THE HOMES THAT RE-INVENTED THEMSELVES

The architects behind these homes took what we expected them to do and threw it back in our faces.

Traditional Japanese Home
Earlier this year we wrote about a Tokyo-based architecture firm, Keiji Ashizawa Designs, who were charged with renovating a traditional-style home located in central Tokyo. The end result saw a fusing of the traditional features of the original house with a modern – and functional – interior.

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Brisbane Workers Cottage
When an interior designer and architect come together in work and life you get spaces like the Brisbane Workers Cottage. Despite a narrow plan the original build had high ceilings which afforded a sense of light and openness – clearly the mood they were after given the new additions are largely open plan and connected to the outdoors.

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Breeze Block House
One of the more memorable residential projects of 2016, the Breeze Block House by Architect Prineas was hot on the lips of many this year – and for good reason. It’s no easy feat to bring an air of excitement back to the suburbs, but that’s exactly what they did – championing the use of Australian iconic breeze blocks no less.

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Mid-Century Modern
The premise of this Mid-Century Modern renovation by Nest Architects was to look at a space from a new perspective. Not that you’d know from the home that resulted but that’s a lot easier said than done. There are subtle clues and characteristic features that give a genuine nod to the era, but they’re amongst a more contemporary colour palette and selection of materials.

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