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Celebrate The Launch Of The New Skheme Showroom

Sydney’s Skheme is known in the design world for being one of Australia’s premier tile and stone suppliers, and now they’ve got the showroom to match. The custom designed showroom in Rushcutters Bay marks a move for the Skheme team from their original home in Rozelle, now situated in the heart of Sydney’s Design and Architectural community. “The design brief was to make the showroom simple, architectural, engaging and easy to navigate in complete cohesion with our website,” says Skheme Director Marco De Clerico “We drew inspiration from the architect Mies Van Der Rohe” Knowing the value of great collaboration, the showroom was designed using a range of contractors, such as as GP2 Projects who did the design and construction, Man of Steel, Premium Joinery and Ellerman Tiling. The Showroom features purely custom designed features including a workbench clad in natural stone Flutes, the Farrago table designed inhouse, and the Cupboard Door Colour Range, showcasing a vast range of tile and stone products. Upon launching the showroom, Skheme held an exclusive party for some of the local design community’s best and brightest. The evening was a great success and a great sign of things to come for the team’s new showroom. We gladly raise a glass to Skheme and can’t wait to see the projects that come from this great showcase of fine tile and stone. Skheme skheme.com [gallery columns="4" ids="82747,82748,82749,82750,82751,82752,82753,82754,82755,82756,82757,82758,82759,82760,82761,82762,82763,82764,82765,82766,82767,82768,82769,82770,82771,82772,82773,82774,82775,82776,82777,82778,82779,82780,82781,82782,82783,82784,82785,82786,82787,82788,82789,82790,82791,82792,82793,82794,82795,82796,82797,82798,82799,82800,82801,82802,82803,82804,82805,82806,82807,82808,82809,82810,82811,82812,82813,82814,82815,82816,82817,82818,82819,82820,82821,82822,82823,82824"]abc
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Delight Yourself With Dyson’s New Task Light

Driven by the desire to design for function in a world of expensive electronics that quickly become disposable, Jake Dyson, Research and Development Director and Chief Lighting Engineer at Dyson introduced the CSYS light. Dyson elevated LED globes, reworking them into an electronic treasure that lasts close to a lifetime. When LED bulbs were first introduced to the market, it created a buzz worldwide as an energy-efficient solution. Unfortunately, as LED bulbs are exposed to heat, they get damaged and lasts only three months instead of the projected year. Aimed at creating an efficient solution based on an existing product, Jake utilises heat pipe technology, evident in computers, to cool LEDs. This is evident in the CSYS task light, which lasts over 145,000 hours or in other words, more than 37 years. A seamless marriage between technology and functionality, CSYS task lights are integrated with touch-sensitive, precision dimming that smartly remembers user’s most recent light level setting. Additionally, each of the eight LEDs is housed in a conical reflector to reduce glare and provide warm, white light. The 3-Axis Glide Motion allows users to position the light exactly where they need. Inspired by a construction crane, the counterweight pulley system allows the arm to steadily move vertically. Differing from other conventional desk lights that rely on springs and pivots to stay in position, the zinc alloy base of CSYS is weighted to increase stability as it rotates 360-degrees. Uniquely screaming “good design”, CSYS moves up and down with frictionless ease. CSYS Desk Task Light Range comes in black, silver, or white. Alternatively, it is also available as a floor lamp and a clamp. Dyson dyson.com.au abc
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Andrea Stevens On Habitus House Of The Year

As a long-time Habitus contributor, what strongly draws me to the title is how it is regional rather than local or international. It puts a lens on this part of the world and offers a dynamic discussion about the architecture and design of Southeast Asian and Australasian. Through its careful curation and interest in experimental architecture, it’s packed with a very diverse range of projects and points of view. From sub-Antarctic Queenstown to tropical Singapore, the climates, landscapes, structures, materials, forms, cultural and spatial differences present a fascinating cross-section made all the more interesting for their contrast. The different approaches represented challenge us to consider architecture for its cultural and economic expression as much for its design and aesthetics. Beyond ‘real estate’ – that disturbing view of housing as a commodity – Habitus asks us to consider architecture in a deeper way. So for me, Habitus House of the Year is a celebration and recognition of the cultural and artistic diversity we have in our region. How close we are geographically, yet how different our contexts and design sensibilities are. The five houses that represent New Zealand architecture in the 2018 House of the Year selection provide a glimpse into a New Zealand œuvre. Our deference to the natural landscape; the need to protect interiors from the harsh sun, heavy and frequent rain; and a love affair with timber and natural materials. We have featured Bossley Architects, Strachan Group Architects, Guy Tarrant Architects, Studio2Architects and Paterson Collective Architecture covering coastal, rural, suburban and city fringe sites. The houses represent architects and clients who are interested in ideas-driven architecture, authenticity and integrity of construction. All very different in materials, form and setting, the similarities are in an understated exterior, casual family spaces and experimentation with materials. Three of the projects connect with humble rural typologies (even Strachan’s city house), while the Tarrant and Bossley houses break residential typologies and appear more like civic or industrial architecture. As a selection, they offer a fascinating view into New Zealand architecture in the age of personal mobile devices, as family life disperses and collects in a wider range of settings. abc
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Can Multi-Residential Buildings Feel More Human?

The Arts and Crafts movement emerged in the nineteenth century as a reaction to industrialisation, as theorists and designers placed value on craftsmanship and natural materials and looked to nature for inspiration. Calibre is a new multi-residential development designed by Koichi Takada Architects – and much like the Arts and Crafts movement, it responds to the mass-produced, standardised and impersonal architecture of many modern apartment blocks, by focusing on craft and nature to create a more human relationship between residents and their environment. “Today we are so exposed to the fast pace of living and we long for the opposite. Calibre is a representation of that,” says architect Koichi Takada himself. Developed in Surry Hills, Calibre is surrounded by dense urban buildings. However, Surry Hills is also a leafy inner-city neighbourhood with views of the city skyline, and these two characteristics influenced the design. “Most of the trees are taller than the terrace houses in Surry Hills,” Koichi explains. “We wanted to embody the trees rather than the surrounding buildings, and to connect to the landscape rather than the cityscape.” [gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="82259,82265"] The nine-storey building has an undulating façade with timber-batten screens to evoke the natural shapes and vertical lines of a forest and tree canopy. Dappled light filters through the timber-slatted screens to mimic the surrounding trees. There are 18 north-facing apartments each with deep balconies and floor-to-ceiling glazing. The lower apartments have timber battens around the balconies for privacy, while the higher apartments have glass so as not to obstruct enviable city views. The apartments are designed to feel light and open, rather than confined by the solid massing of the wall. “This also relates back to nature and the way in which tree canopies are supported by one large trunk,” Koichi says. There is a strong focus on details and materials, which include terrazzo, brass, natural stone and timber laminate, ensuring timelessness in both looks and longevity. Calibre Koichi Takada and Kengo Kuma indoor outdoor living Koichi describes Calibre as a smaller scale of what his practice aims to achieve in its taller towers, allowing an even greater focus on craftsmanship. Inspired by Calibre, he is now working on an even smaller scale project designing and crafting chopsticks, for instance. “The more I work on bigger buildings, the more I crave working on smaller objects. Chopsticks require a very human touch; you use your fingers and your hand and you feel them,” he says. Working to this very small scale to understand the relationship between user and object will no doubt continue to influence the design of Koichi’s larger projects as, like Calibre – and the Arts and Crafts movement – the architectural practice seeks to craft a more personal and human relationship. Koichi Takada koichitakada.com Photography courtesy of Koichi Takada Architects Calibre Koichi Takada and Kengo Kuma bedroom Calibre Koichi Takada and Kengo Kuma bathroom Calibre Koichi Takada and Kengo Kuma open living and kitchen We think you might also like Namly View House by Wallflower Architecture + Design  abc
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Koichi Takada And Kengo Kuma Naturalise Architecture In Sydney

According to Japanese-born, Sydney-based architect Koichi Takada “naturalising architecture” is part of his role as an architect: “I feel responsibility towards reversing the cycle of civilisation and bringing nature back into architecture – we need to create breathing space.” At ‘In Conversation’, an event run as part of the SCCI Architecture Hub in October, Koichi came together with internationally-renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma to discuss their approaches to naturalising architecture. Exploring a series of their own projects, as well as the first collaboration between their firms in the form of The Mastery – a mixed-use, multi-residential development in Waterloo – they unpacked the process of integrating nature in their work. Ultimately, the conversation gave an insight into their shared values and the intersections of their careers – Koichi first met Kengo when he was studying in London and Kengo visited as one of nine young, promising architects from Japan. The concept of naturalising architecture is interpreted and realised in a variety of ways across both Kengo and Koichi’s designs. Kengo Kuma is celebrated for his intricate, carefully crafted buildings which often employ natural materials and traditional Japanese craftsmanship. His buildings frequently bear reference to traditional Japanese archetypes such as the torii (a traditional Japanese gate which commonly bridges the gap between nature and the city, or the mundane and the sacred) or engawa (the in-between space found in Japanese buildings which is neither interior, nor exterior). Koichi Takada and Kengo Kuma cc Daniel Asher Smith portrait Koichi Takada credits ‘Kuma-san’ with paving the way for architects, such as himself, to use natural materials and embed nature in their process. Kengo recalls that university, for him, was a place where they encouraged predominantly the use of concrete and steel. Koichi remembers a similar trajectory for himself, albeit many years later: “I studied Tadao Ando a lot before looking to Kuma-san. Ando was a national hero – he rediscovered the potentials of concrete – but Kuma was a new generation. He brought back these natural and traditional elements – multiple, fragile, ephemeral elements – that, in combination, were strong. People started to resist concrete, seeing it instead as being too cold and institutional. That is where I came in.” In Sydney, Koichi’s firm is working on a number of new developments. There is Arc in the CBD and Infinity in Green Square (both Crown Group projects), and, of course, The Mastery – the result of a partnership between Kengo, Koichi and architect Silvester Fuller. In The Mastery, which comprises 374 luxury apartments across five buildings, they wanted to avoid a complex that acts as a city within a city: “One approach is to celebrate diversity in mixed-use. We decided to focus on one culture and celebrate it in more depth. We chose Japanese – there are Chinatowns all over the world but there are not many Japan-towns. We tried to create a neighbourhood. We looked at the importance of the building design as well as the in-between spaces, like streetscapes. We looked at the cultural theme, the different prefectures or cultural artefacts that can contribute to this area and create a cultural focus. Architecturally-speaking it’s about bringing warmth back into the area – in materials and landscape. Equally, it’s about opening calming spaces where people can meditate and get a sense of calm and quiet.” The dedication of both architects to naturalising architecture is clear, as is their respect for each other. The unique relationship between Koichi and Kengo is summed up, half-jokingly, by Koichi who draws a comparison between them and professional tennis’ newest rivals Japanese-American Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams: “Naomi learns from Serena, but she also takes it to the next level, our contemporary, fast-paced lifestyle can be adapted and made into a strength. I think we are finding our own language after learning from masters”. Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas scci.org.au Kochia Takada Architects koichitakada.com Kengo Kuma & Associates kkaa.co.jp Photography by Daniel Asher Smith Koichi Takada and Kengo Kuma cc Daniel Asher Smith in conversation We think you might also this profile on Tadao Andoabc
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Celebrating The Launch Of The Outdoor Designer Store

The launch of Outdoor Designer Store at GARDEN LIFE in Sydney's St Peters was an opportunity to celebrate a new design hot spot, as well as the coming warmer months and the design opportunities they present us. In attendance with Outdoor Design Store staff and friends were some of Sydney's best designers, suppliers and design lovers. An opportunity to network, catch up, enjoy a sumptuous spread and glass or two of wine, the night was a great success with guests revelling in the outdoor designer furniture and stylings on display. “It is our goal to be recognised nationally as the go to destination to source premium outdoor products," remarked founder Nicholas Hadji, "A platform that represents major brands but also one that exposes product leaders of the future.”  We're very excited to see a new outdoor design specialise on the Sydney scene, especially as we move into summer. So cheers to the Outdoor Designer Store! We can't wait to see what you've got planned. Outdoor Designer Store outdoordesignerstore.com.au [gallery columns="5" ids="82542,82543,82544,82545,82546,82547,82548,82549,82550,82551,82552,82553,82554,82555,82556,82557,82558,82559,82560,82561,82562,82563,82564,82565,82566,82567,82568,82569,82570,82571,82572,82573,82574,82575,82576,82577,82578,82579,82580,82581,82582,82583,82584,82585,82586,82587,82588,82589,82590,82591,82592,82593,82594,82595,82596,82597,82598,82599,82600,82601,82602,82603,82604,82605,82606,82607,82608,82609,82610,82611,82612,82613,82614,82615,82616,82617,82618,82619,82620,82621,82622,82623,82624,82625,82626,82627,82628,82629,82630,82631,82632,82633,82634"]abc
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X+O Bring Brutalist Interior Architecture To A Café In Ubud, Bali

Surrounded by lush rainforest and terraced rice paddies, Ubud in Bali is a highland town that attracts tourists for its landscape, temples and cuisine. Full Circle by Expat. Roasters is a recent addition to the Ubud scene. Designed by Sydney studio X+O, the interior architecture of the brew bar is inspired by the local environment and relaxed atmosphere of Ubud, with the rice fields, Monkey Forest and casual vibe translated into the architecture and materiality. “The client asked us to take the Expat. Roasters brand and give it a relaxed, local Ubud feel. This resulted in the sleek, minimalist, modern look infused with organic elements and local storytelling,” says Rebecca Vulic, design director of X+O, who collaborated with A+A Architecture in Jakarta for local sourcing and on-the-ground execution. XO Full Circle Bali CC Sheila Man bar cafe seating types Located in the new Artotel, Full Circle attracts single travellers, groups, day trippers, locals and hotel guests. X+O configured with space with a variety of zones to cater to different customer groups and to provide varied outlooks or experiences, encouraging them to return. “We needed to facilitate seating for the coffee curious at the bar, for the time poor who want a quick grab-and-go coffee and snack, and for those who want to stay longer and indulge over a few drinks and a nice meal,” Rebecca says. “We didn’t just consider the horizontal plane, but also thought about the vertical and how in each corner of the space you will have an entirely different view and experience.” The venue is designed around a communal and interactive espresso bar. The canopy above is inspired by the Monkey Forest and greenery evokes the local Ubud environment. Sculptural concrete booths adjacent to the bar offer a more private experience. The strong geometric angles reference the Expat. Roasters brand while local teak creates a more relaxed feel. XO Full Circle Bali CC Sheila Man interior materials and textures The terraced rice fields are translated into different levels in the space, with the various steps creating different zones and seating arrangements. A corner with tiered seating has fixed tables, cushions and locally produced sisal rugs; the whiskey bar upstairs overlooks the brew bar, and concrete steps provide additional seating inside and out. X+O experimented with concrete and terrazzo to create interesting architectural elements and furniture in each zone. Pressed bamboo concrete on the espresso bar is a modern interpretation of the local and traditional material, the terrazzo flooring suggests rice grains, reimagined with small and large stones. XO Full Circle Bali CC Sheila Man chair seating pod details Artist Tazroc hand painted the colourful tile mural, which depicts the monkey forest, highlighting local flora, fauna and coffee beans, and bringing the brand story to life. The hugging hands of the Expat. Roasters logo is also expressed in rounded features throughout the space, including the forms of the stools, chairs and banquette seats – “as if hugging customers as they experience the space,” says Rebecca. “We are proud that we have been able to create moments within a space that bring people together and create a sense of community in a place where people from all walks of life come to visit,” says Rebecca. “The architecture facilitates a dialogue between locals and travellers allowing tourists to have a lasting impression of the space.” X+O xpluso.co Photography by Sheila Man XO Full Circle Bali CC Sheila Man material palette and seating types XO Full Circle Bali CC Sheila Man greenery and nature in interior cafe XO Full Circle Bali CC Sheila Man local design materials wall feature XO Full Circle Bali CC Sheila Man floor step details XO Full Circle Bali CC Sheila Man outdoor seating concrete bench We also think you might like A Cultural Guide to Café Design.abc
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NZ’s The New On Habitus House Of The Year

Habitus House of the Year awards are a unique addition to the many region-specific awards, bringing together all countries under its masthead to champion the leading-edge creative outcomes we’re seeing in our part of the world. Here are a few of my favourite aspects from the New Zealand Habitus House of the Year selections…

Point Wells House by Paterson Architecture Collective & Steven Lloyd Architecture

Point Well House Habitus Living The Point Wells house, resting on a rural idyll two hours north of Auckland city, has much of the vocab of a classic kiwi farm shed. I love the striking simplicity of its 45-degree roof – a form that’s iconic in our pastoral nation. Elements such as the poured concrete steps and roughly sawn timber framing further express the rural barn vernacular. But then, on closer inspection, are wonderfully modern, minimalistic details (like the complete lack of bargeboards, for example) that make the rustic, refined. Point Well House Habitus Living Another element I adore in this home is its play of shadows and dappled light. The architects have been very deliberate with the amount and intensity of light the house lets in, creating depth and drama in quiet spaces, and illuminating others. It’s restful, contemplative and intimate. That atmospheric light, together with the floor to ceiling timber cladding, the grand cathedral ceilings and the relatively long, narrow volumes, reminds me of a settlement-era rural chapel. The New Zealand countryside is dotted with these little buildings – they have a place in the heart of our nation.  

339 House by Strachan Group Architects

339 Mount Eden Road sits sandwiched between blocks of flats on two sides, and being on the main artery into New Zealand’s largest city, is subjected to the noise and fumes of twenty thousand cars, trucks and city buses passing each day. Not exactly an attractive proposition, right? But the constraints of the site were, for architect David Strachan, less a challenge than an opportunity for an original, beautiful solution. 339 House Habitus living 339 House Habitus living Strachan’s design blinkers out the neighbours and filters both noise and fumes from that busy road – but whilst the design maximises peace and privacy, it also maximises space, light and views. The resulting home is a masterclass in how New Zealand architecture can creatively respond to our increasingly intense urban sites.  

Hahei House by Studio2 Architects

If there is such a thing as The Kiwi Dream, the sort you say you’ll live out if you win Lotto, a beach house at Hahei would surely be part of it. Hahei House Habitus Living I greatly respect that this house was designed in deference to what was here before it. Studio 2 could have flattened the site, but instead chose to work with the land. From the beach, sitting low behind a large dune, the true size of the home is downplayed. It reads a bit like a beautifully sun-bleached, salt-weather piece of driftwood, with its silvered cedar, sandstone and light grey roofing. Inside, the high stud, superb materiality and statement elements (that suspended fireplace!) hint at drama and luxury, but the palette of neutral tones and natural textures keep the look unassuming. It’s a muted, restful aesthetic that refuses to compete with those views, instead,  allowing your eyes to soften and your gaze to be drawn outward to the ocean. The interior is lined with American Oak, giving the feel of an old cabin or a boat, and is a nod to the home that sat here first – a tongue-and-groove-lined Lockwood, that classic of kiwi architecture. All five New Zealand homes chosen for Habitus’ inaugural honours are indeed exceptional examples of how my country lives through design – be that in our fast-growing cosmopolitan cities, on our unspoilt beaches or in our idyllic countryside. The New is an online journal dedicated to showcasing the very best of New Zealand design.abc
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The Elica Bio Island RangeHood — Traditional & innovative

Kitchen design is something important to all households. A significant portion of our time is spent preparing or enjoying food, so design that best enables this to be easy and pleasurable is of the utmost importance – let alone the value of aesthetics! Bio is the new Elica hood that helps this human design process. The use of silk white, combined with natural wood, allows for enormous versatility of matching on all spaces. The hood becomes an exclusive piece of furniture that combines nature and the highest of home technology in terms of suction, silence and filtration efficiency. Designed to be work in both wall and island hood designs, the Bio hood embraces practicality through the use of shelves that make the product fully integrated with the kitchen project. Designed by Elica with an innovative Tune-White function, this allows you to adjust the white tone of the lighting to optimise the hood light to the other light points in the kitchen. This variable option allowed you to create the environment best suited to your tastes and needs, and mix it up depending on mood and function. Equipped with a tablet or smartphone holder and two USB charging sockets, Bio is enriched by advanced technology. The traditional and classic design of the hood’s aesthetics is married with tech that allows you to automatically aspirate the optimal amount of vapour in the air. This expression of form meeting function is ideal for kitchens of any design. The Bio hood comes combines a rich design history of kitchen hoods with the highest technological advantages. The Elica Bio hood is available in Australia through the design experts at Residentia. Residentia residentia.group abc
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Habitus Loves… A Bourgeois Bedroom

The Finley Bed from Jardan

Combining a solid American Oak frame and vegetable tanned leather sling, Finley echoes the modernist aesthetics with it's honesty to the raw material. Finley is also available with a timber headboard. Jardan Finley Bed Jardan king size bed  

The Alternated Cabinet from Planet Furniture

A feature piece that stands apart from other options on the market, the Alternated Cabinet is made from solid engineered spotted gum, with solid edging and veneer internals with solid edging. A mirrored back is optional and the height adjustable shelves suit glassware and ceramics, clothes or bedding. Planet Furniture Alternated Cabinet Planet Furniture cupboard drawer wood  

The Captain Flint Floor Lamp from Euroluce

The Captain Flint floor lamp designed in 2015 by Michael Anastassiades for FLOS, comprises of a painted steel or brushed brass stem and reflector cone, opal polycarbonate diffuser, and white Carrara or black Marquina marble base. Euroluce Captain Flint Eurolace Floor lamp  

The Kuri Bedside Table by Tide from Workshopped

The Kuri bedside tables come standard with two drawers, however, they can be customised to suit individual requirements. Workshopped Kuri Bedside Table Tide Workshopped bedroom side tables  

The Corky Carafe by Muuto from Living Edge

The Corky carafe's oversized detail plays with the conventional bottle shape. Its simple yet characteristic design makes it ideal as a water jug or wine carafe and its large opening makes it easy to keep clean. Living Edge Corky Carafe Glasses Living Edge set  

Linen Duvet Set in Mist from IN BED

IN BED linen is a dream to sleep in year-round; it’s light and more breathable than cotton in Summer, but keeps you cozy and warm in Winter. The more it’s slept in, lived in and loved the softer and more beautiful it becomes. IN BED Mist IN BED duvet cover  

The Kuri Bed by Tide from Workshopped

The Kuri bedsides are an all-timber addition to the Tide range, and represent the first dedicated bedroom furniture offered by the Melbourne-based designer and maker. Workshopped Kuri Bed Tide Workshopped timber bedframe  

The Palm Springs Planter from Lightly

The new architectural Palm Springs planters, crafted in powder-coated spun metal explore the relationship between the natural and built environment through colour and form. They are perfect for indoor and outdoor use. Lightly Palm Springs Planter Lightly pot plant  

The Elements Coat Stand from Apato

The Elements Coat Stand is a functional sculpture in a house. The construction elements are made of one type of timber in different lengths. As they are joint together in different places with various angles and directions, the object changes its character according to the side where it is looked at. Apato  Elements Apato Coat Stand  

The Framed Mirrors from Lightly

Made from powder coated steel frames and taupe coloured mirror glass, the Framed Mirrors are a gently artistic interpretation of the classic mirror. Though still functioning as reflecting glass, the colours, shapes and its ability to be arranged in groups give the mirrors distinct character. The design comes in two sizes and three colours. Lightly Taupe Lightly large framed mirrors  abc
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An Inner-City Residence With Cascades of Natural Light

The word ‘split’ is generally used as a verb to describe the act of ‘dividing or cause to divide something into parts or elements.’ Split End House by Mártires Doyle uses natural light to demarcate and differentiate – or split – certain zones throughout the residence. Adding a cinematic appearance to the Melbourne house, natural light is also used to create a procession when entering the home. The interplay of daylight, natural materials and instinctive spatial design results in a family home like no other. Informed by site, the narrow, north-south orientation of Split End House allowed the designers to take advantage of the northern light, ensuring that it penetrates into previously dark and poorly lit spaces. Highlights and beams of light – through the incorporation of new ‘cracks’ are thus reflected and recorded on the walls, changing with time and season – especially in cooler months when the sun rises and sets at a lower angle. Split End House Mártires Doyle CC Jonathon Griggs open living space Split End House Mártires Doyle CC Jonathon Griggs indoor outdoor split The brief, though simple, was informed by the structure’s history and locality. Originally built on a midden during the early 20th century, the building process required the midden to be emptied and backfilled. After that, the alternation and addition process revolved around two main aspects; extending the house so that it can accommodate for social and family gatherings and blurring the indoor and outdoors to increase the amount of usable living space. At the tail end of the house, Mártires Doyle has used natural textures and locally sourced Australian hardwoods. Not only does this emphasise the architects’ commitment to designing sustainably, but it also reflects the clients’ preference for timber. To separate the public and private areas of the home and to increase the seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor space, the design team used timber and timber sliding stacking doors at the rear of the house. The doors slide into a completely concealed pocket and the timber decking flows seamlessly between inside and outside living areas. Split End House Mártires Doyle CC Jonathon Griggs open dining and kitchen Split End House Mártires Doyle CC Jonathon Griggs kitchen The individuality of each space, whether public or private, is due to the customised design details such as the fabricate kitchen dining table and the custom built bench seat in the living space that can also be used as storage and shelving. The amalgamation of adopting a flexible design approach, masterful custom furnishings and an abundance of natural light evident throughout Split End House showcases a level of perfect proportion and refinement for an inner city Melbourne family home. The result of Split End House by Mártires Doyle is unique. Between the existing structure and its history, the new illuminated additions and the extension to the outdoors, architecture, interior design and the landscape becomes hard to distinguish… where does one end and the other begin? Mártires Doyle martiresdoyle.com Photography by Jonathon Griggs Dissection Information Exterior Lining and Timber Decking by Radial Timbers Mutina Tex tiles from Urban Edge Ceramics Dishwasher, Oven, Steam Oven, Rangehood, Plate Warmer by Miele White Magnolia Sculpture Side Table by Iva Viana Atelier Playsage 3 Wall Art Rug by Ferreol Babin for GUR Ants Boulevard Floor Art Rug by Mamama for GUR Red and Bordeaux Throw by Azulejo Cushions from Black Fragras Middle Blue Cushion from Canais Large Grey Cushion from Leivas Dusk Pink Cushion from Leivas Black and White Sofa Cushion from Cruz Split End House Mártires Doyle CC Jonathon Griggs living space Split End House Mártires Doyle CC Jonathon Griggs alternate dining area Split End House Mártires Doyle CC Jonathon Griggs custom timber shelf in living space Split End House Mártires Doyle CC Jonathon Griggs custom timber shelving and window in living space Split End House Mártires Doyle CC Jonathon Griggs exterior alleyway Split End House Mártires Doyle CC Jonathon Griggs Courtyard Alleyway We also think you might like Alfred Street Residence by Studiofourabc