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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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University of Queensland School of Architecture in Australia by m3architecture

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Article source: m3architecture 

m3architecture has designed stage one of the alterations and additions for the University of Queensland’s (UQ) Architecture School, set within the existing Zelman Cowen building.

Image Courtesy © Brett Boardman

Image Courtesy © Brett Boardman

  • Architects: m3architecture
  • Project: University of Queensland School of Architecture
  • Location: Queensland, Australia
  • Photography: Brett Boardman
  • Software used: Revit

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Journey house in Victoria, Australia by nic Owen architects

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Article source: nic Owen architects 

A renovation and extension to the rear of a modest sized ‘ex’ housing commission semi-detached clinker brick 1940’s house in Hampton, located on a generous allotment.

The owners required more space, updated amenities and desired a strong connection to the outside. The well travelled couple wanted a tranquil, calm and relaxing environment to call home.

Image Courtesy © Christine Francis

Image Courtesy © Christine Francis

  • Architects: nic Owen architects
  • Project: Journey house
  • Location: Hampton, Victoria Australia
  • Photography: Christine Francis
  • Client: A young professional couple
  • Builder: Brett Kerr, KerrStruct pty ltd
    Structural engineer: John Horan & Associates
  • Building surveyor: Reddo
  • Size (m2): House 166 m2 (Existing house was 123m2), Site 620m2
  • Completion date: November 2014

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