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Architecture/Interiors,Interiors

'The Jane'

'The Jane'
March Studio
16.02.15

March Studio's 'The Jane' is a 46' Pilot House cruising gaff rigged cutter, carvel planked over steam bent frames of all timber construction.

Architecture,Interiors

Lake Wendouree Residence

Lake Wendouree Residence
John Wardle Architects
30.10.14

From John Wardle Architects website:

This choreographed residence is an homage to the beautiful gardens of Ballarat. 

It comprises a series of pavilions located within a landscape of varied garden types - formal, public, rambling, courtyard, and kitchen gardens. The differing gardens and landscaping provide a variety of outlooks from within the house, accentuated by changing light and seasonal coloration. 

This house’s centre of gravity is the kitchen and generous central courtyard. The front pavilion is constructed of brick and overgrown with deciduous ivy which changes colour with the seasons. It reinterprets the tradition of the front hedge, so evident in the character of Ballarat. 

As you sit in the dining room, the topography of the site has been altered so you sink into the site with grassed berms surrounding you. Our preoccupation with the landscape manifests itself again in the front window of the main living room which traces the outline of the lake and treeline in its frame to idealise the view.

A sitting room appears as a greenhouse with glass louvers making for a warmer interior.

This house grows with its landscape and garden surrounds.

www.johnwardlearchitects.com

Architecture,Interiors,Landscape Architecture

Kununurra Courthouse

Kununurra Courthouse
TAG Architects and iredale pedersen hook architects
28.10.14

From Iredale Pedersen Hook's website:

The Kununurra Replacement Courthouse design interprets local physical qualities to capture the uniqueness of Kununurra in a building that is dignified and welcoming. The design re-introduces the value of the regional courthouse with a civic, landmark building that will represent the local community and promote the role of the courthouse as a centre for dispute resolution.

The building is designed and organised to engage with the immediate surrounding context and distant context, this connection is both visual and physical. From a distance the building is viewed in the context of Kelly’s Knob and Hidden Valley the roof form of our building creates an immediate dialogue while creating a variety of volumes for the interior spaces. The height of the roof is also carefully controlled to relate to the immediate adjacent buildings.

TAG Architects with iredale pedersen hook architects, architects in association.

www.tagarchitects.com.au

www.iredalepedersenhook.com

Architecture/Interiors

Mountain Goat Brewery

Mountain Goat Brewery
Phooey
21.02.14

From Phooey:

The main purpose for this project was to create new offices for Cam & Dave, the two Aussie treasures responsible for creating Mountain Goat beer. We’ve enjoyed their beer & their friendship for years & jumped at the opportunity to work with them to create a new office space over the existing bar in their existing Richmond Bar & Brewery. 

To celebrate the history & branding of Mountain Goat Beer (an Australian microbrewery), we decided to re-use & adapt some of the junk which was laying about at the back of the brewery.

Cartons & other packaging with redundant & replaced branding were inventoried.

Traditional mountain-forms were studied.

Mountains of redundant Goat-beer packaging were formed (as cladding over some more traditional building materials).

Stage 01 was completed in a few short weeks.

When we all get time to get onto Stage 02, the premises will be surrounded by Mountains filled with Goats.

www.phooey.com.au

Architecture/Interiors

Hotel Hotel

Hotel Hotel
March Studio
15.02.14

Located in NewActon, a diverse new precinct in Canberra, Nishi Commercial is a major new development housing government departments, private offices, a cinema and cafes. The lobby, designed by March Studio, projects a unique identity through thousands of lengths of repurposed timber, blurring boundaries while directing views and movement.

A grand stair - the stage for performances as much as idle procrastination - leads up to the HotelHotel lobby and bar. In the stair the timber is heavy, grounded, a stacked agglomeration. Freed to scatter up the walls and across the ceiling, the suspended timber filters exterior light and views into and from internal spaces. Spidery, pixellated shadows are cast on the floor and bare walls.

The stair links Nishi Commercial to Nishi Residential, a multi-storey apartment building, housing two floors of hotel rooms, wrapped around a central courtyard and light well. The ground floor contains HotelHotel's lobby, reception, concierge and bar, as well as retail and hospitality tenancies.

www.marchstudio.com.au

Architecture/Interiors

Cross Stitch House

Cross Stitch House
Fiona Dunin Architects
25.01.14

From Fiona Dunin Architects:

The site is a single storey terrace on a small 5m wide block in the inner city of Melbourne. The brief was to create new Living and Dining spaces, relocate the existing kitchen and bathrooms and improve access to natural light in the main living and main bedroom areas. The existing Victorian eastern end of the house containing 2 bedrooms was to remain and be refurbished.

The functional requirements of the client were simple. The only particular requirement was to find a place in the design for 3 tapestries of houses that her mother had made.

Our design strategy is always to celebrate the particularities of the project, so while exploring the tradition of tapestry and stitching techniques, the concept of stitching the new house form to the old established the design approach.

The timber beams form the thread which stitches the new living room to the existing house, then beyond to the western courtyard. The timber beams at the northern point converge into a large timber column, reminiscent of a bobbin thread. Within the courtyard a mirror is positioned strategically at the end of the threads to extend the space and create a sense of unravelling (while concealing the services of the building). The timber threads twist over the western façade to provide added shading to the Living area which will soon be overgrown over by greenery.

www.fmdarchitects.com.au

Architecture/Interiors

Engawa House

Engawa House
Bloxas
21.01.14

From Bloxas: 

Melbourne’s inner-north has a distinct European feel of community living. Small houses compel people towards local parks and curbside gardens, blurring the threshold between public and private. The Engawa House in North Fitzroy, embraces this atmosphere, as the dynamic and historical patchwork of the surrounding context becomes part of each living space.

A full facing northern wing, mixing a combination of single and double storey forms, attaches itself to the front rooms of the existing house. The simple orientation takes advantage of the full range of views from the mezzanine, whilst being sympathetic to it’s elevational context. The living, dining and bedroom/ensuite skirt a large and long courtyard garden, maximizing sustainable performance, and offering northern light into each new program.

This design was structured around the concept of “Engawa”, referring to an exterior hallway on the side of a traditional Japanese dwelling. This space, offers a transition between the yielding comfort of the grassed courtyard, and the polished concrete floor of the interior.

This addition minimises the projects overall footprint compared with the previous plan, but maximises the site’s potential whilst enhancing visual and auditory connection between the family.

www.bloxas.com.au

Architecture/Interiors

MUSE

MUSE
17.01.14

 

From Woods Bagot:

One of three design firms appointed to create a learning space in a vacant Brutalist library building at Macquarie University, Woods Bagot undertook an extensive student consultation process, including a web-based survey, workshops and interactive presentations.

Woods Bagot’s interior design response used this student feedback as the key driver of the design of MUSE – or the Macquarie University Spatial Experience – the unique name and brand was part of the Woods Bagot pitch and ultimately was used for the entire project. 

To meet the needs of a next-generation student, Woods Bagot designed a dynamic space that facilitates a technologically enabled, fluid mode of social learning and collaboration with walls and lighting running on tracks. The transformable space uses recycled desk tops to give them a new life, re-invigorating the existing building with new life and purpose.

The space encourages serendipitous encounters with an aesthetic that draws on raw and recycled materials from the industrial and natural world, including hundreds of old desks repurposed as moveable screens.

This mutable, temporary education environment is designed to enhance students’ educational, social, intellectual and cultural experience of studying at Macquarie University.

MUSE also features spaces designed by Bennett Trimble and NBRS+ Partners, as well as a student connect zone designed by BNMH.

 

www.woodsbagot.com

Architecture/Interiors

Carlton Apartment

Carlton Apartment
Jean-Paul Rollo Architects
10.01.14

From Jean-Paul Rollo Architects:

This modern apartment, for a writer and his wife, is located at the edge of the Melbourne CBD, on a streetscape of Victorian terraces, in close proximity of the Carlton Gardens.

It is a purposeful expression of ideas of how the couple wish to live in their later years. It is about an intensive investigation of space management, of reconstructed space and how you use it. It is an exercise in understated luxury.

The building is a three storey tilt-panel concrete box from the early 1990s. It comprises a street level commercial tenancy and two apartments. The apartment occupies the middle level and has access to a large rooftop terrace providing views over the city and the Carlton roofscape.

East facing windows and balconies look directly into the canopy of a large plane tree. An internal north facing court drags northern light and sunshine into the apartment.

A decision was made early to strip the existing apartment back to its bare concrete fabric and start over with a brand new reconstruction of the spaces to be inhabited. The discovery of large structural concrete beams meant that in the spaces between ceiling heights were raised to three metres, adding to the sense of space and intense clarity required by the owners.

The material palette is restricted and rich: travertine slabs left unfilled and ungrouted for floors throughout and wall surfaces in bathrooms; white carrara marble for benchtops and American oak joinery. The travertine floors and walls were placed precisely in a grid that defines the entire space.

A large freestanding joinery element of American oak "inserted" beneath the concrete beams is employed as the main generator of the plan. The result is a column-free space divided only by the timber box. The box contains, to one side, kitchen cabinetry and storage, then wraps along one side of a wide hallway and helps enclose a walk-in robe and an ensuite bathroom. The oak box "floats" 20mm over the floor, as does the white carrara kitchen bench, which extends into the apartment's courtyard and was constructed as if to appear to have been carved from a single block of marble.

The two bedrooms are separated by a screen wall of full height sliding panels to help enclose or open the spaces as required. A three metre tall pivot door also helps enclose the second bedroom. A large library, of walnut, and a 4.8 m marble-topped storage unit were specially designed for the apartment.

www.jprollo.com.au

Architecture/Interiors

Press Club and Projects

Press Club and Projects
March Studio
28.11.13

With George Calombaris’s favourite painting as its starting point, March Studio has created a stately golden space for the new Press Club.

www.marchstudio.com.au

Architecture/Interiors

Noosa House

Noosa House
MORQ
26.06.13

From MORQ:

Our design for the house negotiated a very steep densely forested site as well as tight planning controls. In response to such constraints, and to cater for the required generous program, the house was thought as a sequence of pavilions connected by a north-south circulation spine at their back.

This comb-like plan allowed for a sequence of independent interior spaces with large openings towards the bay and privacy from the street, while still preserving the existing trees found on site. Between the pavilions, terraces and outdoor spaces fill the gaps and bring family life close to the trees and the landscape.

The one-level East elevation – the circulation spine – consists of a continuous screen of timber battens. Concealed behind the vibrant skin of irregular geometry are small openings for cross ventilation, selected views and the main entry. Following the steep incline, the West facade is of two levels and consists of individual timber volumes with large openings towards the ocean and the bay. The site topography also presented the roof with a crucial visual role, as it can be seen when approaching the house from the street.

Almost hesitant to build in such pristine forested site, we aimed to generate a dialogue with the tones of the surrounding landscape through a careful selection of materials, which could give the house the ability to age and weather with the site. To this end, the house is entirely wrapped in Ironbark timber – vertical planking with open joints – creating an outer skin all around the building that is left to weather and oxidize alongside the bark of the surrounding trees. Similarly, the copper roof takes part in the aging process of the building towards the tones and shades of the forested hill.

www.morq.it

Architecture/Interiors

Park House Hawthorn

Park House Hawthorn
Leeton Pointon Architects
13.06.13

The 2013 Australian Interior Design Awards were announced in Melbourne on 31 May. Congratulations to Leeton Pointon Architects and Alison Pye Interiors for taking both the Residential Design and Interior Design Excellence and Innovation categories.

The approach was to seamlessly integrate all elements of the interiors, architecture, furnishings, decoration and landscape into Park House. The setting was carefully considered in the design of the interior, which sits quietly with the architecture, materials and landscape of the project. Organic shapes, curved soft-plastered walls, appropriate textures and finishes, practicality and sustainability are inherent to the house, and are complemented by the artworks. The palette and detailing are restrained, and were chosen with respect to materiality. Subtle nuances differentiate each space and its use, from the more robust and relaxed approach in the kids’ living space through to more refined selections in the “good room.” Seamless transitions throughout the various interior spaces, as well as between the internal and external spaces, are always maintained. Skylights have been used to wash walls with light from above. Furniture, curtains, rugs, lighting, artwork and decorative items were selected for each space with a focus on softness in form and finish, and comfort and integrity in design. Items such as the front-door handles, glass display cabinet and tapware were custom made for the project. The aim was to create a comfortable, inviting and liveable family home.

Source: Artichoke – May 2013 (Issue – Awards Special)

www.leetonpointon.com

Architecture/Interiors

Toorak Extension

Toorak Extension
Michael Jan Studio/MBA Design Group
29.05.13

Our client required an extension to an existing 80′s house. We were required to retain the bedroom wing, the pear lined pedestrian entry point, drive in forecourt and the outline of the building to this forecourt which included a double garage entry.
The design is bespoke to the lifestyle and needs of our client.

www.michaeljanstudio.com.au

www.mbadesign.com.au

Architecture/Interiors

Paddington Terrace

Paddington Terrace
BENNETT AND TRIMBLE
15.05.13

A major internal renovation to the ground floor of a terrace house in the heritage conservation area of Paddington. The internal area of the ground floor is expanded and rationalised with the introduction of a glazed roof over the existing courtyard. A continuous timber joinery element forms a multipurpose storage element to the living, dining and kitchen areas and a screening device to the entry hall. A new polished concrete slab reflects light from the new glazed void to increase interior lighting levels and forms a platform within the terrace on which the new elements are arranged.

bennettandtrimble.com

Architecture/Interiors

Spring St Grocer

Spring St Grocer
Kristin Green Architecture
07.03.13

The Spring Street Grocer complex is a worthy finalist in the 2013 eat-drink-design awards. Enjoyment of the delicious food and drink on offer is enhanced by the bold design features which are apparent in every aspect of this of establishment. Kristin Green of KGA has given consideration to every surface, space and curvaceous shelf. Colours as bright as the organic veggies on offer pop against stone and timber fixtures. Downstairs in the cheese room, the integration of motifs continues. The more than passing reference to the Greek heritage of the owners is a whimsical and quirky delight.

www.kristingreenarchitecture.com

Architecture/Interiors

House Boone Murray

House Boone Murray
Tribe Studio
12.11.12

This 1920s bungalow in North Randwick has been updated to suit a young family. A 70s renovation has been carefully removed from the original house, and a new brick addition has been added. The existing house is highly decorative to the street: it is rendered and modelled with some complex corbelling and fretwork. In contrast, the sides of the house are completely utilitarian face brickwork. This face brickwork treatment has been extended into a rear-yard addition housing the living spaces of the house and connecting with the garden. Framed by irregular openings, the garden views develop a new decorative language for the rear elevation.

www.tribestudio.com.au

Architecture/Interiors

Apartment Gregory

Apartment Gregory
Tribe Studio
10.10.12

This apartment has been redesigned to address its incredible view north over Bronte Beach. The plan has been fully reconfigured to create a two bedroom, two bathroom flat with a generous living space and study. The materials palette takes its cues from the beach setting with a concrete floor and oak joinery. 

www.tribestudio.com.au

Architecture/Interiors

GUCCI Sydney

GUCCI Sydney
10.07.12

While Gucci is certainly not the most ostentatious of luxury brands, it's not afraid to flaunt its glamour either. The new Gucci flagship store in Sydney boasts a burnished gold facade totally in keeping with the brand's reputation for refined bling. Elegant, but hardly retiring, on the damp night of this shoot the store literally seemed to be leaking luxury into the street.

Architecture/Interiors

House 20

House 20
Jolson
28.06.11

Concrete buttresses extrude from sloping ground. These rhythmic elements form a continuous datum upon which the first floor rests; concrete blades in an east-west orientation, which cantilever and stagger beyond the precipice of the bronze wall below. This craning assemblage hovers over an organic knoll of delicately curling asparagus fern, and shelters the entry below.

The house is a sculptural object. The brutal exterior surfaces of the forms jostling concrete blades penetrate the interior, diffusing the interior/exterior threshold and creating a series of individual rooms. The interior unfolds as it is engaged with, rooms fold into each other and are defined by layers not walls. 

The interior is dissected by a 3 story void; an empty vertical room within a room. The upper and lower floors are veiled by a knitted stainless steel mesh which allows textured shadow to dance within the interior.

The basement experience embraces dark tones, rich textures, and celebrates ambient natural light. There is a strong dialogue between surfaces and object; polished monolithic black stone, raw mild steel, black leather, knitted mesh, and ‘slick’ body of black water that embodies the indoor pool.

The first floor is the clients retreat with Master bedroom, dressing room and ensuite. The Study hovers above the landscape knoll and engages with the streets’ plane trees. The contrasting light and dark furniture pallet articulate ‘her’ study from ‘his’ amongst the blade walls. 

The building faces north and draws in sunlight across its breadth. The void acts as a thermal chimney, drawing fresh air through and expelling above. At its base the pond has a cooling effect. The steel mesh veil reduces direct sunlight entry. 

The design affronts the general fascination with mock architectural styles, or adorned boxes with inward looking spaces and a total lack of relationship with site and environment. It engages with the notion of grandness without drawing on imitation, decoration, porticos or columns. Anti-decorative, anti-column.

 

ARCHITECTURE/INTERIORS

Potts Point Apartment Sydney

Potts Point Apartment Sydney
Anthony Gill Architects
14.04.11

The project involved the redesign of an existing 38 sq m (400 sq feet)one bedroom apartment in a Harry Seidler Building in Potts Point. The aim was to create a space that would suit a couple with a young child. The existing joinery (not original) was demolished leaving only the masonry walls to the bathroom which remains untouched. A new joinery element was inserted to re-configure the space, addressing the issues of privacy, storage and a lack of living space inherent in an apartment of this size.

ARCHITECTURE/INTERIORS

Grace Darling House Melbourne

Grace Darling House Melbourne
iredale pedersen hook
12.05.10

Conceived as a formal emulation of the hip roof of the existing heritage listed residence this substantial addition to a large home seeks to provide an alternative reading of its suburban context. Distinctive but complimentary materials: copper, recycled jarrah and calacatta marble, have been employed so that the addition both references and develops the life of the architecture. Concealed from the street, the new insertion transforms the nature of the historic domestic language into a dynamic and generous articulation of form and space, suitable for the life of its new family. All in it's a great set of alterations and additions to a Hawthorn mansion. The architects are iredale pedersen hook and the interior design is by Beatrix Rowe. Photographed for Vogue Living.

 

Architecture/Interiors

Cubby House Fitzroy

Cubby House Fitzroy
Edwards Moore
13.04.10

Edwards Moore's extension and renovation of an apartment overlooks Fitzroy's iconic public swimming pool. It's an absolute cracker! The French Bulldog's name is Jimmy.

Architecture/Interiors

Lyons studio

Lyons studio
NMBW Architecture Studio
08.12.09

Lyons Architecture's new studio by NMBW is in an old department store in Melbourne's CBD. This masterful intervention leaves well enough alone while introducing fine detail and material concerns making for a dynamic and sustainable working environment for the whole Lyons crew. 

Architecture/Interiors

Cardigan Street House

Cardigan Street House
FMD
25.05.09

In this wonderful renovation of a labyrinthine Victorian terrace Architect Fiona Dunin has used mirrors and planes to transform the Victorian stair into a periscope where glimpses to rooms beyond reveal beautiful details and light-filled spaces. And while mirrors create prismatic intrigue - you try and photograph them! You can learn more about Fiona and FMD Architects here

Architecture/Interiors

Fjäll Falls Creek

Fjäll Falls Creek
Hecker Phelan & Guthrie
10.09.08

Fjäll (pronounced "fe-yall") is Swedish for mountain. Designed by Salter Architects and interiors by Hecker Phelan & Guthrie, Fjäll is ski lodge that blends rustic traditions with a contemporary designer finish. I was mostly ably assisted by Lars who's quick with a coffee but cooked us overnight turning up the thermostat because he was cold - you'd think a Dane would know...

Architecture/Interiors

New Gold Mountain

New Gold Mountain
Cassandra Complex
22.02.07

New Gold Mountain is a bar designed by the ever-intriguing Cassandra Complex that joyfully riffs on the opium den aesthetic of gold rush Melbourne.