metre skylight, straddles the boundary and provides evolving natural daylight into the dining and living room space. Photography: Ben Hosking


Warm yet moody tones on entry at Blairgowrie, inviting you in and framing views to Port Phillip Bay beyond.

Barrett Street

Naturally beautiful, this cedar lining in the study alcove absorbs noise and brings about a sense of warmth and privacy.

Barrett Street (New) E

A study nook and generous master suite occupies the south end of the block – sharing spaces with the rear garage. Photography: Ben Hosking


Stair balustrade and cedar cladding on the Peninsula.

Barrett Street (New) F

Master bedroom view, observing the courtyard below and ever changing green roof. Photography: Ben Hosking


Recreational pavilion at Emblem Benalla, articulated by a generous verandah and neutral internal palette.


We're awaiting planning approval for a new home in Mildura.
Courtyard entry design to provide diffuse light into the home and protect from shade. Dusty pink rammed earth walls provide critical thermal mass to control internal temperatures both in summer and winter.

Barrett Street

Wall sconce lapping up the morning sun at Albert Park.

St Vincent

Refurbishment to a significant Victorian home in Albert Park includes new steel framed doors to a lowered paved courtyard.

Light Fitting

Horizontal linear language of the Japanese paper pendant responding in harmony to the venetians beyond.


Skylight integrated along boundary wall in Elwood – washing the reclaimed brick wall with natural light. Looking forward to seeing this space occupied as dining area in the next few months.

Barrett Street

Large sliding doors along main hallway link, opening to courtyard in Albert Park – allocation for soft planting was a key consideration during construction.

St Vincent

New openings between living and kitchen increase sense of space and connection between well utilised family areas.


Ode to the venetian – such a heavy lifter when it comes to manipulating internal light quality.


A new four bedroom home in Thornbury capitalises on its corner site with a generous gantry and living room vistas onto established trees on nature strip.


A careful joiner, leveling following kitchen install in Windsor.

Barrett Street

An absolute pleasure to see Barrett Street, Albert Park occupied. Privileged to have worked with such trusting clients, alongside a highly skilled and patient carpenter.


Love of venetians continues through to Toorak.


Finalising a planning permit submission for this alterations and addition with heritage overlay in Balaclava.

Barrett Street

Albert Park extension is anchored around a private courtyard, we are patiently waiting for the soft landscaping to take over.

Formed by Gretel Stent, MANNA is a Melbourne based Architecture and Design studio that specialises in carefully considered residential and public architecture that aims to surprise and delight the clients we work with.

MANNA offers a range of design and delivery related services focused on the project brief outlined by you. Flexibility remains a key to the success of our studio and we work with you to ensure tailored services to best suit your project requirements. This might include the simple preparation of a concept plan following the inception of an idea, to full scope design, or somewhere in between.

Our full architectural services include: Feasibility, Concept Design, Design Development, Town Planning / Development Applications, Construction Documentation, Contractor Selection and Contract Administration.

For more information or to discuss a project please email, call 0401 072 392 and follow MANNA on Instagram.

Gretel Stent – M. Arch B.Arch ARBV