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  • First impressions count

    Making a great first impression can be tricky. What do I wear? How do I smell? Am I interesting? So when Mayes Office was approached for this complete renovation a big part of the design resolution was focused towards this and it shows! The entry creates a memorable experience, orientating us towards the rest of the house in a concise...
  • Life inside a barn

    Sadly, we live in a world where it is easier and too acceptable to demolish the past and move on to the new so I find exciting to see more clients and architects looking to preserve and invent the past.  A 150-year-old barn located in Austria that was no longer in use (was about to be demolished) but in this...
  • The Art of Living

    I remember walking around art galleries when I was young (and even still today!) thinking how amazing it would be to live in one – the scale, the space, the art! This house, located north of Tel Aviv, Israel and completed by Israeli firm Studio de Lange, comes close to my residential art gallery dream. As with many contemporary art...
  • in the VAULT – Kew

    Moving House is a new residence in Kew, Victoria. The external white aluminum screen forms a singular mass in the outline of a suburban gable roof, subtly referencing the immediate neighbours in both form and colour, while the internal space is defined by the 3 in-situ concrete vaults. Designed by Architects EAT, the external screen holds in suspension the visitors’...
  • Darlinghurst warehouse

    A long, narrow site in the heart of Darlinghurst, NSW, previously a commercial garage and bounded by terrace houses on all sides, called for intelligent planning to maximise sun penetration and flexible living. Designed by Sam Crawford architects, heritage constraints required the street-front room to retain its existing ceiling height, and the façade was similarly protected, concealing from the street...
  • Intoxicating mix

    I have been fortunate enough to visit London a couple times and every time is more inspiring that the last. Spending days in galleries and design museums is such a decadent pleasure for me. What I love most about London is walking the streets, particularly the more affluent suburbs, peering through terrace front windows in the hope of glimpsing “the...
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