architecture

Argentian Casa by Estudio BaBO

Having been formed in 2007 and with a team deriving from Buenos Aires, Barcelona and Oslo, Estudio BaBO have become known for the intellectual approach to their designs. One of their recent projects reveals this approach in a graceful family home in Buenos Aires. The house, reminiscent of a mid-century Bauhaus design is unwavering in neither its imposing lineal form nor its use of white-on-white....

Point Piper house + Birchgrove house by Pearse Architects

Point Piper house by Pearse Architects was redesigned to suit a couple, their dog, paintings and furniture.The design aimed to improve the relationship of the living areas to the picturesque view and make sense of an oddly shaped house that had five floor levels. The internal stairs were redesigned taking on a fluid organic form which for me is the hero of the project, the...

The flipped house

The "flipped house" by Sydney design studio MCK Architects is a 1960’s house hat has been replaced and reflected by a contemporary version of it's former self, with a focus that now engages as much on the surrounding garden as it does the panoramic CBD view. The original plan and massing were adapted and literally ‘flipped’ with garden elements to create a more expansive connection...

Tepoztlán Lounge by Cadaval & Solà-Morales

Tepoztlan is a small town in the south of Mexico City a creative hub for artists of all walks of life. The Tepoztlán Lounge by Cadaval & Solà-Morales is the first of series of buildings to serve as rental retreats, which can be rented daily, monthly or annually.  Surrounded by a lush setting of lawn and forest, the building promotes the connection between the occupants...

2 Tribes

This classic Sydney beach-side apartment by Tribe Studio has been redesigned to capture its incredible view north over Bronte Beach. The plan has been fully reconfigured to create a two bedroom, two bathroom flat with a generous living space and study. The materials palette takes its cues from the beach setting with a concrete floor and oak joinery simple and incredibly effective nailing urban coastal...

The tree house by Susi Leeton

Tree House by Susi Leeton is a celebration of all things natural richly textured timber surfaces line much of the house's internal spaces, contrasting beautifully with the contemporary furniture whist an old peppercorn tree that sits on the properties edge is framed by glass sliding doors. A highly practical approach to storage and joinery, including places to hide objects of life to reduce the necessary...

Australian backyard reno

Iredale Pedersen Hook is a progressive, young architecture practice with studios in Perth and Melbourne and a rapidly expanding diverse body of work throughout Australia.  This residential project is play on the Australian backyard reno. Extended from a 1930’s brick bungalow redesigning the original traditional architectural language adapting the old style to way people live today. The roof form mimics the Bullnose used to cover the...

the Canyon Barn

Located in the eastern foothills of the Canadian cascades, this renovation converted a turn of the century working barn into a three-bedroom retreat from the city. The building was restored with the intention of creating a comfortable home while retaining much of its original form, character and history. Siding, panelling, flooring, even fixtures and doors were sourced from either the original building or salvage yards....

sunny side up…. fresh, relaxed and contemporary

The "Sunny Side Up" house located on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula designed by iconic Melbourne studio Nexus Designs was inspired by the clients childhood summers at this Bellarine Peninsula spot. Her brief was to design a quintessentially Nexus house with room for everyone. It was to be a welcoming barefoot beach house, a distinct change from her inner city house. Nexus kept the exterior of the...

Relationships of old and new …

The heritage restrictions on this heritage listed Federation home forced careful consideration of the redesign of the rear facade and its appearance from the street. The large-scale renovation by the talented studio of Iredale Pedersen Hook is brave and bold with clear defined spaces of past and new. The demure facade gives very little away about the dynamic space within. Employing materials of copper, waxed...