Tag Archives: Lena Zacharek

Australian Rural Luxury revisited

When I first meet Brae's head chef Dan Hunter I was captivated by his holistic and passionate approach to food. This same philosophy has been extended to the newly erected accommodation evidenced by the appreciation of the handcrafted, collaborative design process, agricultural building typologies and local, sustainably sourced materials. The overall experience is one of rural luxury. Situated on a 30 acre farm...

Moroccan luxury Sydney

Perched on Sydney's foreshore this P&O home has been adapted by Alexandra Kidd to combine nautical history, art and multiple design cultures. The result is an evocative home befitting of it's stunning location.

Inspired by the client’s love of Moroccan culture and design, the sweeping form of the original architecture is accentuated by powder blues, deep terracottas...

Parisian apartment … revisited

I often find myself taking life and designs seriously, continuously questioning and justifying my choices. Apartment 108 by Roldophe Parente is a reminder of the initial attraction of design - to create beautiful, functional spaces, manifesting passions and personality. Performing as both a home and a gallery for someone who loves design as much as I do.  At first...

Mammoth Cafe Melbourne

The idiosyncrasies of a corner block in Melbourne’s Armadale are celebrated through Techne Architecture and Interior Design’s Mammoth Cafe. A recipe of inspiration was concocted from Wes Anderson, West Coast USA, summer holidays and pop-culture. The interiors - washed in white - open and brighten the space whilst providing a backdrop for...

Forest Corridor

A dental clinic, who would have thought? UID Architects have cast aside all preconceived design ideas to craft something truly stunning. The modest rectilinear building is clad in linear timber which accentuates the form and will graciously silver to resemble Japanese lark forest. Internally sensuous curves define sunken working and waiting zones, whilst garden vistas create a natural and...

the chocolate bistro

Like a good chocolate, T.A Milano invites us to savour life’s finer moments. Synthesising the spirit of the artisan chocolate and brand it represents, one is compelled to appreciate the history, quality and emotion which embodies the design and the product.

Set on a corner block in Milan, the chocolate bistro is sensitive and responsive to the grandeur of the heritage building as well as brand...

Sanctuary in Brisbane

If I were to live in Brisbane, this is where I would want to live. This project is a collaboration between the owners, Surroundings and Jack’s Corner. With a humanist design approach they have converted this inner-city warehouse into a beautiful and considered space for living, working and entertaining. A series of...

Enhancing Melbourne’s Heritage

Too often we see heritage restorations and extensions that have lost touch with the original design or tried to recreate it without fully understanding the architecture. This is why I am so excited to see an East Melbourne residence originally by one of Melbourne’s most influential Victorian Era architects, Joseph Reed given justice.  Restored and extended, architect Atelier Wagner has stayed true to the language...

Tasmanian Hothouse

Recently Hothouse, as part of the Dark Mofo Festival, inspired locals and tourists to venture out in the freezing heart of the Tasmanian winter.  Hothouse is simultaneously a design, a philosophy, an atmosphere and a space. Conceived as an incubator for ‘outside the box’ creative thinking, through form and purpose embodies the imaginative ideas, innovation and collaborative spirit...

A celebration of site

Given a site in the San Juan Archipelago, Olson Kundig Architects who are renowned for their exploration of the relationship between dwellings and landscapes have excelled once again. The Pierre, true to vernacular tradition is a home erected on the least productive part of the site.  Externally the structure contrasts but remains sensitive to the magnificent surroundings with...