Davis Bure House, sitting high upon a hillside at Whale Bay, Northland, is a thoughtful exploration of New Zealand’s history. Both colonial occupation of the land and the Maori response to that has been into consideration in the design, looking at how those events might be woven together. The distinctive high ceilings in particular are a unique design choice for its location, as Pip Cheshire tells us.
Victoria’s high country is steeped in Australian mythology – a backdrop for legendary horsemen and the notorious Kelly Gang of bushrangers. It is here, writes Nicky Lobo, that architect, Darren Sinclair-Cole, built a holiday home for his family.
An un-used inner-city back yard is reinvented as a Garden room, finding a functional partnership with the house. In this renovation of a late Victorian home, by Welsh+Major, we see the potential for under-utilsed space fully realised in the form of a green sanctuary. Words by Tess Ritchie.
Design agency Studio Pardon has made home their office, and their office home. The space has been carefully curated to fit living and working equally, and suits their philosophies to both life and work to a tee. We caught up with Lise and Ben, the couple behind Studio Pardon, to find out how and why this arrangement works so well.
Alfred Street Residence is a light-filled family home in Melbourne. The renovation, by studiofour, plays with ceiling and floor levels, creates strong interior-exterior connection, and uses a calming palette as a backdrop for belongings.
'Greenfall Renovation' is Vo Trong Nghia Architects' solution to Hanoi's urban problems. It's triangle light well, choice of reflective materials and abundance of greenery combats electricity shortages and flooding, pollution and general lack of green, creating a lush explosion of colour in its busy neighbourhood. Words by Tess Ritchie.
Needing more space, John McCabe and Maron Clague approached Auckland architect, Daniel Marshall. Andrea Stevens reports on his contrasting addition to their 1960s house
offSET Shed House in Gisborne, by Irving Smith Jack Architects, demonstrates New Zealand's affinity with coastal living and how the tradition of the bach is still alive. Words by Tess Ritchie.
In this lovely example of crossing cultural boundaries – the clients have combined Italian and Sri Lankan heritage – materiality and openness to the outdoors evoke the characteristic design traditions of these nations.
By dramatising spaces for the everyday rituals of life, Singapore architect Colin Seah re-defines apartment living. Andrea Stevens visited his own apartment which is a convenient retreat from the bustle of the city.
The relationship between nature and architecture is clear in this project by ONG&ONG. As well as a sense of natural tactility in the materials, the family home in Singapore has been designed around a 'colossal' pre-war Rain Tree that existed on the site.
Working together, working at home, a green or grey outlook, perhaps no outlook at all – everyone has a different solution. Peter Hyatt talks to architects and partners, Michael and Cat Bellemo, about their solution in suburban Melbourne.
Venus Bay Bach, by MRTN Architects, "was never intended to be home away from home; it was to be a holiday house, basic in form and basic in function". Nestled in the rugged terrain at South Gippsland, Victoria, the house is an escape from the city for a New Zealand-born Melbourne-based young family.