architecture

1938 clinker-brick home in Hampton

Rather than knocking down the original 1938 clinker-brick home located in Hampton which was one proposition floated by the client. The architects Kennedy Nolan architects dextrously reconfigured the flow and function of the old rooms and tied the whole project together with Victorian ash paneling, cupboards, beams and flooring of a grey-stained travertine . The project aim was to avoid the very common scenario of...

the Shoreham beach house

Strung in a row of three connected pavilions on lush rolling lawns, the Shoreham beach house by Alison Dodd Architects enjoys uninterrupted and extensive views of Westernport Bay. The pavilions exude a warm relaxed charm bathed in light filled with a mix of textured and smooth elements both inside and out. The property responds not only to its site, but to a family with older...

It takes 2 …. Paddington house

Oh, this house takes me back to my days living in "Paddinghust" on the boarder of Darlinghust and Paddington in Sydney's eastern suburbs. The streets lined with narrow terraces that belie little of what lies behind the facades. This project by Anthony Gill Architects involved combining 2 large terraces into a single family home. The project developed around a central void with the ground floor...

Jean- Louis Deniot A French Wonder

When I last wrote about Jean-Louis I used the word swoon to describe his work. Nothing has changed; I still swoon when I see his work, but this current project of his stirs different emotions, namely wonder. The project, in Paris, has elements that really shouldn’t work together, but do in a spectacular way. I cannot stop looking at the gold kitchen with marble floor...

Tokyo house

Tokyo based studio Hiroyuki Thinozaki Architects have taken open plan minimal living to a level we will never see in Australia. This beautiful box like structure serves as a residence and design workshop for a couple in the center of Tokyo. Encompassing open plan living spaces, living room, dining room, kitchen and bedrooms which are distinguished only by their furnishings. The utilities are well ......

Port Arthur Tasmania

This small pavilion is a prototype suite for a proposed resort at Port Arthur designed by Circa Morris Nunn architects which was built prior to the construction of the main project to evaluate the design ideas. The project aims were to create a resort that was highly sustainable and paid homage to the convicts that settled at  Port Arthur. The prototype pavilion is a translucent...

Amore…. Dimore Studio

This recent project by Milano firm Dimore Studio exudes all that I love about interiors. The design is strong and understated with an expert mix of forms and materials that allows the space to escape the doldrums of being typecast as belonging to a particular place or time. Set against a backdrop of soft textured grey walls with gentle vaulted ceilings, the colour palate of...

Summer house Sao Paulo

This summer house situated a few meters from the sea on the north coast of the state of Sao Paulo is known for its dense vegetation and humid climate. In response the the climate and location Andrade Morettin architects were inspired to create a large shelter a "shell" under which the living spaces would be located, giving protection from the harsh sun and intense rain without...

New Zealand forest chic

This little offering by New Zealand based studio Chris Tate, located in a forest near Auckland is literally hugged by mother nature. Framed by floor to ceiling glass walls the breathtaking forest is the undeniable hero. The house is not only sexy but is sensitive to the environment, elevated by poles the dwelling hovers above the vegetation having very little impact on the vegetation below....

Escaping the city …

Escaping from the city was the inspiration behind the this town house by architect Leo Romano in Goiania Brazil, aiming to create spaces with personality the house is like no other. Everything revolves around the huge wooden dining table, flanked by the kitchen joinery and living room. The design was built to enrich very-day living and promote family life. A green element is layered through...