architecture

Island Life – self-sufficient house

Finnish designers Aleksi Hautamaki and Milla Selkimaki have built a self-sufficient summer house on the five-acre island they own (as you do) on the edge of Finland's Archipelago National Park. Called Project Ö, after the Swedish word for island, two cabins on the site house living spaces and bedrooms, as well as a workshop and sauna. In order to be completely self-sufficient, the cabins source their...

Keeping a low profile – Doe Bay

Located on a rocky, wind-swept south facing shoreline at Doe Bay, Washington; this home nestles into the landscape to harmonize with its surroundings whilst minimising exposure to weather. The home is a vacation house for a family of four, who desired a low-impact home with a strong connection to land and sea. Designed by Seattle based Heliotrope Architects as a...

connection to place – QLD

Bellbird Retreat is a weekend escape to a stunning rural setting in Killarney is a small town located 35 kilometres south-east of Warwick, on the Condamine River in Queensland, Australia. The modest dwelling sits in a pristine bushland reserve and encourages a dialogue between man-made and natural environments. Designed by Steendijk architects connection to place is embraced through building...

settling naturally – Carmel Valley

Settled in among the old growth oaks and rolling hills of the Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel Valley, California, the residence, which takes its name from the area, also took its form from it: an L-shaped plan allows the house to settle naturally into the contours of the land. Seated in a sunny clearing defined by the surrounding oaks, concrete, weathered steel, and natural cedar...

The Empire House – Canberra

The Australian capital is home to some of the best examples of post-war and modernist architecture in the country. The Empire House is located in a culturally significant and important area of the city, on a ring-road that forms part of architect Walter Burley Griffin’s masterplan. The houses here are a product of an aspirational time in Australia. Austin Maynard Architects...

Three simple layers

F - coffee is both brutal and elegant, designed by Wangstudio the cafe design was inspired by the basic concept of minimalism , brick , concrete ,stone floor, trees and water to create a concise and emotional space. There are three main spatial layers, the first layer is a garden space with trees and water; the second one is a corridor with direct...

rocky coastline – Sydney Aesop

Granite covers almost every surface inside this Sydney Aesop store, which architecture firm Snohetta designed to look like a rocky coastline. Situated amongst the busy, shop-lined streets of Sydney's central business district, Aesop Pitt Street was created to slow down the pace of passersby. The studio sought to create a space that, though large in scale, still embodies the...

exterior relationships – NZ

Sited on an estuary headland off Tawharanui Peninsula, New Zealand, the Bishops Hill Encampment is a small scale dual structure overlooking the water. The pair of minor dwellings are strategically sited to achieve an occupation of the land that feels both timeless and relaxed. The external appearance of each building uses a combination of exposed timber framework and timber shutters, both with a natural oil...