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Shakers And Makers, Thinkers And Do-ers Of 2018


Penolope Seidler

Penelope Seidler Stephen Todd cc Tony Amos A child of the left wing intelligentsia, Penelope Seidler was never just the wife of one of Australia’s most notable architects. Habitus visited her at the home she and Harry designed. The Killara House, essentially four volumes – or half-floors – suspended around a void, is composed of reinforced concrete, basalt, timber, white concrete blocks and quartzite. A more definite commitment to the long term is difficult to imagine. By coincidence, ‘killara’ is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘permanent’ or ‘always there’. [gallery size="large" ids="73885,73884,73881"]
Photography by Tony Amos. Read the full story here

Tadao Ando

[caption id="attachment_74413" align="alignnone" width="1170"]Tadao Ando church of the light Tadao Ando seated within Church on the Water[/caption] Following almost five decades of iconic design, Habitus spoke to Tadao Ando from his Studio Oyodo in Osaka, about how he continues to impart his vision. Inspired by nature and sunlight, Tadao Ando has become known globally for mutating everyday spaces into sacred experiences. Elements of light, water, wind and rain are central to shaping his dramatic yet delicate structures. “I was born and raised in a traditional residential neighbourhood of downtown Osaka. My home was a dark place with little light and high windows,” he says. And over the years he has become not only a design icon but a great advocate of social and environmental causes. A look through his portfolio reveals examples of how he’s sought to intertwine his buildings with nature. [gallery size="large" ids="74408,74412,74414"]
Photography by courtesy of Tadao Ando Architect & Associates. Read the full story here

Pip Vassett

Pip Vassett Photography by Michele Aboud portait Pip Vassett founded IN BED five years ago and in that time she has created a multi-faceted experience and cult following. Habitus was a guest at the casual entrepreneur’s effortlessly cool home in Sydney’s Rose Bay. “Anything in our home we want to love now as much as in 10 or 20 years. That’s what good design is; something that’s going to be good in a decade or two,” said Pip, the pursuit of timeless design for IN BED clearly extending to the design of her home. [gallery size="large" ids="70245,70241,70239"]
Photography by Michelle Aboud. Read the full story here

Kelvin Ho

Kelvin Ho Akin Atelier cc Bartolomeo Celestino Kelvin Ho is a well-known and respected designer and founder of a Sydney-based architecture and interior design studio – though his clients are far from limited to Australia. In addition to residential architecture and retail design, Kelvin is also a frequent collaborator with Justin Hemmes and the Merivale Group for the interior design and architecture of many of their hospitality spaces and has also worked on the set design for productions with The Australian Ballet. This, however, was all under the guise of Akin Creative, which he first founded in 2005. Almost a decade and a half later, and with firmly established following, Kelvin Ho decided to relaunch his studio as Akin Atelier. [gallery size="large" ids="79156,79158,79157"]
Photography courtesy of Akin Atelier. Read the full story here

Bill Granger

Anyone who’s ever craved Bill Granger’s signature creamy scrambled eggs can well appreciate the impact he’s had on Australia’s dining culture. This much-loved restaurateur and food writer proves cooking wasn’t meant to be laboured and that eating is all about the joy of sharing simple, fresh meals with family and friends. Whether you’ve eaten his dishes in one of his restaurants, cooked a recipe from any number of his cookbooks or watched him on TV, you’ll know it’s hard to resist his particular brand of warmth and relaxed ease. [gallery size="large" ids="78465,78466,78463"]
Photography by Richard Boll. Read the full story here
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Archimontage Designs A Private Sanctuary In A Dense City

When the client, a family of four, moved from a quiet condominium a single residence, they still desired a high level of privacy and a serene atmosphere. They engaged Archimontage to design their new home that provides seclusion from the street while still maintaining openness and transparency throughout the house. The house is in Sukhumvit Soi 91, where the Bangkok business area meets the eastern suburbs. A six-car garage runs parallel with the street to provide a barrier between the public and private realm, and the house is configured around a central outdoor area with a lap pool and paving. Screen House Archimontage cc Chalermwat Wongchompoo entrance privacy screens and pools Timber screens extend beyond the structure of the house to create privacy and a sense of enclosure without exerting a solid face to the street. Instead, there is a feeling of transparency, warmth, and they can be opened for light and ventilation. “Since the house is located in a neighbourhood surrounded by high-rise buildings, it is important to obscure visibility and create a new perspective by using a translucent wood-lath screen as a barrier to define the territory between the house and the outside,” says Cherngchai Riawruangsangkul, director of Archimontage Design Fields Sophisticated. Downstairs, the kitchen, dining and living area looks to the swimming pool with the rear of the garage providing a dark backdrop. There is one bedroom downstairs and a two-bedroom apartment for staff next to the garage. Screen House Archimontage cc Chalermwat Wongchompoo floor to ceiling indoor and outdoor connectivity Upstairs, the roof of the garage provides an outdoor, multifunctional space for various activities. Three bedrooms, a family room, gym and shrine are connected by a long glass-lined corridor allowing for views throughout the house. A void over the dining area creates a connection between the floors and brings additional natural light into the downstairs living area. A light material palette inside and darker palette outside creates a mood of harmony and calmness, and the contrasting white structure and black window frames articulate the boxy, rectilinear volumes that complement the neighbouring buildings. “What I am most proud of in designing this house is a real sense of privacy it has generated and the client’s full acceptance of construction materials,” says Cherngchai. Archimontage archimontage.divisare.pro Photography by Chalermwat Wongchompoo Dissection Information Paints supplied by TOA Wooden facades by Casarocca Glass windows by Guardion Aluminium windows by MT Aluminium Tiles and sanitary ware by Cotto Lighting supplied by Light@Work Screen House Archimontage cc Chalermwat Wongchompoo pool and screen Screen House Archimontage cc Chalermwat Wongchompoo hallway Screen House Archimontage cc Chalermwat Wongchompoo stairs Screen House Archimontage cc Chalermwat Wongchompoo pool and second level Screen House Archimontage cc Chalermwat Wongchompoo privacy screens as facades Screen House Archimontage cc Chalermwat Wongchompoo street level privacy screens We think you might also like Secret Garden House by Wallpaper Architecture + Designabc
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5 Times Architecture Went Above And Beyond Brief


Red Hill Farm House by Carr And Jackson Clements Burrows

Red Hill Farm House Carr cc Sharyn Cairns houses The Olympic standard of place-driven design has been exemplified in this recently completed residence by Melbourne-based architecture and interior design studio Carr. 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. [gallery size="large" ids="80801,80800,80808"]
Photography by Sharyn Cairns.  Read the full story here

Hunters Hill House by Arkhefield

Hunters Hill Arkhefield Habitus Living 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. A series of ‘garden rooms’ entwine the new home within this historic and leafy Sydney suburb. An original sandstone perimeter wall was refurbished and rebuilt, paying homage to the history of the site. [gallery size="large" ids="34318,34321,34322"]
Photography by Angus Martin.  Read the full story here

House A by Whispering Smith

House A Whispering Smith cc Benjamin Hosking concrete The idea of compact living and minimalism, frequently gets thrown around when discussing sustainable building designs, but often gets pushed to the side when it comes to high-density living. House A by Perth’s Whispering Smith, is an attainable and practical new build, executed on only 175 square metres in the coastal neighbourhood of Scarborough. [gallery size="large" ids="77602,77604,77598"]
Photography by Benjamin Hosking.  Read the full story here

Matilda House by Templeton Architecture

Matilda House Photography by Bon Hosking Hill view Matilda House is a residential project by Melbourne-based architecture firm Templeton Architecture. On the surface, the name can refer to the Australian bushland setting among the granite hills of northeast Victoria. But if one looks beyond this to its etymological roots, Matilda – meaning ‘container for personal belongings’ – also refers to the deep personal resonance of the project. Built on the site of the client’s upbringing, Templeton Architecture’s design came to embody a container for childhood memories. [gallery size="large" ids="72755,72759,72762"]
Photography by Benjamin Hosking.  Read the full story here
    Nassim Road House by Bedmar & Shi At a glance it is clear to see that these two houses on Nassim Road in Singapore come from the same family, but in many ways they act out a fascinating narrative, like two sisters with alarmingly opposite personalities. One proud and forthright and the other shy and secretive, the two structures face each other across the road that divides them in a state of eternal duality. [gallery size="large" ids="38493,38494,38496"] Photography by Albert Lim.  Read the full story here    abc
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Habitus Loves…Christmas

Tri-Cut, Cir-Cut and Rec-Cut Vase from VELA

A geometric contrast to the bouquet of flowers they hold, these vases from Vela are both sculptural and austere. Made from powder-coated aluminium, the slim hip bunches the flowers while the base is spacious for stems and water. VELA  

Tribeca Planter by Arko

With the ability to bring greenery and wellbeing into indoor spaces, the Tribeca range also acts as a privacy screen and space division solution in the form of a tranquil vertical green wall. Available in a textured black or white UV-stable finish, its versatile design ensures that it can fit into any interior. Arko Tribeca Planter 1

Sonos One Limited Edition In Collaboration with HAY

Defining the relationship between sound and home design, the superior speaker by Sonos exudes a room-filling sound and fits anywhere. Equipped with Amazon Alexa voice controls, Sonos One is the epitome of the brands' shared values of accessible and innovative design. Sonos  Hay for Sonos Limited Edition group

Nizwa Chest of Drawers in Jade by Living Edge

Inspired by the rounded decorative parapets of the Nizwa Fort in Oman, the set of ombré drawers evolve with sunlight. The soft-close piece is crafted by hand-shading the dyed Italian maple veneer to achieve 108 individual elements of solid brass, copper or nickle with 118 maple veneer plants per piece. Nizwa Chest of Drawers Living Edge Living Edge  

The Cane Lounger Natural/Natural by Worn

Handmade in Indonesia using non-chemically treated materials sourced from sustainably farmed plantations, The Worn Cane Lounger features a natural woven cane seat and back with rattan side and back panels. Worn  

JUTA Oval Serving Platter by Casa e Cucina

Warm with a metallic accent, Casa e Cucina's collection for Christmas is a mixture of unusual textures that blend in beautifully with Australian natives. Casa e Cucina  

Dots Champagne Flute by Bomma from Spence and Lydia

Truly setting the scenes for a celebratory Christmas, the Bomma Dots Champagne glasses have a cylindtrical body adorned with dots ad dashes. Crafted from fine crystal, it has a slender stem but robust base. Spence and Lydia  

Push Coffee Maker Designed by Mette Duedahl for Lightly

The Nordic-inspired unique coffee maker is made out of stoneware, giving the jug a soft and tactile touch. Functional for brewing pressed coffee, tea, or used as a water carafe, the contemporary design is even more perfectly paired with the push mugs. Lightly  

Jac + Jack x Mud

Decorations perfect for Christmas, Jac + Jack teamed up with Mud to create three beautiful bauble colours and shapes.

Mud x JJ  

Satin Tray by Mingardo from Hub Furniture

A simple geometric motif, the Satin Tray is highly reflective and made purposely to support impression marks and signs during its use. Hub Furniture

W102 Adjustable Desk Lamp Designed by David Chipperfield from Euroluce

Comprising of a forged copper base, spun copper shade and stems, the lamp form not only allows for smooth movement of the arms but also has a solid brass LED dimmer switch located on its base. Eurolace abc
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A Complete Garage Overhaul With Covet

Who would have ever thought that the word breathtaking and garage would be used in the same sentence? Normally considered as a typical utilitarian space with little thought given to interior aesthetics, it is no surprise that this softly illuminated garage stands starkly from the rest. The underground five-car garage space in Sydney not only resembles a luxury car showroom but also looks as though it can be nicknamed ‘the Batcave.’ Designed by Kenstrom Architects and brought to fruition by Beebo Constructions, the garage features Covet’s Ever Art Wood battens and concrete terrazzo overlay. Lined with the Kabebari Battens from Covet’s Ever Art Wood collection and backlit to create a soft and welcoming space, “it’s a shame that the garage is underground and away from public view,” says Anthony Scott, Covet’s director. Covet Garage Kernstrom Architects garage space Specifically, the Ever Art Wood Battens are aluminium with photorealistic film applied to suit the underground environment. An appropriate solution to prevent mould from growing as there is a lack of natural light, the aluminium battens are also maintenance-free, fire-rated and lightweight and have been designed to directly be fixed onto structures with hidden screws. With a photorealistic timber finish, the exterior-grade Covet batten exudes a similar feel to real timber. Replacing large format tiles traditionally present in garages, Covet concrete overlay enabled Beebo Constructions to achieve a join-free floor surface. From the way that it has been hand trowelled and finished with a low sheen, the bespoke and hand-poured Terrazzo Overlay has remarkable strength and posed as an ideal solution for a garage application. Covet Garage Kernstrom Architects curved wall and concealed doors Setting new benchmarks across the architecture and design industry, the space is curved with walls, hidden doors and is an exemplary result of designing with great attention to detail. Showcasing technical advancements of Covet’s products, the garage proves how Covet’s products can provide new opportunities for architects and designers alike. Covet covet.com.au Photography from Pablo Veiga, courtesy of Kenstrom Architects - Produced by The Local Project Covet Garage Kernstrom Architects details and back lighting Covet Garage Kernstrom Architects handle details We think you might also like Lexus Design Awardabc
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A Strong Design Concept Drives Holistic Architecture And Interiors

The ‘fold and frame’ concept evolved from Sydesign’s architectural response to the brief and the site, which Lot 1 Design developed further through the interiors. The result is holistic architecture and interiors, and seamless indoor and outdoor spaces. The client’s brief asked for a house that would see their three children, aged 4 to 11, through their school years. They wanted lots of natural light and a direct connection between internal and external spaces, as they’re an active family who like to spend time outdoors and to entertain family and friends. Located on a long east-west site, the house has a view to the north of Hen & Chicken Bay on Parramatta River. “The architectural concept and design evolved in a way that allowed the structure to fold around the northern aspect of the site,” says Shady Younes, design director of Sydesign. The two-storey house folds around a deck, pool and garden along the northern edge of the property, bringing daylight into almost every room, creating a direct connection between internal and external living spaces and providing upstairs rooms with a view of the river. The architecture itself also has a sense of folding as the exposed metal structure and timber cladding frames the glazing to articulate each space. Preston House Sydesign Lot 1 Design CC Katherine Lu living dining and kitchen There are framed views of the pool from the entrance before the hallway wraps around the glazing and opens to the living, dining and kitchen. Sliding glass doors open the internal living area to the outside, and an alfresco kitchen and dining at the rear of the property faces the deck, garden and pool. Upstairs, the master bedroom has a balcony looking out to Hen & Chicken Bay, and the three children’s bedrooms and rumpus room have full-height glazing for northern light and views. Lot 1 Design continued the fold and frame concept through the interior detailing, furnishings and artworks. “All design decisions were influenced by the concept in order to achieve a cohesive and connected design throughout,” says Tammy Miconi, principal of Lot 1 Design. Scyon cladding folds from the external façade into the internal entry wall. Black metal frames the base of the island bench and cooking zone in the kitchen. It folds around the fireplace and frames glass panels in the bathroom. Plywood boxes provide wall shelves in the walk-in pantry, and the children’s wardrobes have strand-board boxes at the base. Preston House Sydesign Lot 1 Design CC Katherine Lu pantry and back kitchen Preston House Sydesign Lot 1 Design CC Katherine Lu outdoor kitchen dining bbq area Three zones of cooking and working spaces – the kitchen, walk-in-pantry and outdoor kitchen – cater for the client’s love of entertaining. Recycled bricks provide a raw and robust backdrop to the indoor and outdoor kitchen and living areas, and white joinery, walls and ceiling accentuate the black framing throughout. “We pride ourselves on creating homes that are an extension of the people that live in them. The home is functional, robust and aesthetically engaging, giving the clients longevity for their growing family and enabling them to maintain a connection with one another whether they are entertaining together, spending time alone or attending to everyday rituals,” says Tammy. Sydesign sydesign.com.au Lot 1 Design lot1design.com.au Technique Build techniquebuild.com.au Photography by Katherine Lu Dissection Information Dining and coffee table from Tait Outdoor sofa and chairs from Jardan Sofa and rugs by Armadillo Dining table from The Look Of Timber Bedside tables supplied by Grazia & Co Bar stools from Cult Design Artwork by Leila Jeffreys Cockatoo and Olsen Gallery Preston House Sydesign Lot 1 Design CC Katherine Lu pool and backyard Preston House Sydesign Lot 1 Design CC Katherine Lu floor to ceiling pool doors Preston House Sydesign Lot 1 Design CC Katherine Lu hallway and pool Preston House Sydesign Lot 1 Design CC Katherine Lu stairs and wall art graphics Preston House Sydesign Lot 1 Design CC Katherine Lu master bedroom Preston House Sydesign Lot 1 Design CC Katherine Lu bathroom Preston House Sydesign Lot 1 Design CC Katherine Lu bedroom balcony We think you might also like Architecturally-Designed Beach Side Abodes That Stole Our Imaginationabc
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Design Miami: The Four-Day Design Destination

Occurring alongside the Art Basel in Miami every year, Design Miami is regarded as a significant global forum for design. Each year, the four-day event draws together some of the most distinguished and authoritative gallerists, designers, collectors and design fraternity aficionados. At its core, it features the world’s top galleries who, collectively, present a tightly edited exhibition of twentieth and twenty-first-century furniture, lighting and art. Positioned as a high-end design fair and commercial marketplace, Design Miami is also marketed as a forum that seeks to “broaden awareness of modern and contemporary design, fuel the market for collectible design, and provide an exciting yet accessible destination for collectors and enthusiasts alike.” [caption id="attachment_84358" align="aligncenter" width="1170"]Design Miami | Habitus Living Title Seduction Pair by Najla El Zein at Friedman Benda.[/caption] This assertion is underscored if one were to look at just the numbers alone. The work this year represented 278 designers from 12 different countries with over 400 debuting works on show and talks with over 50 panellists from a vast range of disciplines. This year’s show included work that pushed the boundaries of material possibility, presenting techniques and philosophies that will no doubt extend an influence on the broader design community. Marcin Rusak’s debut collection at Sarah Myerscough Gallery included furniture made of discarded flowers bound in resin. Todd Merrill gallery presented air-inflated metalwork and Théophile Blandet’s show at Functional Art Gallery celebrated plastic in many forms - a material that the designer believes will not exist in the near future. [caption id="attachment_84352" align="aligncenter" width="1170"]Design Miami | Habitus Living Foam Series Sofa set by Sang Hoon Kim at Cristina Grajales Gallery.[/caption] The other dominant theme this year was one of imperfection. Boundaries were looser - the energy more relaxed and playful. One could argue that the general whimsy could be in response to the current state of (tumultuous) global, and political state of affairs. From unrefined ceramic works to cartoonish objects d’art (works by Jasmin Anoschkin and Porky Hefer) to funky lighting (in particular, a lamp featuring 54 multi-coloured bendable arms by Gaetano Pesce at Salon94 for one) and Sag Hoon Kim's four-seat foam sofa. The trend seems to be stronger than years past, with a proliferation of whimsical work taking many forms. In contrasting style, a number of established galleries presented an extensive representation of 19th and 20th-century classics from the likes of Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret. A major installation at the show, which garnered significant attention was Galerie Patrick Seguin’s full-scale Jean Prouvé 6 x 6 Demountable House from 1944, underscoring Prouvé’s architectural adaptability. Gallerists argued that this retrospective bent draws on an unconscious desire for the relative security of design tradition. [caption id="attachment_84350" align="alignnone" width="1170"]Design Miami | Habitus Living Airline Armchair by EM Weber courtesy of Peter Blake Gallery.[/caption] One cannot truly estimate, how far these - and other - themes and threads will ultimately influence the global design scene. What is clear, however, is the continued interest that the show drew in its 15th year and the growth of the genre.  Design Miami designmiami.com [caption id="attachment_84356" align="aligncenter" width="1170"]Design Miami | Habitus Living Soap Table by Sabine Marcelis at Etage Projects.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_84352" align="aligncenter" width="1170"]Design Miami | Habitus Living Four Seat Sofa Set by Sang Hoo Kim at Cristina Grajales Gallery.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_84351" align="aligncenter" width="1170"]Design Miami | Habitus Living Flowerpot Screen by FOS at Etage Projects.[/caption]   [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1170"]Design Miami | Habitus Living Kurimanzutto courtesy of Anita Gates.[/caption]  abc

The VOLA Legacy – 50 Years And Beyond

The celebration marking the 50-year milestone of VOLA saw 150 international architects from around the world meeting the brand’s home of Denmark, looking back on a five decade legacy of design, and forward to the future. Architects and designers from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Belgian, Sweden, Japan, US, and of course Australia were invited to experience a design and cultural program curated by VOLA. The lucky guests were treated to an architectural tour of Aarhus, the European Capital of Culture in 2017, which included the Aarhus Townhall designed by design legend Arne Jacobsen, as well as a tour of the iconic VOLA factory and academy in Horsens. Not simply an occasion to take in the design sights, the special visitors were also able to take in a series of architectural talks at the ARoS Art Museum, including Kim Holst Jensen, SHL Director and Partner speaking on the award-winning Dokk1 library, SHL partner Kasper Heiberg Frandsen who discussed the underground extension of the ARoS Art Museum and the design and lighting works of James Turrell, and Julian Weyer, Partner at C. F. Møller Architects, who spoke on the Bestseller building at Aarhus Ø. The series of events culminated in a celebratory dinner at the recently launched Aarhus International Sailing Centre with speeches from VOLA CEO Johannes Saugbjerg and Director of International Sales and Marketing Birthe Tofting. During the evening entertainment was provided by the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, and VOLA employees who came together to sing to guests at the end of the evening. A 50-year career in redefining design is a huge accomplishment, and we’re thrilled that VOLA have reached this rare milestone. The Habitus team toast to VOLA’s success, though we all know the greatest is yet to come. VOLA vola.com/en [gallery columns="5" ids="84264,84265,84266,84267,84268,84269,84270,84271,84272,84273,84274,84275,84276,84277,84278,84279,84280,84281,84282,84283,84284,84285,84286,84287,84288,84289,84290,84291,84292,84293,84294,84295,84296,84297,84298,84299,84300,84301,84302,84303,84304,84305,84306,84307,84308,84309,84310,84311,84312,84313,84314,84315,84316,84317,84318,84319,84320,84321,84322,84323,84324,84325,84326,84327,84328,84329,84330,84331,84332,84333,84334,84335,84336,84337,84338,84339,84340,84341,84342,84343,84344,84345"]abc
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A Note From The Editor – Habitus #42, The Trailblazers Issue

In the spirit of the December issue’s theme, Trailblazers, I invite you to consider the following: As architects, designers and creatives, how can we position ourselves to stand out from the crowd? Anyway, should we want to? I would suggest: Yes. Humankind is by nature creative – whether it’s our passion or profession – so it makes sense to pursue a point of difference. But I would caution against doing so at the cost of a purpose. The work of those featured in issue #42, varied and spread across the Indo-Pacific, was chosen for its unique approach to architecture and design as much as for its honest and responsive qualities. The architects and designers Habitus speaks to in the pages that ensue have caught our eye and held our attention over the years with their innovation and bespoke approach to each and every brief they receive. Whether it is an architect in Singapore who is governing his practice by a “design and make” approach or a designer in Melbourne who has re-entered the fashion industry after a four-year hiatus with a fiery and renewed passion to highlight the importance of Fair Trade practices and sustainability. There are architects across the Region who have taken briefs too difficult for some, like turning a 24 square-foot studio apartment in the middle of the city into a spacious abode, for example, and with persistence and dedication found success. I encourage you to take a look through the issue, and hope you are inspired to determine your own point of difference, in life and in work.   Holly Cunneen Editorabc
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5 Times Interior Architecture Improved Our Dining Experience


Caravan Hapejong, Seoul, by Flack Studio

David Flack Caravan Seoul artwork seating Launched by Aussie expats Jessica Chung and Adam Kane, Caravan Hapejong is an eclectic dining venue characterised by a quirky Australian-meets-Korean menu. In this super cute 90-square-metre eatery, you’ll find a cool, culturally twisted vibe that fits nicely into the cultural landscape of the edgy Seoul suburb. One that is known for its wildly energetic and creative arts and music scene. [gallery size="large" ids="70111,70102,70103"]
Photography by Sharyn Cairns.  Read the full story here

Pentolina, Melbourne, by Biasol Design

Pentolina Biasol cc Jack Lovel bar seating detial The century-old building in which the new Italian casual dining restaurant, Pentolina, is situated alludes perfectly to the history of Rome and traditional pasta making. A respectful renovation of this building sees hand-rendered concrete walls that mirror the stone façades of historic Roman laneways. [gallery size="large" ids="81980,81982,81989"]
Photography by Jack Lovel.  Read the full story here

Social at Verandah, Sydney, by Luchetti Krelle

Sitting comfortably in Sydney’s CBD, Social at Verandah has already generated a lot of buzz on the local foodie scene. Just when you though Sydney’s CBD couldn’t get any more vibrant with character and exquisite flavours, this multi-faceted restaurant will excite you that little bit more. [gallery size="large" ids="75431,75432,75427"]
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12-Micron, Sydney, by Richards Stanisich

12 Microns Photography by Felix Forest Desk Evocative of place – specifically, Sydney Harbour and its surrounding bushland – 12-Micron draws on the colours, tones and textures of a Spotted Gum, exploring a uniquely Sydney interior from stone floors to floating clouds and bark like leathers. Beautifully realised, the subtle and elegantly luxurious space features careful planning to allow everyone, including staff, spectacular harbour views. [gallery size="large" ids="71907,71900,71904"]
Photography by Felix Forest.  Read the full story here

Domaine Chandon Winery, Yarra Valley, by Foolscap Studio

Domaine Chandon Photography by Tom Blachford Bar Seating Situated in the Yarra Valley, the site’s stunning natural environs and changing view over the seasons were a natural starting point for Foolscap’s design scheme. Views of the incredible landscape were a natural starting point for considering the visitor experience, the range of which will traverse loyalists and locals, diehard food and wine thrill-seekers, ‘gramming millennials and new discoverers alike. [gallery size="large" ids="72099,72097,76570"]
Photography by Tom Blachford. Read the full story here
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History Reinvented In House With A Loggia

History holds many lessons for architects who often search deeply and broadly for inspiration in creating spaces that delight. In the case of RT+Q Architects, a Singapore-based architecture firm led by Rene Tan and TK Quek, 16th-century Venetian architect Andrea Palladio’s villas provided the cues. Known for starting a style based strongly on the formal classical temple architecture of the Ancient Greeks and Romans, Palladian Villas – as Palladio’s domestic constructs were known as – sometimes featured loggias. These recessed porticos are essentially rooms or spaces that enjoy open yet protected access to the elements. RT+Q Architects’ House with a Loggia is crowned by an appropriated version of this datum. It is experienced like a delightful surprise: up a basement entry and past the living and dining space, capped at the other end by an elegant pool and verdant greenery as the view beyond. A careful composition of doors and windows animate the two-storey façade from the exterior. Timber cladding echoes its tropical locale and gives warmth to the foil of glass and metal, while wood flooring within and at the loggia continues the material language from inside to out and vice versa. House with Loggia RT+Q Architects CC Albert Lim exterior profile building greenery “The timber cladding softens the house, and the perforated ‘eyelash’ articulates the volume of the loggia,” describes designer Pang Chommanard, referring to the metal rims that border the loggia as well as the balcony at the attic. Structure-wise, the double-volume space was an inventive response to building regulations. “Instead of following the 45-degree-envelope profile for most top levels, we set the attic floor further back to emphasise the first storey portal frame and double volume at the front of the house; we saw it as an opportunity to apply lessons learnt from the past and to refer without quoting,” explains Rene. Another notable gesture happens on the interior. One side of the house peels slightly from the party wall to create a light-and-air well that stretches from the basement to the attic storey. “We tried to un-semi detach the semi-detached house. The house was planned in such a way that all common and private spaces will get natural light and air from all sides,” says Rene. House with Loggia RT+Q Architects CC Albert Lim winding staircase perforated balustrade Steel and glass boxes playfully interject this atrium’s void, allowing occupants to “play peek-a-boo across all levels of the house”, describes Rene. “They also act as ‘breakout’ spaces within different rooms.” One such ‘breakout’ space in the master bedroom extends out into the loggia, providing three-dimensionality to the loggia’s mien. The spatial theatrics is well thought-out for the three-generational family who lives here. The parents and grandmother stay on the second storey while the third storey is the territory of the family’s three daughters. Connectivity between floors in a multi-level house is often overlooked. Here, there is privacy for individuals but also indirect communication guided by the architecture as the occupants go about their daily rituals. By the common areas, the loggia is designed to facilitate the sheltered play of the children outdoors. As always, RT+Q Architect’s creations are perfectly crafted and proportioned, with precision rendered from large gestures to the tiniest of details. While the eventual form is more modernist than Renaissance, the exacting rigour taken to create the home too takes a page from Palladio. RT+Q Architects rtnq.com Photography by Albert Lim Dissection Information Hansgrohe bathroom and kitchen fittings and fixtures from Volume Five Sockets and Switches from Legrand Interior Tiles from Rice Fields and Hafary Joinery from Shan Yang Wood Products Kawajun hardware from Bretz & Co Decorative Lighting by E-Lume Exterior Burmese Teak timber cladding and interior engineered timber flooring from ARCFLOOR Sahara timber decking from Perswood House with Loggia RT+Q Architects CC Albert Lim double height interior atrium We think you might also like The Kasturiabc
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Photography by Tom Ferguson.  Read the full story here

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Photography by Robert Walsh.  Read the full story here

Siglap Plain by HYLA Architects

Siglap Plain HYLA Architects cc Derek Swalwell pool
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Photography by Derek Swalwell.  Read the full story here

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Photography by Paul Hermes.  Read the full story here

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Photography by Anson Smart.  Read the full story here