architecture

an abandoned stable in Spain

Located in Extremadura Spain, an abandoned stable has been transformed by award winning design practice and developer Abaton based in Madrid. The picturesque house situated in a remote off the grid location is fully self sufficient which is something that Abaton incorporate into all their projects where possible. The converted stables employ the use of solar panels which store energy onto batteries for the cooler...

a shipyard no longer

Built on top of a concrete crane-way on a former Amsterdam shipyard in the 1950's the challenge for OTC design practice was to maximize floor space without making major changes to original concrete structure working within the concrete platforms load bearing capabilities. To minamize the weight an engineered slimline floor was used reducing the building weight by half allowing the build to evolve from the...

Iconic Kaufmann Desert House by Richard Neutra -1947 is FOR SALE

Thirty years after completion, architectural historians David Gebhard and Robert Winter proclaimed Kaufmann Residence by Richard Neutra in Palm Springs, California, 'As impressive today as when built'. Now, thirty years later, their claim still stands strong. Recognized by the Whitney Museum of Art as one of the key residential structures of the 20th century, the Kaufmann Desert House sold earlier this year for sold for...

Perched high on Aegina Island…… Greece

Perched high on Aegina Island overlooking the bay and clusters of islands this private residence designed by Helen Sfakianaki drinks in the bay and mountain views whilst delivering a modernist approach to classic white and blue island homes found within the Greek Islands. The simple concrete form sunken into the plot discretely houses a lower level minimizing the volume of the build. The fold away...

did someone say Mexican?

Mexican design studio r-z studio has just completed it's latest project looking out over the valley of Jiutepec de Morelos, Mexico. Designed and built as to serve as a holiday home with a view to become a permanent home for the owners in their later years r-zero opted for a single story floor plan complete with discrete ramps and stairs at the entry points. The low...

Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects NZ

Although Kuaotunu house is not CCCA's latest project however it is one of my favorites from their impressive body of work.The intention was to renovate an existing holiday home for a family on a dramatic site in Kuaotunu. The home had served the family well for many years and was full of family memories. The holiday experience is reinforced by the separate pavilions being disconnected...

Gordons Bay house NSW

Set on the hillside overlooking the bay, the design consists of three levels. The first floor produces a series of roof terraces and cantilevered overhangs that expose and cover the spaces above and below. This ensures that the project does not step on neighbour’s toes, without compromising the quality of the house. Built to last, the house uses off-form concrete slabs and edge beams allowing...

unfinished symphony by Greg Natale

A rare insight into one of Australia's most celebrated iconic designers Greg Natale opens the doors and invites us in to see his latest work in progress. Once a 1940's duplex in Sydney's prized eastern suburbs with a residence on each floor the house was totally stripped + gutted transitioning into a grand single dwelling. The client brief was to inject a French flavour underpinned by...

Marcio Kogan Brazil

Multi award winning designer Marcio Kogan is of one of the most celebrated architects in Brazil, born in São Paulo and graduated in architecture and urbanism his body of work displays perfect balance, harmony and scale. His buildings and interiors echo his signature simplistic style  however the level of detail tells another story. Here is a peak at some of my favorite projects by Marcio...

a room with a view

Located on picturesque Scotland Island north of Sydney sits this stunning little boathouse complete with a rap around boardwalk providing a place to watch the day pass whilst listening to the sounds of the of the Hawksbury river lapping at the pier. Heather Buttrose Associates have given an old boathouse a new life by creating a place to lounge, dine, cook, sunbathe and swim. The...