interiors

Living within a sculpture – Toorak

Conceived as a sculpture to live within, the Towers Road House in Toorak, Victoria represents a shared belief between clients and Wood Marsh architects that contemporary art enriches life in a profound and meaningful way. Challenging standard notions of domesticity, the abstract form of the building curves around the sloping site, referencing Christo’s Running Fence, introducing a public interface with...

Perfectly charred – Mexico

Casa Di-Dox comprises charred wooden volumes staggered up a hillside in the scenic Valle de Bravo region, Mexico. Magaldi Studio sourced the cladding of the boxy house locally, including the cedar that was charred black and the stone from a quarry in nearby Acatlán. It describes the result as a juxtaposition of "a very modern avant-garde architecture built with...

Essence of summer – Corsica

Located right by the sea, on Route des Sanguinaires, Corsica, France along a scenic coastline route peppered with villas and luxury hotels near the Corsican capital. “Casa Santa Teresa” is blessed with beautiful views of the gulf of Ajaccio which architect Amelia Tavella has elegantly framed throughout the house. The once rundown 1950’s house still exemplifies a modernist purity that...

Discovery of intimacy – Portugal

Upon entering the plot the House in Meco reveals itself as a perfect square with four similar facades. The single storey home is composed of a large roof supported in its four corners that correspond to the private spaces of the home, with the common areas of the house opening to the landscape. Designed by Atelier RUA, the building...

The Hobart Tardis

Nicknamed the 'Tardis' in reference to Doctor Who's time machine with was a never-ending labyrinth within a phone box, the brief for this project was to create a home that appears small and private from the street, but is deceptively spacious internally.  Working within the ‘Tardis’ concept, the design response seeks to address three key challenges: how to build within a tight building envelope' as...

Challenging the norm – Scarborough

House B is the middle house in a development by designed Whispering Smith’s Director, Kate Fitzgerald, a project that has become one of the most informative case studies of best practice urban infill in Perth. In a city famous for demolishing suburban character to make way for ubiquitous ‘McMansions’ House B is an important project because it exemplifies the value...

Nothing to hide – Newcastle

Vikki’s Place is a dwelling on a small inner city lot in Newcastle, Australia. The owner needed a home that could accommodate herself and her grown-up son, who comes to stay for long periods of time with his own family of four. The site is heavily effected by flood with Planning Controls setting the first floor 1.6m above natural ground. A private, north facing courtyard is...

Disconnection House – Paris Texas

Boar Shoat House longed for a place where the family could distance themselves from social stresses, withdraw digital connection, and commune with nature and each other. Intended as a crash pad and base camp, three small structures gather under an open air pavilion, encapsulating the client's main concept for the project - a spartan shelter within the Bear River range of Paris, Texas US. Designed by...

Architectural synthesis – Argentinia

Exposed concrete and glass brutally combine to form the ‘Escobar House’, a monolithic residential property designed by Argentinian architect Luciano Kruk. The linear two-story residence is positioned on a spacious property with a flat land, in a gated community on the outskirts of Buenos Aires called Haras Santa María de Escobar—alluding to the project’s title. Rectangular in plan, the home’s...

Brutalist rigour – Portugal house

Overlooking the vast Alqueva Lake in Portugal, which is the largest artificial lake in Europe, sits a house hunkered into the pristine landscape. Designed by architecture practice Aires Mateus, the house is dug into a hillside and concealed by a green roof, the only visible elements of the building’s presence are the cantilevered roof jutting out towards the lake...