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Crossing The Threshold

When we describe architecture, it is often about distinct spaces rather than the thresholds that link and separate them. Thresholds mediate movement and transitions, and different thresholds – such as screens, passages and wall thicknesses – can provide nuanced effects and become intermediary spaces in their own right. These thresholds bring clarity and tension to architecture, revealing, concealing, framing and highlighting, and can influence the mood and environment of a space. Designed by Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects, Mountainside House on the NSW south coast enjoys distant and intimate views of the varied landscape: a dramatic sandstone escarpment; a steep, forested valley; broad agricultural plains; and the coastal horizon. The building runs parallel and perpendicular to the contours of the landscape, and the thresholds within and around the house heighten the intimate and dramatic character of both the house and the views. Mountainside House Hill Thalis cc Brett Boardman exterior entrance Mountainside House Hill Thalis cc Brett Boardman open terrace Mountainside House provides a place of respite and relief for the resident. He toils in the garden, is a talented pianist and his extended family visit regularly. “He wanted to enjoy the landscape, live simply and to have a sense of comfort without excess,” says Laura Harding, senior designer at Hill Thalis. The house is comprised of two parallel wings, one with living spaces and the other with bedrooms. The western end is anchored to the hillside, opening to terraces and sheltered gardens; the eastern end projects over the landscape for coastal views. “Day-to-day life in the house is characterised by movement between the contrasting intimacy and drama of these two conditions,” Laura says. The living/music room and client’s bedroom occupy the easterly points, with the kitchen and dining area facing north and an informal living area to the west. The envelope of the house provides series of frames and thresholds with deep concrete awnings, cantilevered balconies, habitable edges and built-in seats, as well as timber sliding screens. “These threshold spaces are considered as ‘rooms’ having equal importance to those within the house itself,” says Laura. These thresholds also reflect Hill Thalis’ interest in the houses of Louis Kahn and in Japanese architecture. “We were very interested in the sense of intimate thickness and deep thresholds in many of Louis Kahn’s houses, and recent travels to Japan also piqued an interest in the sense of layering and adaptability of rooms to landscapes,” Laura explains. Mountainside House Hill Thalis cc Brett Boardman open plan dining Mountainside House Hill Thalis cc Brett Boardman open dining and kitchen The timber doors and shutters can be opened and closed in response to light, mood and weather, and the depth of the concrete thresholds means many of the doors can remain open during rainfall. “The house is constantly filled with the sounds and scents of the surrounding bush,” Laura says. Inside, burnished-plaster walls reflect light and views, and limed plywood blade trusses amplify early-eastern and late-western light through the clerestory windows in the living areas. “The house can acquire many different characters through the operability of elements. It can open completely to feel very horizontal and pavilion-like. It can open to the coast, towards the forest or close down almost entirely. Any person in the house can particularise it to respond to season, weather, mood or their desire for exposure or retreat,” says Laura. Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects http://www.hillthalis.com.au/ Photography by Brett Boardman Dissection Information Turpentine cladding Australian Architectural Hardwoods Ironbark flooring Australian Architectural Hardwoods Polished plaster walls Jorge Quiceno using Proyalbi products Hardwood doors/windows/screens by Fewings joinery Carpets Tretford natural cord fibre carpets Jetmaster fireplace TOVO lighting Tolomeo lamp by Artemide Fisher and Paykel Active Smart Refrigerator Bosch oven and cooktop ASKO dishwasher Blanco sink and waste systems Astra Walker tapware in bathroom Trend mosaic glass tiles, from Bisanna Catalano basins from Rogerseller Caroma Metro toilet suites Outdoor Recycled brick paving Angelina Fire pit from Robert Plumb Royal Botania timber outdoor setting from Parterre Sofa from Anibou Artek High Chair K65 from Anibou Classicon Euvira rocking chair from Anibou Eames recliner from Living edge Atticus Dining table by Andrew Lowe from Hub Furniture Frame beds and box bedside tables from Planet Furniture Mountainside House Hill Thalis cc Brett Boardman open dining exterior Mountainside House Hill Thalis cc Brett Boardman framed corridor view Mountainside House Hill Thalis cc Brett Boardman exterior elevation We think you might also like Horizon House by Hill Thalis abc

Step inside Armadale Residence by Flack Studio

Only a mere four years since founding, one Australian design studio in particular has captured the world’s attention. Gracing a litany of Asia Pacific’s leading design awards programs – including the shortlist for the Belle Coco Republic Interior Designer Of The Year for 2018 – Flack Studio has quickly established itself as one of Australia’s most innovative and tenacious design practices. And with David Flack at the helm, I would expect nothing less. Over the past four years since throwing open its doors, Flack Studio has tackled watershed projects throughout the region and across a staggering number of sectors. Uncommonly virtuosic – in approach as in signature – each and every one of these projects nonetheless carries the distinctive Flack hallmark: sleight of hand. “Surely this is the work of magicians,” I think to myself while surveying the studio’s recent projects. Before too long, I have two raised fists in my eyes rubbing circles in a gorblimey cartoonish fashion, hardly believing what is in front of me. Here: what has to be the country’s most stylish butchery (T.O.M.S. in Victoria) that evokes the concept of ‘organic’ without any of the usual hessian yardage and rough-hewn pine clutter. There: a veritable jewellery box in real-world scale for an up-market fashion boutique (Ginger & Smart in Queensland). Wait. Butcher? Boutique? Two worlds that could not be further apart. And yet, they are both brought to realisation by the same hand. See, I told you it was a magic trick. But where you might expect him to exclaim “ta da!” with all the brilliance and éclat of one who has brought allure to a butcher shop, Flack’s sensibility is one that would rather eschew cheap theatrics for deep introspection. “Design is a journey with clients,” he says to the Australian Design Review as one of this year’s IDEA Awards jurors. “The relationship starts simply and the spaces evolve as you design and introduce them to ‘your’ world.” I assume that this experience is precisely what the recently-coined phrase ‘to Flackify’ truly means. Over the past four years I’ve heard it whispered throughout the region: from some of Melbourne’s finest restaurants like Entrecôte, to the upper climes of South Korea where projects like Caravan I and II – two charmingly realised eateries – all bear the Flack hallmark of detailing, tonality and materiality that delights the eye and thrills the touch. Needless to say that it was with the keenest of anticipation that I crossed the threshold of Armadale Residence, one of Flack Studio’s recent residential projects in Melbourne. Like the studio’s other projects, upon entry you have the peculiar feeling that you’ve happened upon a whole new world. What’s more, while navigating the home, this peculiar feeling transforms. It says: ‘this is not only a whole new world – you are a whole new you’. And it is this very quality that makes Armadale Residence exemplary of Flack’s inimitable design imagination. In the home’s restraint of colour there is a superabundance of textural depth. Revelling in the dichotomies of beauty – dark and light, refined and robust – it emerges with a personality entirely its own: one courageous, heartfelt and intelligent. Stepping inside from the overbearing activity of Melbourne you find yourself in a sanctorium of absolute calm. Here, the riotous colours of urban living cede to a serene palette of chocolatey golds, blacks, whites and greys. And much like Flack’s own sensibility, such a design prompts you back within: a retreat into mindfulness; a slower, quieter living where, womb-like, you’re immersed in total sensory profusion. In taking their clients on a journey for each and every project, Flack Studio approaches the work of design as one of intimacy. Clearly, knowing the personality – that rich, interior self – of each client underwrites the practice’s ongoing success. In the case of Armadale Residence, we see this in spades. Working within the client’s preference for a restrained colour palette, everything upon which the eye alights appears meticulously handpicked. Where a rush of colour might otherwise provide bold, visual interest, here instead the eye is unhurriedly drawn down to textural chevron timber filling the floorplate with soft geometries. Offsetting the lustre of its patina by adjacent white walls and generous use of Calacatta marble, the pristine sincerity of white allows the interventions of time and nature to shine through – whether that be in the curious knotting and ring marks of timber, or the delicate veining and variegation decorating stone surfaces. Mottling is elevated to the distinction of a masterpiece. Discolouration becomes a coveted detail. And everywhere, hand finishing on brass fixtures, trims and fittings demonstrates the incredibly granular scale at which Flack designs. Meanwhile, touches of the macroscale – particularly the use of stained American Oak joinery across the home – serves to reunite a variety of spaces into one harmonious design resolution. Streamlined, confident and fuss-free, this sense of self-assuredness carries through all elements – be it in the sleek form of the Zip HydroTap specified in the stylish rectilinear kitchen, or the expertly minute curation of tonal varieties throughout furniture, fixtures and surfaces – all reflecting a particularly contemporary approach to thoughtful living. In more ways than one, Armadale Residence’s sense of harmony offers a correctional to the excesses of our daily lives. At once insouciant and attentive, discreet and dynamic, the home declares a system of quiet contemplation as paramount. Refusing a clamour of polychromatic activity, the home looks for its hypnotic cues elsewhere. And here we note yet another instance of ‘Flackification’. Mastering the filtration of light throughout the structure, generous windows and doors frame exterior spaces in vistas and yet also serve to frame interiors spaces, too. Moving throughout the floorplan, one has the distinct impression that each separate though interconnected room visually unfurls through a succession of frames. Vestibules, corridors and artfully arranged mirrors all capture the essential charisma of the home, arresting the character of each room in a single, highly choreographed vignette. Frame upon frame opens up and seems to suggest that, with each movement from one room to another, so too are you going deeper and deeper within yourself, becoming increasingly introspective and stepping away from the overstimulation and fractured attention of your day-to-day. Suddenly you note the discreet charm of quietness assuming the material form of creative, thoughtful design. A mode, Flack proves, more enchanting than abracadabra could ever allow.  

This article originally appeared in Boilingpoint Magazine #24 by Zip Water.

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What Does Habitus House Of The Year Mean To The Local Project?

In the words of the editor, tell us a little about The Local Project: its history, its purpose and its future? The Local Project was founded by Aidan Anderson from an idea born in a dusty industrial warehouse where he was running a furniture making business. Recognising the incredible talent of the local makers, architects and designers, he experienced first hand the challenges faced in connecting these creatives with the wider community and finding a market for their work. Today, we are driven by delving into the human stories behind the projects. Telling these stories to our audience, our goal is to play a part in emphasising the importance of local design and sustainability, especially in the face of a growing trend toward disposable consumer culture. We believe that designs and products that are tangibly connected to their community and environment have a unique quality that is irreplaceable, and above all, we believe in supporting the people who make it their life’s work. This extends into our foreseeable future – we’re incredibly excited and humbled that we are in a position to showcase and champion local Australian design and the talented firms, studios and individuals. What is it about Habitus House of the Year that stands out to The Local Project? We are blown away by the calibre of the nominees, and the work that goes into curating and organising the award. Habitus House of the Year brings together the best of the best, and in doing so highlights the evolution, growth and creativity of the designers in this region. What are the shared attributes of the Australian projects that have captured your imagination? And what do you think they say about Australian architecture and the way Australians live through design? As much as it sounds contradictory, I see these projects as united by their diversity – it is fantastic to see Australian design responding so acutely to the individual context, rather than following trends. That being said, I notice there is a real focus on materials and textures, and on creating homes that are a sanctuary or refuge from the outside world. As life only gets busier and technology takes on a bigger role in our lives, the focus on natural materials and peaceful spaces seems to be perhaps a subtle reaction to this and recognition of the importance of simplicity, tactility and restraint. I think it shows maturity in Australia around design, and that we place an importance on it to shape our lives beyond simply providing something aesthetically pleasing. Each project in some way is focused on the experience of its inhabitants and on its environmental, social and/or historical context. It’s exciting to see how these foundational factors are being interpreted so differently, and how design can mediate all these elements and bring them into our lives. Speaking for The Local Project, what do you feel Habitus House of the Year adds to the local design calendar? It’s an exciting opportunity for the broader design community to get involved and have their say by voting in the People’s Choice Award. We have such a wonderful engaged, interested public who love design, it is great to see that they will take the time to vote, and it is fantastic that Habitus give them the chance to do so. Overall, Habitus House of the Year is an important chance to recognise the incredible work that our local architects and designers are doing, simply being nominated is a big honour and plays a role in getting these amazing projects out there. Why was it important that Habitus and The Local Project unite? The Local Project and Habitus both put showcasing great design for an inspired audience first, so rather than seeing ourselves as competitors, we see ourselves as united by that shared vision. Collaboration is key in order to help support and showcase great design – what better way to do it than by showcasing Australia (and Asia Pacific’s) best architectural projects and the team behind them. This is hopefully the first of many collaborative efforts around that goal.   You can read The Local Project’s take on Horizon House by Hill Thalis as part of the Habitus House of the Year here.abc
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6 Residential Exteriors That Will Stop You In Your Tracks


Boneo House by John Wardle Architects

Melbourne, VIC
Photography by Sharyn Cairns
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Boneo House


Branksome Road by Aamer Architects

Photography by Sanjay Kewlani
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Branksome Road


Cabbage Tree House by Peter Stutchbury Architects

Sydney, NSW
Photography by Michael Nicholson
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Cabbage Tree House


Glen Forrest House by Iredale Pederson Hook

Glen Forrest, WA
Photography by Peter Bennetts
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Glen Forrest House


Parekura Bay by Bossley Architects

Parekura Bay, New Zealand
Photography by Simon Devitt
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Parekura Bay


Patama's House by CASE Architects

Photography by Pirak Anurakyawachon
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Patama's House

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An Architectural Millefeuille In Indonesia

The serene and dramatic landscape of South Lombok in Indonesia remains relatively untouched by the slew of developments that have reached the country’s more populous areas in recent years, and much of the local population likes it this way. So when the local villagers bestowed the name Maleo Residence on a seven-bedroom home perched amidst the secluded hills of Jabon – maleo meaning “local bird of Indonesia” – it was a sign that the design had been with great sensitivity to the prevailing beauty of the site. The architect behind Maleo Residence, Australian-trained, Hong Kong-based Mitchel Squires, was particularly awed by the local setting and cultural resonances of the elevated South Lombok site overlooking Selong Belanak Beach. Knowing the local antipathy towards insensitive modern interventions, he wanted Maleo Residence to establish a precedent for future buildings in the area.  Maleo Residence Mitchel Squires Associates top view  Maleo Residence Mitchel Squires Associates swimming “I was really taken by its surroundings. In fact, many parts of South Lombok are fairly untouched and local villagers were watchful of the new developments,” says Mitchel. “I wanted to set the tone for properties in the area. I was conscious to build something that blended in with the landscape seamlessly by using local materials, cultural notes and even local talent.” The resulting family home is something of an architectural millefeuille, composed of layers of textural local materials – such as a palaman limestone façade – made into a geometrically pure composition of elongated box shapes. By eschewing lavish and unnecessary flourishes, the home manages to sit discreetly amidst the rolling hills, maintaining a simultaneous mix of privacy and openness with its clever arrangement of solid and void spaces.  Maleo Residence Mitchel Squires Associates exterior transition space  Maleo Residence Mitchel Squires Associates open living Inside, Bankiray timber flooring, doors and windows continue the theme of a natural, sustainable materiality. Throughout the home local flora has been sowed, after having been cultivated especially for the residence in a nearby greenhouse. As well as connecting Maleo Residence to its surroundings, the solid-void composition helps to connect the exterior to the interior. A long, transparent façade with operable sliding doors on both sides provides a direct connection with the garden below, while two closed stone blocks at both ends demarcate the private living space. These “solid” book ends add warmth and intimacy to what is otherwise a completely light and open living area. Through this clever transition from public to private, the protected yet transparent space is able to fully connect with the landscape as it changes throughout the seasons. Mitchel Squires & Associates mitchelsquires.com  Maleo Residence Mitchel Squires Associates open plan  Maleo Residence Mitchel Squires Associates open dining space  Maleo Residence Mitchel Squires Associates open dining and living  Maleo Residence Mitchel Squires Associates kitchen island bench  Maleo Residence Mitchel Squires Associates open living  Maleo Residence Mitchel Squires Associates stairs and corridor  Maleo Residence Mitchel Squires Associates master bedroom views  Maleo Residence Mitchel Squires Associates master bedroom  Maleo Residence Mitchel Squires Associates bath entrance  Maleo Residence Mitchel Squires Associates bath tub  Maleo Residence Mitchel Squires Associates doorway  Maleo Residence Mitchel Squires Associates bedroom  Maleo Residence Mitchel Squires Associates bunk beds  Maleo Residence Mitchel Squires Associates bunk beds and study  Maleo Residence Mitchel Squires Associates exterior elevation We think you might also like Karensui Hotel by Yiduan Shanghai Interior Designabc
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How This Old Church Became A New Family Home

Church House is the extension and adaptation of a heritage listed church (‘Church of Transfiguration’, 1924) in the Brisbane suburb of Norman Park. The homeowners, a young family, sought a response to the site that would support and enhance their active lifestyle and love of the outdoors. Rising to the challenge of synthesising the new residence with the materiality and formal language of the historic church, architect David Hansford of DAH Architecture adopted a bold approach to manipulating both the site terrain and to interfacing with the existing structure. “A new tennis court and subterranean garage were planned to enhance the church’s prominent standing within the topography with the landscaping surrounding the church cascading seamlessly onto a raised lawn,” explains David. Church House DAH Architecture cc Cathy Schusler backyard elevation David and interior designer Georgia Cannon, who worked collaboratively on the project, have resolved the relationship between the traditional, red brick fabric of the church and the new extension by creating a metal wrapped glass and concrete shell extension. “Contemporary, raw materials were selected to complement the church without trying to mimic it,” says David. “We deliberately selected a modern brick profile to clad the functional zone on the lower level as a subtle reference to the history of the original building, whilst the rest of the finishes were kept pared back so as not to compete with the bricks,” adds Georgia. Programmatically, the spatial planning of the dwelling revolves around harmonising the various private, semi-private and public spaces. David has dedicated the church itself to the “public” entertaining spaces (incorporating an open plan area for kitchen, dining and living) and a new mezzanine home office. These spaces connect to the bedrooms via a bridge, a zinc-clad link that David refers to as “venn diagram of sorts”. Church House DAH Architecture cc Cathy Schusler kitchen island bench Church House DAH Architecture cc Cathy Schusler kitchen The interiors draw on the vigorous language of the architecture. “Our clients were after finishes that were robust enough to suit the rough and tumble of active kids and pets without sacrificing a bit of glamour,” explains Georgia. “They really wanted their home to be a showpiece.” Elements of timber and brass were introduced to add warmth to the palette. Whilst the site is afforded uninterrupted views across the city, the orientation is predominantly west, which raised some significant challenges in terms of the house’s passive performance. “Passive performance was [nonetheless] achieved through spatial planning and providing connections that function at different times of the day/year,” explains David. “By hanging the second floor from the roof structure we were able to allow unobstructed sight lines not only from the rear to the front of the block and across the pool to the mountains beyond but also from the kitchen across the dining area to church exterior.” In addition, spatial arrangements optimise passive heating and cooling strategies through the integration of extensive shading elements, water harvesting and photovoltaic solar power. DAH Architecture daharchitecture.com.au Georgia Cannon georgiacannon.com Photography by Cathy Schusler Dissection Information Appiani bathroom tiles from Classic Ceramics Artwork sources from TW Fine Art La Paloma Bricks from Austral Bricks Architectural Window Systems Church House DAH Architecture cc Cathy Schusler open living and kitchen Church House DAH Architecture cc Cathy Schusler chair lounge details Church House DAH Architecture cc Cathy Schusler open living and dining Church House DAH Architecture cc Cathy Schusler dining space Church House DAH Architecture cc Cathy Schusler stairs Church House DAH Architecture cc Cathy Schusler indoor outdoor Church House DAH Architecture cc Cathy Schusler masterbed Church House DAH Architecture cc Cathy Schusler masterbed and ensuite Church House DAH Architecture cc Cathy Schusler powder room Church House DAH Architecture cc Cathy Schusler balcont Church House DAH Architecture cc Cathy Schusler pool terrace entrance Church House DAH Architecture cc Cathy Schusler pool terrace Church House DAH Architecture cc Cathy Schusler outdoor recreational space Church House DAH Architecture cc Cathy Schusler tennis court Church House DAH Architecture cc Cathy Schusler backyard We think you might also like Hollywood Home by David Hicksabc
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Hello Yellow Brick Home: Binary House By Christopher Polly Architect

The modest and familiar 20th century brick-veneer house is ubiquitous across Australia, associated with twentieth-century middle-class suburbia. They were easy to build, relatively affordable and designed for family living. Unlike Victorian terraces, Federation villas and Queenslanders they had no notable characteristics and minimal decoration. And unlike those older housing typologies, we rarely see them receive a makeover that attracts attention. Christopher Polly Architect undertook a renovation and addition to this 1960s yellow-brick house in Woolooware, Sydney. The young couple moved from Melbourne to Sydney and wanted a home to accommodate their way of living and their energetic Kelpie, Ian. Named Binary House, their new home is composed of two independent but connected structures that engage with each other visually and materially, inspired by the yellow-brick façade. The front is one-storey, compartmentalised and private. The rear is two-storey, open and communal. Christopher preserved the 1960s house for its cultural value and contribution to the streetscape as well as for environmental and budgetary reasons. It accommodates bedrooms, bathrooms and laundry. Vaulted skylights bring natural light into the centre of the house. Binary House Christopher Polly Architect cc Brett Boardman open plan living Binary House Christopher Polly Architect cc Brett Boardman outdoor living A connecting passage with a sharply folded roof provides the transition from the front hall to the expansive rear living space. Courtyards to either side allow for light, ventilation, landscaping and the interplay of private and public spaces. Sliding glass doors provide views of the original brick exterior, which serves a backdrop to the new two-storey pavilion. The kitchen, dining and living area is on the ground floor, and a staircase continues on from the front entry hallway to provide access upstairs. The living area has a double-height ceiling and flexible upper-floor sitting room, which is adaptable as a bedroom, study and additional room for the owners to grow into, floats above the kitchen. Large windows offer views of the landscape, sky and sunset, and the pinched-in rear roof profile allows greater sunlight penetration in winter. This is mirrored in the edge of the cantilevered terrace and sculpted steps, which double as seating. Binary House Christopher Polly Architect cc Brett Boardman living space Binary House Christopher Polly Architect cc Brett Boardman kitchen dining The visual connection between the two structures is also reinforced materially, as the interior palette of the new and old is inspired by the exterior palette of the original. Honey-coloured hoop pine ply and joinery, and soft grey-coloured concrete walls and burnished concrete floors complement the yellow brick and grey metal. Composed of two structures, Binary House is unassuming and familiar from the front, while being bold and surprising from the rear. Christopher Polly Architect has preserved and respected the 20th century character and heritage of the commonplace brick-veneer home, while providing a contemporary extension for modern-day living. Christopher Polly Architect christopherpolly.com Photography by Brett Boardman Dissection Information Bluescope Colorbond ‘Monument’ roofing and exterior walls In-situ formed concrete wall Burnished concrete slab floor Blackbutt timber flooring Hoop pine BB plywood ceiling, joinery and bedroom wall Caesarstone ‘Sleek Concrete’ benchtops and splashback Academy Tiles Everstone Mid Grey Porcelain bathroom floor tiles Paris Au Mois d’Aout Josephine pendants Muuto Ambit pendants Norsu Bentu Qie bamboo and concrete pendants Interwood Milano dining table Saarinen Grasshopper armchair OX Denmarq KS Black chair, cognac leather Eames wire base table Aalto Stool 60 stools Milk & Sugar woven floor ottoman Milkcart Jetson bedroom side tables Armadillo & Co rugs Binary House Christopher Polly Architect cc Brett Boardman bedroom Binary House Christopher Polly Architect cc Brett Boardman bathroom Binary House Christopher Polly Architect cc Brett Boardman shower and vanity Binary House Christopher Polly Architect cc Brett Boardman alleyway Binary House Christopher Polly Architect cc Brett Boardman exteriorBinary House Christopher Polly Architect cc Brett Boardman courtyard We think you might also like Small Footprint Living by Whiting Architects  abc

Celebrating World Class Glass – Riedel Performance

The accumulation of four decades of research, Performance is the finest Riedel glassware collection yet. The ideal way to honour the finest wine deserved the ideal party, and Sydney’s renowned Quay restaurant were up to the task. Since the introduction of the original Sommeliers series in the 1970s, the Riedel brand has become deservingly acclaimed for its ingenuity in the world of fine wine glasses. In 2018, a collaboration between the 10th and 11th generations of the Riedel family led to the creation of Performance. Father and son Georg and Maximilian Riedel joined forces to bring wine connoisseurs the brand’s most technologically advanced series ever – combining decades of experience in grape varietal specific glassware with an optic design that heightens the drinker’s experience. Riedel CEO Maximilian says “My father and I have been working together for the last 20 years but always on the business side. He always walked his path of “design follows function”, and for me it was more of the creative side. We met somewhere in the middle” The result is a collection that sparkles in design, and honours any wine that it houses. Compared to typical wine glasses, Performance shows more minerality than fruit, and shows more of the terroir of each wine. The real miracle of the design is the increased length of the aftertaste and the structure on the palate. This is glass design that functions beyond beauty – truly transforming the way a wine drinker appreciates each varietal. We raise a glass to Riedel and the Performance range, and congratulate the team of a wonderful launch, and an even more wonderful collection of truly designer glassware. Riedel riedel.com [gallery columns="5" ids="80845,80846,80847,80848,80849,80850,80851,80852,80853,80854,80855,80856,80857,80858,80859,80860,80861,80862,80863,80864,80865,80866,80867,80868,80869,80870,80871,80872,80873,80874,80875,80876,80877,80878,80879,80880,80881,80882,80883,80884,80885,80886,80887,80888,80889,80890,80891,80892,80893,80894,80895,80896,80897,80898,80899,80900,80901,80902,80903,80904,80905,80906,80907,80908,80909,80910,80911,80912,80913,80914,80915,80916,80917,80918,80919,80920,80921,80922,80923,80924,80925,80926,80927,80928,80929,80930"]abc
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Red Hill Farm House By Carr And Jackson Clements Burrows

We often talk about place-driven design like it’s the easiest thing in the world, as if it’s just a matter of throwing in some local flora and getting the right earthy paint colours – but truly breathtaking place-driven design is so much more than that. Few, if any in fact, do this better than premiere Australian practice, Carr. Time and again they continue to demonstrate the gold standard for expressing location in their designs (think Jackalope, United Places, Collins Square or even University of Sydney) and their latest project, Red Hill Farm House – based on a concept created by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects – is certainly no exception. With views defined by sweeping paddocks dotted with livestock and distant glimpses of a horseshoe shaped coastline, a house sits embedded in the landscape with a subtlety and restraint that belies its function as a hard working family home exposed to the elements including often ferocious weather patterns. Red Hill Farm House Carr cc Sharyn Cairns farmstead Red Hill Farm House Carr cc Sharyn Cairns exterior In a celebration of the surrounding architectural and design vernacular but with a modern, contemporary interpretation, this home exudes a rural character but with an appropriateness to function imbedded deep in its design. The team notes: “The design intentionally omits ornamentation seeking to minimise the palette of materials. The predominance of the vertical blackened timber cladding defines the façade materiality and, when glimpsed from within, acts to constantly remind occupants of the rural narrative.” Red Hill Farm House Carr cc Sharyn Cairns corridor staircase Red Hill Farm House Carr cc Sharyn Cairns dining bar What is really beautiful here is the strong connectivity between house and rural landscape. Here, the design approach is deeply considered contributing to the contemporary character of the project. The design leaves out tacky ornamentation you might usually see in a project such as this, and instead seeks to minimise the palette of materials accentuating the utilitarian nature of the property and its reductionist approach. Every detail in this project has a level of authenticity, making the connection between design and place all the more genuine. Here, materials and details are drawn from tradition and a sense of honesty expressed by the functional nature of a continuous polished concrete floor surface from inside to out. Multiple floor levels respond to the natural fall of the surrounding landscape and delineate activity, whilst a tough materiality of blackened timber, steel, glass, natural stone and concrete are featured in unrestrained sophistication balanced by a softness in the warm oak lining to the ceiling and joinery piece. “A strong connectivity to the local rural vernacular and the equine business that operates from its stables was key,” say the team. “Full height glazed openings punctuate corridors perfectly framing a constant unexpected unfolding of farm life as horses and their foals appear randomly at windows-inquisitive and majestic-framed like a renaissance artwork.” Red Hill Farm House Carr cc Sharyn Cairns kitchen Red Hill Farm House Carr cc Sharyn Cairns formal dining The warmth of a soft oak lined ceiling for example, provides a strong connection to the rural language appearing to punch through the perimeter wall to form the underside of the external eaves. Concealed pivot hinges and custom steel door handles add strength and a sense of purity to solid blackened full height timber doors and act to define the main entrance. Colours and detailing allude to century old barns whilst a predominantly monochromatic palette is tempered by the surrounding pastoral landscape. Once can only hope that this brand of place-driven design becomes more and more pervasive. Carr (Interior design) carr.net.au

Jackson Clements Burrows (Design Concept) jcba.com.au

Photography by Sharyn Cairns Red Hill Farm House Carr cc Sharyn Cairns living Red Hill Farm House Carr cc Sharyn Cairns study Red Hill Farm House Carr cc Sharyn Cairns entrance Red Hill Farm House Carr cc Sharyn Cairns garden Red Hill Farm House Carr cc Sharyn Cairns view Red Hill Farm House Carr cc Sharyn Cairns pool We think you might also like Frame House by Carrabc
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Frogmore Creek’s The Lounge Comes To Life In Hobart

Comfort is a special thing. It also shouldn’t be underrated in settings outside of the home. Your favourite coffee spot, for example, will no doubt have great food but also a certain amount of comfort that makes it that much better. When Frogmore Creek set out to open a new restaurant in the heart of Hobart, the team brought this same way of thinking. It needed to be a restaurant that would speak to the brand values and give its patrons a sense of luxury, with a welcoming embrace. The design team was comprised of Frogmore Creek’s CEO James Skabo, the marketing and brand director Shelley Temata, and executive chef Ruben Koopman. The trio oversaw every aspect of the project – selecting and finalising all the details from the furniture to the custom-made cutlery and high impact finishes. But a distinctive challenge arose in the process. As a functioning restaurant, the material selection needed to meet commercial grade standards, while not overpowering the desired elegant feel. The 475-square-metre venue features a mix of spaces and an exposed kitchen, which would traditionally be kitted out with swathes of stainless steel. The design team decided to steer clear of the more cold-looking stainless steel and instead used a range of Dekton surfaces that could endure the use of a commercial kitchen while giving the finish of a home kitchen. The result is that all the commercial elements are concealed from view and the space has a polished, elegant and plush finish. The atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed, yet exudes a high-end, exclusive feel. From the comfortable seating arrangements in the front bar, all the way through the more formal dining area, The Lounge by Frogmore Creek is a space that invites you to relax and enjoy some true Tasmanian hospitality. It’s like a beautiful home away from home. Frogmore Creek frogmorecreek.com.au Cosentino cosentino.com/en-au Dissections Project: The Lounge, Frogmore Creek Location: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia Completed: October 2017 Design: Shelley Temata, Marketing and Brand Manager, Frogmore Creek; Ruben Koopman, Hospitality Director and Executive Chef, Frogmore Creek Constructor: Voss Construction [gallery columns="4" ids="80818,80819,80820,80823,80821,80822,80824,80825"] Cosentino materials: Kitchen and bar benchtops: Dekton® Sirius; 12 mm thick; 60 sqm (30 sqm each) Kitchen pass, servery and splashback: Dekton® Kelya; 12 mm thick; 30 sqm Bar benchtop: Dekton® Sirius; 12 mm; 5 sqm Front of bar: Dekton® XGloss Blaze; 12 mm; 12 sqm Dining tables: Dekton® Trilium; 20 mm; 9 sqm. Bathroom walls: Dekton® Spectra, 8 mm; 40 sqm Bathroom benchtops: Dekton® Sirius Want more kitchen inspiration? Step inside the home of one of Australia's most popular food bloggers.abc
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Honed Surfaces For Considered Design

The new honed surfaces from Smartstone are the perfect solution for offering a natural stone aesthetic while still delivering Smartstone’s well-established superior durability. “Responding to market demand, the Naturale Collection is manufactured using the most advanced technology to offer honed surfaces that combine superior qualities of durability and beauty,” says Belinda Kelaher, Managing Director of Smartstone Australia. The Naturale Collection of honed surfaces can be used on a near-endless list of applications, ideal for changing your kitchen or bathroom benchtops into designer pieces. The five new honed surfaces from Smartstone in the Naturale Collection are… Ash Naturale – a warm yet edgy dark grey surface with subtle veining.​ Blanco Naturale – a beautiful, flat putty white with a silky finish. Borghini Naturale – veined with soft, grey tones and a dewy finish. Concreto Naturale – a raw, industrial concrete-look surface with an organic pattern. Gris Naturale – a speckled, steel-grey surface in consistent fine-grained quartz. The Naturale Collection features a larger slab size of 3200 x 1600mm, making it highly cost effective with greater design possibilities, and the surfaces are awarded all Smartstone Certifications and come with the Smartstone 15-year Limited Warranty. Smartstone smartstone.com.au abc