architecture

Swan Lake Bridge House – China

Beijing-based architecture studio Trace Architecture Office (TAO) has completed ‘Swan Lake Bridge House And Tower’, a public project consisting of a concrete building and viewing tower; created for locals to enjoy the natural wetlands of Rongcheng Swan National Nature Reserve in east China. The nature reserve, also known as Swan Lake Park, which is a large expanse of wetlands located along...

No Footprint House – Costa Rica

The No Footprint House (NFH) is located in Ojochal, a small village at the edge of the vast tropical rain forests along the South Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Placed in a humid tropical climate, the building design responds to its surrounding habitat by passive climate control through natural ventilation and solar shading. Designed by A-01 the NFH is...

Sympathetic Apartment – Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo is a busy city, a place where houses increasingly give way to buildings, a couple had the good fortune of finding a ground floor apartment with a gigantic garden. However, the space was narrow, very dark and divided into several smaller rooms. They wanted it to reflect their personalities, prioritising the connection between the living spaces and the garden, which is basically twice...

Engineered Gymnastics – Brighton

The Compound house is an adventurous project, designed by March Studio . Averting style in lieu of an exploration into light and shadow, form and texture, order and chaos, the rational and the random. The house deliberately exploits the neighbourhood character of Brighton, speaking to the client’s industrial background by exploiting a collection of infrastructural moments. An embankment...

Chelsea home – London

Rodi? Davidson Architects has transformed a pair of artists' studios that may have once belonged to the famed JMW Turner into a lofty family home in London . Located in Chelsea, London on a street where many celebrated artists took up residence in the 19th century, when rents were still relatively affordable compared to other parts of town. It is named Turners Studio as a blue...

Country Road – Spearheading Sustainable Design

Last week I attended the launch of Country Road’s sustainable flagship store at Chadstone and it impressed me at every turn. Country Road is literally redefining sustainable fashion and design in a bid to become a leader in sustainability in Australia and overseas. Through the launch of its new flagship store, Country Road is Australia’s first fashion retail...

Uniquely Urban – Melbourne

A house in an unforgiving Fitzroy lane-way has been imagined as a robust, simplified form a container for family life.  The tight vertical space is improved through a memorable threshold rising to the living areas and opening to a startling city view. Designed by Kennedy Nolan, the brief for this house was relatively conventional – a place for a...

A house within a house – Switzerland

The clients' desire was to live in a timber house. However, located in Vitznau, Switzerland the challenging geology combined with the hillside location prompted alp Architektur Lischer Partner to design a solid construction in which the hard shell of the concrete facade encases and protects the soft core of the timber house. The prefabricated timber frames were erected, sealed and...