HOMES

West End Cottage Renovation: A Photo Essay

Not long after the 2011 flood that swept through Brisbane, Owen and Vokes and Peters Architects were approached to renovate and extend a small timber worker's cottage in Brisbane.

A Thai House inspired by Kayaking

When an owner wants a house that reflects his character, and his greatest passion is kayaking, this is what you get. As well as adventure sport, IDIN Architects have taken cues from the local, muted landscape for their design of W House, making a home that fits into both the owner’s way of living and the natural environment. Words by Tess Ritchie.

Ocean Envy: 5 top Coastal Homes

Nothing beats a coastal view. Especially if you live inner city, a house with clear horizon and the expanse of the sea to look at is absolute bliss. Here are five homes lucky enough to inhabit the coast and the luxuries that come with it.

A Design informed by New Zealand History: Davis Bure house

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.

A Mountain Legend

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.

At home in the Garden: Renovation by Welsh+Major

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.

A design approach to living: Studio Pardon’s Home-Studio

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.

Layers and Light: Renovation of a Victorian House

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.

An Explosion of Green: Hanoi Renovation by Vo Trong Nghia

'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.

Material, form, colour: house by Daniel Marshall Architects

Needing more space, John McCabe and Maron Clague approached Auckland architect, Daniel Marshall. Andrea Stevens reports on his contrasting addition to their 1960s house

A modern beach house informed by an old shed

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.

Regional architecture in this Sydney home designed by Arkhefield inspired by Geoffrey Bawa

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.

Theatrical Apartment in Little India

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.

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