Tag Archives: coastal style

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...

A nod to the past – Italy

Located in the small commune of Rotello near Campobasso of Saint Rocco in southern Italy , the historic church has been restored into a permanent performance venue and multi-purpose hall. Fragments of the stone floor stand out against the white-washed theatre space, hidden within the existing exterior masonry walls.The ornamental interior, including the cornice, pilasters and arched niches were previously painted white but showed uneven...

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...

Queenslander re-interpreted

The brief for the Jacaranda house was to turn an original 1920’s Ashgrovian house into a family haven, with the flexibility to accommodate the changing needs over the next 20 years. All core family living spaces needed to be on a single level, on a modest, intimate scale, while a separate zone was required for Director: Scott Petherick architectural studio -

The Little-Big House – Revisited

This LA property was converted from a cramped shack to an airy and bright home. Architects Annie Ritz and Daniel Rabin heavily altered the layout to maximize space, natural light and airflow. Named The Little-Big House by the clients, the project involved gutting the interior of the property and reorganising the rooms to create the illusion of greater space. "We took on the task of transforming...

little summer house

The Palmar is a summer house, located in the Port of Chuburna Yucatan Mexico. With a very small footprint the house consists of one bedroom a kitchen, living area and swimming pool. Designed by David Cervera the house is located at the bottom of the land and in keeping with the local context the house is crisscrossed at the front with the backyard unused. It is...

hillside merge

Jutting out from the surface of a steep rock face over the valley of Poisses on the Greek Cycladic island of Kea, is a private residence that the team at Cometa Architects designed with equal parts traditional charm and modern minimalism. Rocksplit, as the project is titled, is built on a narrow plot of land which merges into...

Balmoral to Manly

As far as family homes go, this one is at the upper end of impressive. The contemporary home, located in the Sydney suburb of Mosman, has been designed by Tanner Kibble Denton is set across two blocks of land and three levels. The width gained from building across two titles has been the house sweeping views across Balmoral...

Venice…Vienna…California

Designed by Marmol Radziner for a family, the Vienna Way Residence is located in Venice, California. Floor to ceiling glazing connect outdoor living spaces seamlessly integrating the home with the California native landscape. Two main volumes, anchored close to the boundaries of the property, divide the lot into thirds, bridged by a sunken kitchen in the center. The pool in the center of the outdoor courtyard...

monolithic home

Located in Brissago Switzerland overlooking Lake Maggiore on the south side of the Alps sits a concrete monolithic home. Despite its hard angles and firm shape, it feels to be right at home in the natural environment. Designed by Wespi de Meuron Romeo Architects the house is built into the topography of the mountains that rise out of Lake Maggiore....