architecture

white washed

The design of the Carmen House by Carles Faus Architects is led by focusing on the style of traditional Ibizan country houses, simple clear lines, controlled light and white in colour. Located in Dénia, Spain, upon entering, the Carmen house you are greeted by a large opening overlooking the pool, towards the Dénia castle in the distance. This large opening,...

Alpine style – Italy

Located in the UNESCO heritage-protected village of Castelrotto, in the heart of the Dolomites, Italy, the Hotel Schgaguler has reopened its doors after a full refurbishment lead by Milan-based Peter Pichler Architecture. The small village of Castelrotto in Alto Adige / North Italy is known for his folkloric culture and the relationship with its nature and surrounding mountains. A simple and timeless architectural design is...

Brisbane Queenslander

The original pre-1946 Queenslander house located in Brisbane, Australia, that occupied the site had previously been used as a boarding house. It had been raised and all verandahs were enclosed. The living spaces were internalised and segregated and there was little connection between outside and inside. The renovation works sought to bring light, tactility and connectivity to an otherwise dreary and rundown house. Re- imagined by...

enhanced past – Brighton

Located bay-side Brighton, Melbourne, the brief was to transform this brick Victorian home, situated on a main road, into a tranquil family residence capable of accommodating the lifestyle of the family for many years to come. The features of the original home were to be retained wherever possible, however the challenge was to introduce an abundance of natural light, and create a more livable environment...

industrial Fitzroy

Built in 1920, the brick building at 153 George Street located in Fitzroy, Melbourne is a modest, one-storey structure that used to house the Federal Trolley and Truck Company, a manufacturing facility for axles and undercarriages for the city’s trams. Recently renovated into a family residence Hong Kong and Melbourne-based architectural studio HOLA PROJECTS they have managed to transform the factory into...

East Hampton interplay

East Lake House has an intrinsic connection to, nature defines which defines this Montauk holiday house, East Hampton, New York. The owners purchased two adjacent lots that were sold as one and instead of building one oversized house, RYA created two separate buildings, a main house and a guest house/garage on the property, leaving space in the middle, creating an unobtrusive scale...

St Andrews Beach Brewery – Victoria

Set on a sprawling 38-hectare property in the beautiful Mornington Peninsula just around the corner from my home, is one of my favourite local meeting spots, St Andrews Beach Brewery which was transformed by Melbourne design firm Ewert Leaf from a historic former horse training facility to a multi-faceted hospitality space, serving as both a community hub and culinary destination. The clients,...

Focal Point – Canada

Perched on a mountain in the Eastern Townships, Canada, the Crowhill cabin is based on its timelessness and minimalism concept. By its angular shape, the project aims to underline the beauty of the surrounding landscape. The project takes advantage of the rocky cape to anchor its raw concrete foundations, on which rest two pavilions advancing towards the treetops. Designed by Nature Humaine, the...

a compact addition – Melbourne

Tetris Extension in Melbourne's inner north-west is a compact addition completed in early this year. The clients, a young couple with two small children, had outgrown their neat Californian bungalow and needed more room to move. Crosshatch was engaged to create a sympathetic yet efficient rear extension to meet the family’s needs, while still retaining the much-loved character of the original two-bedroom...

Pure harmony

Located on the west of Mexico, SJA III in San Juan de Alima, is carved into the rocky hillside to create a home and a remarkable pool with views of the Pacific Ocean. Designed by Casas De Mexico, the home has been designed to work with the natural landscape instead of against it. With this idyllic scenario, imposing the house upon the...