architecture

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 case it was torn down...

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 spaces, the materials...

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’ first...

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 the drama...

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 good room” beyond. I can...

little river house

DD16 is a prototype of a modular compact house that was made for installation in remote places and extreme conditions. The house consists of 2 modules that are made in a factory. Designed by BIO Architects, the prototype was designed and made where the weight of every detail is taken into account so it can be enjoyed in very harsh conditions. All the...

Mood and Magic in Seattle

I love it when I come across a project that isn’t presented in a bright, shiny, sunny setting. The images for this project, located in suburban Seattle and completed by mw|works architecture + design are moody, have atmosphere and characterise the type of weather the Pacific North West of America is known for. The brief for this project centred around client who had...

The Canal House

I love a modern reinvention and the Canal House by The Ranch Mine hits all the right spots! Initially built by native dwellers 2000 years ago and rebuilt for modern society over a century ago are 181 miles of canals that bring water to the desert city of Phoenix Arizona. These canals often go unnoticed, as the city has largely turned their...