Australian architecture

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Project • By MCK ArchitectsHousing

River House

The River House is an informed assembly of clean lines, warm + textured materials and daring structure all housing a complex brief on a difficult site. The finished product is the result of the collaborative overcoming of many hurdles which ultimately shaped the design as much as the river itself. Caption Caption Caption Caption Caption Caption Caption Caption Caption   More

NewsNews • 28 Oct 2021

Deakin Law School Building by Woods Bagot conceived as a campus lighthouse

The new Deakin Law School Building in Melbourne by Woods Bagot is described by principal Sarah Ball as ‘intentionally non-institutional and as a ‘campus lighthouse.’  Peter Bennetts The five-level building includes flexible, active learning spaces in a move away from the traditional lecture theatre typology. Technology bars, group pods and individual spaces for connection or private study offer both a sense of formality and informality. The building’s arresting geometry derives from the mix of non-traditional learning spaces contained within.In support of student health and wellbeing, two levels of the building are entirely designated as places for student retreat and contemplation on campus. A Wellness Ga... More

NewsNews • 8 Sep 2021

The Commons South Yarra infuses the concept of 'serious fun' through design

Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic forced many companies to rethink traditional office workflows by necessitating that employees transition to working from home, the office disruption model was already taking shape well before 2020 in the form of co-working and shared office spaces. Tatjana Plitt Australian co-working space provider 'The Commons' manage a network of shared workspaces born out of considered, human-centred design with a particular focus on community and sustainability. They recently unveiled their latest location in South Yarra, Melbourne, designed by Foolscap Studio.   Tatjana Plitt Foolscap Studio is an independent, cross-disciplinary design practice centred around built environment and interior architectur... More

NewsNews • 31 Jul 2021

Federal House forms a compelling prospect and refuge relationship with its hinterland Australian site

Within the folding hills of its hinterland site in Federal, Australia, this house by Edition Office was designed as an elemental respite from high-pressure professional life. Through the prospect and refuge relationship to its site, the home provides intimate proximity to the hillside, forest and grassland to the rear of the site, while framing a panoramic gaze across the distant horizon from deep within the heavily inset living platform. Ben Hosking From a distance the building is recessive, a shadow within the vast landscape, clad on all four facades and the fifth façade - being the roof -  with a highly textural outer skin of thick timber battens.  Ben Hosking The tightly controlled envelope contains modestly... More

NewsNews • 22 Jun 2021

Bismarck House engages with its laneway in a challenge to conventional housing typology

One portion of a pair of semi-detached dwellings in Bondi, the Bismarck House by Andrew Burges Architects uses raw materials and sculpted spaces to integrate the house with the garden while at the same time orchestrating social interaction between the public areas of the house and a laneway that runs along the northern boundary of the site.  Peter Bennetts The ground floor of the houonceived spatially and materially as a continuous garden between the boundary walls of the site. The brick common wall of the semi to the south was exposed and the new laneway edge of the north rebuilt using bricks recycled from the site demolition. Peter Bennetts The garden is formed around the central elements of the plan being the kitchen ben... More

NewsNews • 17 Jun 2021

Shack in the Rocks provides simple yet dynamic shelter in the Australian Outback

Approximately one hour’s drive west of Melbourne in the rural outback of Australia, a simple farm shed roof of steel and concrete shelters a rudimentary/cost-effective accommodation. The clients had already erected large machinery shed with solar panels and rainwater collection tanks uphill from the site of the simple hayshed home. Earl Carter Key concepts which respond to the surrounding outback and a need for shelter, the home is conceived as a roof parasol that provides some shade and protection from the rain as well as a place to enjoy outdoor activities such as cooking, eating and engaging with the spectacular landscape on the site. Earl Carter The hayshed structure employed was adapted and modified to include translu... More

NewsNews • 2 Jun 2021

Contemporary Coopworth reimagines the traditional Tasmanian farmhouse

Located on rural Bruny Island, Tasmania, Coopworth is a contemporary interpretation of a country farmhouse undertaken by FMD Architects.  Dianna Snape Surrounded by Coopworth sheep, endless sweeping views to the water and mountain ranges, and neighbouring red lead shacks the design team realized the project as a dialogue between residential architecture and the surrounding context. Dianna Snape The footprint of the home is minimized to preserve arable land. Despite this, the interior is open and generous in its spatial organization. Designed to accommodate a household of two people, the house can be opened up to host extended family and friends with the creative interpretation of Australian verandah sleepouts and caravan bu... More

Project • By Jost ArchitectsApartments

Adela Apartments

The project came about with the development of a large residential block close to the Elwood foreshore and Port Philip Bay. The brief simply requested a spacious apartment product that was cutting edge and contemporary, but subtle both inside and out. The concept of a large apartment resulted in six single level dwellings, each with the proportions of a small house. The apartments are low maintenance, functionally adaptable to appeal to a range of potential residents, and highly sustainable. Externally, rather than go for a standard “stacked wedding cake” form, the building was set back significantly from the adjoining properties on the lower levels. This allowed the main volume of the building to have vertical sides and reduce... More

NewsNews • 27 Apr 2021

Australian weatherboard cottage transformed into a beautifully textured contemporary home

In Barwon Heads, Australia, a rundown weatherboard cottage has been transformed by Adam Kane Architects into a contemporary home with beautiful textural tones and a sensitive approach to space. The entire existing cottage façade and roof are painted deep black, delineating the existing from the deliberately weathered ‘barn style’ extension.  Timothy Kaye The black façade of the cottage blends subtly with its coastal surroundings. Contrasting from the deep black, the light interior includes restored lining board ceilings, period skirting and architraves, alongside new charcoal floorboards. Glimpses to the garden are revealed as one passes through the existing home towards the extension via a glazed link,... More

NewsNews • 10 Mar 2021

DS+R and BLP complete the highly anticipated Susan Wakil Health Building at the University of Sydney

At the University of Sydney, Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS + R) and Billard Leece Partnership (BLP) have partnered to complete a new state-of-the-art educational facility that consolidates clinical, teaching and research functions while respecting the site’s historic significance as a gathering place for the Gadigal people.   Brett Boardman A total of 21,500 square meters, the building is strategically positioned near the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the Charles Perkins Centre and brings together the University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, the Central Clinical School of the Sydney Medical School, and the Sydney School of Health Sciences. The project also accommodates a library and other components of the Facu... More

NewsNews • 21 Jan 2021

Ciasa Le Fiun employs form and materials to integrate with South Tyrol building traditions

Standing alone on a south-facing slope, Ciasa Le Fiun might initially appear as a gabled agricultural building or mountain home. It is however a commercial construction that employs form and materials to integrate with South Tyrol building traditions.  Gustav Willeit In the tradition of the 'Viles' (hamlets) that surround, the building features an elongated front gable with a roof ridge parallel to the slope. The resulting form references a traditional farm building.  Gustav Willeit Further to this, the wood frame construction of the upper floors sits on a plaster plinth of solid construction. Both the exterior plastering and the concrete used for the interior floors were handmade, thus lending a unique materiality.&nb... More

Project • By C.Kairouz ArchitectsPrivate Houses

Kellett Street

A double story, 4 bedroom, modern home full of angles and light, this abode was designed to encourage bright & uncluttered spaces – redefining family living. By using clever shapes and restraint there is a sense of calm and comfort that flows from beginning to end.   Set back from the street the distinct roofline rises up over the 3 car, basement car park. Large windows are placed thoughtfully through the house, to make the most of solar gains, ventilation and views out towards the Dandenong ranges from the top floor.   Grand ceilings and generous hallway sizes internally further emphasize space and air circulation. A void and wall of pivoting glass doors at the rear ensures the open plan living, kitchen and dining a... More

Product • By Bellevue ArchitecturalFritsJurgen Pivot Hinge - System M

FritsJurgen Pivot Hinge - System M

The System M adds a new dimension to the pivot door by creating the ultimate smoothness in: total control over the movement of the door making it ideal for 90º and 180º swing doors. More

NewsMaterialization • 31 Jul 2020

Edwardian home renovation an example of masterful material choice and craftsmanship

Exhibiting masterful craftsmanship, material choices and attention to detail, this extension and renovation of an Edwardian house in Northcoat, Australia by Melanie Beynon Architecture & Design feels warm and generous throughout.  Credit: Tom Blachford Housing a young family of six, the house has two zones: one for adults and one for children. The zones are located at opposite sides of the house and are joined by a central living space. A new family room features exposed Tasmanian Oak timber panels on the wall and pitched ceiling, alongside reclaimed brick walls and handmade Anchor Ceramic tiles.  Credit: Tom Blachford A feature can be found in the large sliding doors that connect the spacious living room to an out... More

Project • By Kensit ArchitectsPrivate Houses

Reeves House

This Contemporary home was derived from a need for a functional floor plan and a sympathetic monochromatic façade that blended in with its neighbours. The open plan living zone is the hero of this house and opens its arms to you when you entry the space from the entry foyer. The high-volume space creates a light filled warm and happy place where you can sit and have a coffee or relax on the couch. A light colour palette was used as well as natural timbers to create warmth and attraction. More