architecture

Writers retreat – Brazil

Built to be a writers retreat set in the middle of nature in Petrópolis, Brazil the building was designed under the symbolic meaning of a cave. The symbolism of the cave suggests shelter, self-knowledge, return to basics, reflection, pregnancy, growth, freedom through thought of ancient mythologies. Designed by Architectare, the shape of the construction was defined by the small...

Music hall house – Sydney

Located in Paddington , Sydney on the end of a strip of terrace houses dating back to the 1880s, the Concert Hall House is a highly personalised response to the clients brief for space where music can take centre stage. Pandolfini Architects reimagined the potential of this compact inner-city terrace whilst providing dramatic interior spaces, reminiscent of great music...

Casa La Vida – Mexico

A stone wall and lush greenery conceal Casa La Vida from the road and reveal the dry palm roof known as a palapa. They are commonly used in the region because they provide shelter, allow for natural ventilation and reduce solar absorption. In Casa La Vida, the palapa separates the residence's two volumes. One structure houses the open kitchen and dining room while a large...

Hunkered into the landscape – Sunshine Beach

Located overlooking the pristine beaches of Sunshine Beach, Queensland, Australia, the house’s sculptural forms and the burrowed nature of its siting was a response to the site’s challenges and the client brief. Concrete arches as a structural form, minimised the need for internal columns and maximised the open spans for windows. They also produced complex shapes, high ceilings, the opportunity to create interestingly shaped organic...

No longer neglected – Amsterdam

The creative director of design studio Framework has turned a neglected 19th-century warehouse in Amsterdam into a fun but elegant family home for his wife and two children. The house is located along the waters of the city's Prinsengracht in the historic building which has over the years fallen into a state of almost complete ruin, but owner Thomas Geerlings – founder of local design studio...

White Diamond House – Mexico

In the affluent neighbourhood of Bosques de las Lomas in Mexico City, architecture firm Taller Aragones has designed a spacious, all-white Modernist home Rombo IV. Characterized by its impressive geometric forms and open plan layout, Rombo, meaning rhombus in English, refers to the diamond-shaped design of the house. As its name implies, ‘Rombo IV’ is the fourth in a series...

Following emotion – Mykonos

Set in Mykonos and blessed with unobstructed views of the sun setting over the island of Delos in the Aegean Sea, Athens-based architecture practice K-Studio took a different approach to design by building a house where “form follows emotion rather than function”. A house that unfolds around an outdoors living area that can be used throughout the day...

Creating joyful moments – Palm Beach

Woorak House is situated in Sydney's Palm Beach region perched on the tip of a peninsula that's bordered on one side by the Pacific ocean and Pittiwater bay. Despite its location, the site of the family holiday home had no direct views of the surrounding coast. CM Studio decided to build the new house as a sequence of pavilions that are...

A once ruinous state – France

When Timothee Mercier, of architectural practice Extra Medium parents' purchased land in South of France’s Vaucluse department in the early 2000s. There was a small farmhouse that had been weathering away for more than a decade. It stood on a hill, fading comfortably into the landscape. When his parents approached Timothee to rebuild it, it was still soft in its ruinous...

Eucalyptus House

Pipa House could easily feel at home in Australia, as it does in Brazil, given its chilled design and main building product is eucalyptus trees. Developed as a prototype by Bernardes Architects, in partnership with a construction company and a couple of entrepreneurs, who wanted to design a house that could be replicated and sold to other clients,...