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Engineers Pop with Colour in Brisbane, Australia by Studio 15b – Architecture + Interior Design

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Article source: Studio 15b – Architecture + Interior Design

Inspired by an enthusiastic client passionate about colour, Inertia Engineering’s office fit-out is bright and on-trend.  Copper accents provide warmth to the corporate white-blue colours that were derived from the company logo.  The reception area is flanked by a curved concrete rendered wall that leads you into the custom designed meeting room and further into the spacious open plan office.  The curve of the meeting room softens the harsh angles prominent in the space while encouraging a ‘round table’ approach to meetings.  Much thought went into the spatial planning of this existing office space in order to compliment the team work flow while providing a generous and practical break out space for employees.  A whole wall was dedicated to storage for stationery, archiving and servers which is cleverly disguised by graphical sliding doors with a centrally located functional utility space.  The breakout space is framed by timber screening and houses a functional kitchen that provides plenty of storage for individuals and a high bar for informal gatherings.  Comfortable upholstered occasional ottomans are scattered in the corner while outdoor ottomans encourage use of the long balcony.  Combining the client’s daring attitude to colour with our expertise ensured a successful outcome that will encourage productivity in this functional and bright work place.

Image Courtesy © Studio 15b - Architecture + Interior Design

Image Courtesy © Studio 15b – Architecture + Interior Design

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Inlet house in Victoria, Australia by Seeley Architects

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

Article source: Seeley Architects

The Inlet House is situated near the famed Great Ocean Road, at the mouth of the Painkalac Creek where it flows into Bass Strait. While the house enjoys expansive ocean views to the south, the home feels anything but exposed.

Image Courtesy © Nic Granleese and David Seeley

Image Courtesy © Nic Granleese and David Seeley

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Monolith House in Victoria, Australia by Rara Architecture

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Article source: Rara Architecture

Our mission was to reinstate the old home’s glory through highlighting it’s simplistic characteristics and its overall form. We stripped it right back to a neutral state. The height of the rear addition had the potential to dwarf the original heritage home, so, sympathetically, we mimicked the roof angle, but didn’t hide it. Nothing about the addition is ‘trying to hide’ anything. The old building transitions smoothly to the new, visually and emotionally, both internally and externally – the old floorboards transition to a new polished concrete slab, the old weatherboards transition to a perforated brick wall (outlining the central Zen garden) and then again to a solid brick wall. The addition, which can be enjoyed from the rear lanes and from within the property stands proud, like the existing Edwardian; it stands high, and strong without any exaggeration or excess, it is brutal, minimal and statuesque: a monolith.

Image Courtesy © Christopher Alexander

Image Courtesy © Christopher Alexander

  • Architects: Rara Architecture (Wesley Spencer)
  • Project: Monolith House
  • Location: Victoria, Australia
  • Photography: Alison McWhirter, Christopher Alexander
  • Software used: AutoCAD

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Kensington Palace in Victoria, Australia by Nic Owen Architects

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Article source: Nic Owen Architects

A renovation and extension to the rear of a Victorian cottage in Kensington, Victoria Australia.

■ The owner, a single professional loved her charming 2 bedroom cottage but found the spaces dark, tired and basically in need of repair.

■ A neighbouring 2 storey extension compromised her privacy to the rear living spaces and the backyard, effectively reducing the usability of the property.

■ A small 1970’s sun-room extension was removed and replaced with a black steel and glass small extension. Large picture frame windows supply light and outlook to the existing structure.

Image Courtesy © Christine Francis

Image Courtesy © Christine Francis

  • Architects: Nic Owen Architects
  • Project: Kensington Palace
  • Location: Kensington, Victoria, Australia
  • Photography: Christine Francis
  • Client: Mature single professional
  • Builder: Melpro Developments
  • Landscaper: Dan Piper gardens
  • Structural engineer: Jonicha Consulting Pty Ltd
  • Building surveyor: Reddo
  • Size (m2): House 109 m2 (Existing house was larger at 120m2), Site = 280m2, Deck 27m2
  • Design time: 8 months
  • Construction time: 6 months
  • Completion: November 2015

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Martello Tower Home in New South Wales, Australia by Luigi Rosselli Architects

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Article source: Luigi Rosselli Architects 

Situated on the highest point of a ridge overlooking Sydney’s Middle Harbour is a solid, 3 storey brick house built during the between the late 1950s and early 1960s, which has been complemented by contemporary additions bearing all the signature hallmarks of Luigi Rosselli Architecture: the sandstone base, the whitewashed walls, and the aerofoil vertical louvres placed next to “log-cabin” exterior wall cladding.

Image Courtesy © Justin Alexander and Edward Birch

Image Courtesy © Justin Alexander and Edward Birch

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Northern Rivers Beach House in Northern NSW, Australia by REFRESH*DESIGN

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Article source: REFRESH*DESIGN

Located in a beachside setting, the architectural brief for this project was to design a contemporary, yet cost effective three-bedroom house, well connected to nature and featuring subtropical open-plan living in a temperate climate. The initial premise for the design was to ‘re-interpret’ the beach house by integrating traditional materials of corrugated metal, fibre cement sheeting and timber elements, onto a contemporary and dynamic shape.

Image Courtesy © Damien Bredberg Photography

Image Courtesy © Damien Bredberg Photography

  • Architects: REFRESH*DESIGN (Erhard Rathmayr & Monika Obrist)
  • Project: Northern Rivers Beach House
  • Location: South Golden Beach, Northern NSW, Australia
  • Photography: Damien Bredberg Photography
  • Structural engineers: Incode Engineers
  • Builder: Shinoharra Owner Builder
  • Certifier: Byron Shire Council
  • Timeline: 2014

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Woolloongabba Gardenhouse in Queensland, Australia by REFRESH*DESIGN

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Article source: REFRESH*DESIGN 

Searching for a sustainable alternative to the urban sprawl, REFRESH* has developed a model of infill-development that sensitively increases density of urban areas, which is branded ‘my gardenhouse’. Located in a Brisbane inner-city suburb, this project is an example of how such a gardenhouse has transformed the often unutilised backyard into a multi-generational home to cater for different life stages.

EXTERNAL, Image Courtesy © Roger D’Souza Photographer

EXTERNAL, Image Courtesy © Roger D’Souza Photographer

  • Architects: REFRESH*DESIGN (Erhard Rathmayr, Monika Obrist, Gareth Hartnell)
  • Project: Woolloongabba Gardenhouse
  • Location: Woolloongabba, Queensland, Australia
  • Photography: Roger D’Souza Photographer
  • Structural Engineers: Incode Engineers
  • Design and Documentation: 2015
  • Construction: July 2015 to Jan 2016

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Bundaroo House in New South Wales, Australia by tziallas omeara architecture studio

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Article source: tziallas omeara architecture studio

“The brief for this project was to design a beautiful addition to a heritage listed Bowral cottage – one which was private and allowed the existing cottage to appear unchanged from the street. The clients were passionate about restoration of the original parts of the building, and replacing the dysfunctional 1980’s addition to the rear of the building. The additions were to maximise the solar-passive performance of the house, create a large entertainers kitchen in the heart of the home, allow for a new living and dining area, provide for a new sunken media room and guest accommodation. The client was keen to explore a contemporary approach to the new work, allowing for the new addition to juxtapose with the original weatherboard cottage. Most importantly, the house had to ‘work well’ from an environmental performance perspective. The new additions have been detailed to eliminate thermal bridging, create a well insulated and airtight envelope and to maximise passive solar heat gain and natural cross ventilation. The house has been designed to capture the sunlight in winter, and to exclude it from heating up the spaces in summer. A geo-thermal heat recovery system heats the pool, floor slab and domestic hot water and 35kW of solar panels provide more electricity than the occupants are likely to use (feeding the surplus back into the grid). A charging station in the garage powers an electric vehicle.”

Image Courtesy © tziallas omeara architecture studio

Image Courtesy © tziallas omeara architecture studio

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HELLO HOUSE in Victoria, Australia by OOF! architecture

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Article source: OOF! architecture

The Hello House is a renovation and extension of a Victorian shophouse to accomodate a family home and artist’s studio. The modest but beautiful front rooms were refreshed and its dysfunctional old back rooms demolished and replaced with new spaces more suitable for 21st century life.

Image Courtesy © Nic Granleese

Image Courtesy © Nic Granleese

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Scape House in Victoria, Australia by Andrew Simpson Architects

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Article source: Andrew Simpson Architects

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso

This project for a family coastal residence is located on a stunning isolated site in eastern Victoria on former farmland. The design is an investigation of how an idealised conception of “house” is transformed by its context and use. The site has extraordinary qualities: harsh prevailing winds of the Roaring Forties; sloping site; and sublime panoramic views from Cape Liptrap to Wilson’s Promontory. The residence required maximum flexibility as a beach home that could accommodate varying sleeping needs – anything from a single guest to burgeoning family summer holidays.

Image Courtesy © Christine Francis

Image Courtesy © Christine Francis

  • Architects: Andrew Simpson Architects
  • Project: Scape House
  • Location: Cape Liptrap, Victoria, Australia
  • Photography: Christine Francis
  • Project Team: Andrew Simpson, Owen West, Steve Hatzellis, Dennis Prior, Stephan Bekhor, Eugene An
  • Builder: GK and KM Trease Builders
  • Structural Engineer: Adams Consulting Engineers
  • Project Year: 2009

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