architecture

Challenging the norm – Melbourne

The owners of RaeRae house were preparing to renovate and extend their tired single-fronted terrace in North Fitzroy, Melbourne, when the house next door came up for sale. The two terraces are each sited on long blocks with dual frontage potential, a street at the front and an unusually wide lane at the rear. The newly purchased home showed signs of a previous life but...

Non- traditional American gabled house

Architecture firm Feuerstein Quagliara has integrated a series of covered outdoor spaces into this handsome country home, which is designed to provide visual and physical connections to the landscape from every room. The Hass House is located in Livingston Manor, a hamlet in the Catskill Mountains in Upstate New York is situated on a grassy knoll, overlooking farmland. The...

Wood Ribbon Apartment – Paris

Wood Ribbon Apartment is a typical Haussmanian Parisian apartment with mouldings, fish bone parquet and a linear long balcony. The refurbishment concept, was to create contemporary architecture, a light element that would allow the design to preserve all the existing historical elements that confer a strong character to the place while unveiling new uses and a new appreciation of space, suited to its 21st century...

Historic panache – Umbria, Italy

When Count and Countess Antonio Bolza bought a property in rural Umbria, Italy in 1984 they were looking for a peaceful holiday retreat, a 1,500-hectare pastoral estate of idyllic natural beauty, scattered with centuries-old abandoned farmhouses and a millennium-old castle. The family fell in love with the overgrown Reschio estate which they bought ten years later embarking on a colossal restoration endeavour with the help...

An adventure filled place – Sydney

Cooks River House is a secluded family home within a lush natural landscape in Sydney’s inner west. A single-storey bungalow with an unsympathetic later addition previously occupied this sloping site, facing the Cooks River. The overgrown site had a wild, natural feel which Studio Plus Three clients saw as an adventure-filled place to raise their young family. Key intentions...

Refined, brutalist rigour – Mexico

Named after the street in Polanco where it’s located, Tennyson 205 is a five-storey apartment building in one of Mexico City’s most upscale and leafy neighbourhoods. Designed by Tucson-based architects Studio Rick Joy the project imbues a sculptural refined, brutalist rigour that sets it apart among the area’s mix of modern architecture and Spanish colonial revival buildings. Hemmed in on three...

Bundeena Beach House – NSW

Bundeena Beach House is a weekend escape with a strong connection to its environment, and context. It is also a house of its environment with a native roof garden and a sculptural skylight. Designed by Grove Architects it’s a house with a playful interaction between inside and outside, public and private. The house does not attempt to relate to its neighbours...

Roman and Williams Guild New York

Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, the husband-and-wife team behind design firm Roman and Williams, have created a heavenly two-storey emporium in Manhattan's Soho district. Named Roman and Williams Guild New York, the flagship emporium houses an art studio, divine flower shop, gallery and boutique, and a restaurant called La Mercerie. The duo's treasury of lighting and furniture spans multiple categories of...

Former army drill hall – Sydney

The restoration and adaption of a 1905 former army drill hall in Sydney’s Inner West, involved the careful interweaving of the building’s original details and material palette with contemporary additions to create a relaxing home to suit the new owners. Although the original building had been altered substantially and unsympathetically in the 1990s by former owners, key elements remained intact or salvageable so the design...