architecture

Limestone house in Toorak

Set in the leafy Melbourne suburb of Toorak, the brief called for John Wardle Architects to create a house that can generate, capture and provide everything it needs on site. A house that minimises its environmental impact beyond the site, while also creating a generous and delightful living environment. An outer shell of...

A masterful orchestration of architecture + art

Housed in a 18th century grand townhouse, in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the meticulously renovated house showcases Charles Zana sense of balance and orderliness, as well as his keen eye for mixing and matching ostensibly clashing pieces. Unfolding over two floors, plus a basement level, the revamped interiors mix traditional and contemporary elements that...

Urals mountain villas

On the eastern side of the Urals mountain ranges in Russia, nature makes herself felt, seen and heard at all times of the year. Amid the towering pines and birches of a secluded golf course sits the YEK Villas. The two geometrically sharp villas create the impression that they are levitating above ground. Designed by Open AD, the buildings’ presence is felt,...

Perforated house

Most typical houses in Singapore are street-fronting and closely packed together with neighbouring houses, the brief for AR43 Architects was to design a house that would maintain a certain level of privacy for the owner, yet still be open to greenery, ventilation, and natural light. The new house was detached from its neighbouring semi-detached house,...

McCrae Bush House – Victoria

Located on a long and sloping site along the Mornington Peninsula, the McCrae Bush house is a dwelling that was inspired by its unique surrounding context of native bushland and the close proximity of Port Phillip Bay. Located on the highest point of the site towards the rear so as to take advantage of the water and treetop views, the curved driveway approach...

Golden Ash house – Melbourne

Before Bryant Alsop transformed the Golden Ash house it was in disrepair, with cabinetry falling apart, leaking roofs, and a dead possum in the skylight! Initial thoughts were to do a minor upgrade but it quickly became apparent that this Edwardian gem needed a little more love and a complete makeover to create a long-term...

Climatic relationships – Colombia

Located in Retiro, Colombia, the house is composed of two separate structures linked by a path and a large garden in a forest clearing. What could have been a single larger house, was developed as dispersed volumes positioned in the steep slope, each one situated in a unique way in relation to the topographic features of the beautiful site. Each structure is clearly...

Victorian bush getaway – Revisited

The Buxton house is a bush retreat getaway set on a 20 hectare property overlooking the Black Range State Forest 100km north east of Melbourne. Designed by Format Architects, the house is defined by its large and deep overhanging roof designed to offer shade and protection from the elements. The plan is arranged around a glass walled open plan living...

Hidden house – Revisited

NCaved is a house located on a small secluded rocky cove on Serifos Island, Greece seemingly hovering just above sea level and appears to disappear into the rugged cliff-side. The need to create a protected shelter, at a location of disarming view, but openly exposed to strong north winds, led Mold Architects to the decision to drill the slope, instead...

Making a bold statements – Revisited

Located in the iconic beachside location of St Kilda, this double storey Victorian terrace has been restored to its former grandeur by Melanie Beynon AD, whom aimed to provide their clients with a functional home that honoured its 19th century bones while drawing reference from the client’s passion for Parisian décor. The grand Victorian entry makes a bold statement...