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How can you Support Local Makers and Industry?

Each episode in the Habitus House of the Year video series is about opening a dialogue to spark conversation and thought. Each of the themes has been drawn from the homes featured on the pages of issue #52 the House of the Year Special issue, finding the narrative threads and bringing them to life in a different format. So far we have looked at SustainabilityWellness and Timeless design. In this, our final episode, we hear from architects and experts on what it means to work with local trades and keep the skills of craftspeople alive in the furniture we select, and how our homes are built. We're seeing a resurgence of local skills, craftsmanship and making – both off the back of supply chain disruption and as there is more awareness of sustainable practices. Michael Cumming shares insight into the use of a locally sourced stone used through his project Three Peaks House, which was also awarded the People's Choice vote. [caption id="attachment_117683" align="alignnone" width="810"] Michael Cumming[/caption] We also hear from the co-founder of Natch Essentials, Carmelle Russell, who shares the motivation for the brand to source local manufacturing in Australia. Now it’s over to you. Habitus wants to know what you think. Share your opinion via a 30-second video, or simply email us or comment online. Together let’s reframe the design conversation. Watch Future Monuments now!
Read more about the projects featured: – Collins Beach House by Tobias Partners | The High-end House 2021 – Three Peaks House by Michael Cumming Architect | The Landscape House 2021 – B House by 365 Design | The Biophilic House 2021
Habitus House of the Year would not be possible without our Partners: Major Partners StylecraftHOME and V-ZUG, and Supporting Partners Natch Essentials, Sub-Zero & Wolf and Rocks On.
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Celebrating the Habitus House of the Year People’s Choice winner with V-ZUG

On Thursday 18 November, V-ZUG welcomed guests into its Melbourne studio for an intimate dinner. The night was a way to launch and introduce its new Excellence by V-ZUG range of products and as a Major Partner for Habitus House of the Year, we announced the winner of the People's Choice – Three Peaks House by Michael Cumming Architect. Guests were treated to a three-course meal created by renowned Melbourne chef Ian Curley (French Saloon, Kirk's Wine Bar), with matched wines from Stocked Cellar, while a four-piece jazz ensemble performed throughout the evening. V-ZUG Australia's managing director Nic Naes hosted the event, whose passion for the brand was infectious as he introduced a series of videos unpacking the design process of the updated product range. After so many months in lockdown, the night was a truly special way to reconnect with the industry and peers. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="117582,117583,117585,117586,117587,117588,117590,117584,117591,117592,117593,117595,117596,117597,117598,117599,117600,117601,117602,117604,117606,117608,117611,117612,117614,117616"]   Photography by Trudy Photographyabc
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Habitus Gift Guides – A Taste of Christmas

Food and drinks overflowing, people gathering around the island bench and table – the kitchen and dining areas are the centre of the hustle and bustle during the festive season, where memorable dishes come to life. For 2021, Habitus is embracing the five senses of the festive season with the first of our Christmas Gift Guide series featuring a curated selection of lust-worthy products for taste-makers, the avid home chefs and anyone who loves pottering in the kitchen or putting out a spread on the dining table.

Kink Oil bottle by JAM

Sculptural with a quirky twist, the Kink Oil bottle from JAM (by Adelaide's JamFactory) is the perfect present for the food and design lovers in your life. Made using traditional glass blowing techniques, Kink comes in three colourways and adds a bit of fun to the kitchen. Find out more  

Conversation Cups by Soft Edge Studio

Created with the desire to have an object that was at once similar yet subtly different, the Conversation Cup series created by Byron Bay ceramic studio Soft Edge Studio is hand-crafted in porcelain, with each cup in the set unique. A set to hold and cherish, while being functional, Soft Edge Studio is more interested in exploration and the happy accidents that come out of the process. Find out more  

Sub-Zero Undercounter Wine Storage

What festive season would be complete without a lovely drop? And even better is having the right appliance to keep your wine collection in the perfect temperament. Sub-Zero's range of Undercounter Wine Storage integrates seamlessly into your home but even more importantly it comes with outstanding technology to protect your wine and preserve it for the special moments the cork is popped. Find out more  

6-piece Sori Yanagi cutlery set from Cibi

Setting the scene for the joy of good design in even the simple pleasures of everyday life, this set of cutlery by Japanese designer Sori Yanagi was originally designed in 1974. Clean lines and irreverent flourishes make this cutlery set stand out and its elegance has been recognised with a prestigious Good Design Award in Japan, and a Long Life Design Award in 2001. Each piece is made in Niigata, a region in Japan renowned for craftsmanship. Find out more  

Gaggenau Combi-steam Oven

A delicious addition to the kitchen that brings much more than a usual oven, Gaggenau's combi-steam ovens allows the inner chef to shine. Steaming, braising, baking, cooking, grilling and even sous-vide – a combi-steam oven by Gaggenau is the ultimate home cooking luxury. Find out more  

Amicable Split Bench by Blu Dot

Versatile and classic, the Amicable Split Bench by Blu Dot is the perfect way to bring everyone together. Whether used at the dining table, or in an entryway or at the end of the bed, what sets this bench apart is its unique design. Split and curved down the middle, the Amicable Split Bench offers supreme seating comfort. Find out more  

Resin Long Dew Servers in tortoiseshell by Dinosaur Designs

What meal time with friends and family is complete without a delicious, crunchy salad? And what better way to present it on the table than with Dinosaur Designs salad servers? Dinosaur Designs resin products are Australian design icons, making a delightful gift for the design lover in your life. Find out more  

Great Dane Vilda 3 Dining Chair

Exuding Scandinavian charm, the Vilda 3 Dining Chairs from Great Dane have a sturdy, comfortable quality. The classic bentwood frame has been modernised with a vegetable tan leather backrest, while comfort for long dining experiences is of course a key consideration. Find out more  

Tom Dixon Brew cafetiere giftset and Puck Glassware from Living Edge

Never one to shy away from a bold gesture, Tom Dixon's range of Puck Balloon glassware make the act of dining even more delightful, setting the table with unexpected charm. Equally dramatic and eye-catching is the Cafetiere giftset – sleek and sensuous in its geometries – it makes for an unforgettable gift for those with a discerning eye. Brew Black giftset and Puck Balloon glasses  

ISSHO Dining Table by King

Shifting from each angle, the ISSHO Dining Table by King expresses a dynamism in its form that makes it a standout. Soft edges are balanced through the careful proportions of the legs, while every angle has been given direction. Finished in a timber veneer in several colours, the ISSHO is where magic moments happen. Find out more  

Mayde Australian Native Tea from Jardan

Celebrate the taste of Australia with Mayde's Australian Native tea blend from Jardan. Featuring Strawberry gum, Lemongrass and Lemon Myrtle, it's a tea that can easily find its way into your daily ritual. Find out more

Stay tuned as we journey through the senses with a range of products in the lead up to the festive season.

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Red Hill House

Squeezing the most out of a tricky inner-city Brisbane site, Red Hill House is a family home that meets all the requirements of the brief, even factoring in future needs for the homeowner, who also happens to be the architect.

Set on a steep battle-axe site in the Brisbane suburb of Red Hill, this project is the home of architect Julie Derrick, one half of architecture practice Levesque and Derrick Architects (LADA). Tasked with a comprehensive brief, and acting as both client and architect, Derrick used clever planning to make sure all the elements were ticked off to create the perfect home for herself, her partner and their two children. “Essentially we wanted a small family home, but we’re intending to be here for quite a while, so it needed to be able to grow with us as well,” shares Derrick. In addition to the versatility, they wanted to keep everything on a single level, while maintaining outdoor areas for the kids to play. “It was a tight balance to fulfill the internal space requirements, while safeguarding a decent amount of space for the external brief components, which were equally important to us,” she adds. Drawn to the site because of the lush foliage at the bottom of the property, the home has been oriented to capture the verdant landscape, which creates the sense of a tropical escape in a dense urban setting. It was a task that Derrick worked into the planning to ensure “we got the views back to those beautiful leafy areas as soon as you walk through the front door of the house”. Designed with visibility and flex in mind, the interior spatial planning has the kitchen and dining space centralised on an L shaped plan, with the outdoor and living areas in direct line of sight. “Being able to supervise the kids from the kitchen bench, both when they are indoors and out, was key to the practicality of the planning,” shares Derrick. In time, as the children grow bigger, a wing of the house with their bedrooms can be closed off with a sliding door, which also converts the generous hallway space into a room to lounge in – it will be the ultimate teenage haven. Notions of cosiness, retreat and connection repeat throughout Red Hill House. One unexpected way this comes to life is through the film-faced plywood that lines the ceiling. With a soft black finish, the material absorbs the harsh light that dominates the Queensland sky, diffusing it back throughout the interior to produce a gentle ambience. “The black ceiling adds a sense of calm to our home. It’s a bit like being under canopy shade, which in our bright climate makes much more sense than the intense reflectiveness of all-white spaces,” muses Derrick. Starting from a place of deep insight into how they live day-to-day, Derrick has designed a home that not only considers the constraints of the site, but has created something that suits her family’s lifestyle now and into the future.abc
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Transform Bathrooms with the Enchanting Form of Sled and Fluido

The bathroom: in its cool embrace, it bends light, water and heat. With elegant design choices and sinuous fittings, it is a space that has the potential to be absolutely invigorating. Antoniolupi always offers the most enchanting bathroom solutions, with their new products, Sled and Fluido, giving us a chance to truly elevate our spaces in a way that seems both minimalistic and luxurious. Designed by Carlo Colombo, the Sled bathtub that seems to have been carved out of water and the Fluido sink which integrates into the wall, are innovative and mesmerising in their form, completely transforming the landscape of bathroom design.

Sled: the Freestanding Bathtub

The invigorating essence of water, a protagonist of the bathroom, is captured by the Sled freestanding bathtub. The undulating nature of the ocean is seen in the soft, smooth curvature of Sled, while the bathtub’s precise cuts and engravings are reminiscent of the rocks carved by the slow, but constant movement of a stream. Perfectly manipulating shape, Sled consists of alternating full and empty spaces to embrace the human form. From the smooth, oval geometry of the head of the bathtub extends two diagonal cuts which dissect into the depth of the pelvis. An incision, with affluent width, lowers the edge of the bathtub in a way that not only offers a sense of lightness and dynamism but also a surface to support bathroom products. However, what makes Sled truly distinct in its design is its enchanting radiance. The lightness of the bathtub is accentuated by its small base — this size juxtaposes with the spacious basin, creating a sense of suspension. Through the incorporation of LED light along the perimeter of the base, this effect can be further enhanced, creating light and shadow to make the floor beneath it seem invisible. This result of an almost floating bathtub makes Sled stand out, with its enchanting sculptural form imposing a transformative exuberance in the bathroom. Antoniolupi recognises the need for individuality and customisation in our homes. Available in either Flumood, their iconic smooth resin, or the velvety Colormood, Sled permits an expression of creativity, giving bathrooms a bespoke quality. The variety in colour choices also ensures that Sled can be seamlessly incorporated into any bathroom aesthetic.

Fluido: the Integrated Sink

Again, with the considered, precise design of Carlo Colombo, Antoniolupi’s Fluido sink brings the role of water to the forefront. Fluido is sinuous in its form, with its detached faucet and sink integrated into the wall to preserve only the functionality and sculptural shape of the product. The curving outline of the column blends into the basin, recalling the seamless, monolithic moment of water and hereby giving the bathroom an added sense of dynamism and life. The double soul of the basin interior gives it a unique look — additional LED lighting accentuates its soft shape, experimenting with light to create a soft, enchanting aesthetic full of emotion. The smoothness of Fluido is cultivated due to its Flumood material. After installation, this sink can be painted with the same colour as the wall to truly achieve the integrated effect. Renowned for their constant evolution to keep up with emerging trends, Antoniolupi ensures that this finish can be continually and easily changed or updated. In doing so, Fluimood becomes a sink that is not only magical in its design but also versatile in its application. The evident fusion of form, functionality and stunning aesthetics by Carlo Colombo and Antoniolupi only affirms their renowned credibility as a leading manufacturer of bathroom ware. Sled and Fluido, with their elegant shapes and enchanting presence, possess the ability to transform the landscape of the bathroom. Unique in their sculptural form, Sled and Fluido are bathroom products like no other. For more information on the enchanting Sled freestanding bathtub and Fluido integrated sink contact info@antoniolupidesign.com.au

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Announcing your People’s Choice winner for Habitus House of the Year 2021!

Habitus House of the Year curates the most outstanding homes each year, traversing countries and climates to showcase homes of all shapes and sizes. As part of the program, we open up the conversation and ask you, our audience, to tell us which project is your favourite – all for a chance to win the Ultimate Design Hunter package. With thousands of votes tallied up, there was one clear winner. We’re thrilled to introduce the People’s Choice winner for Habitus House of the Year 2021 is….

Three Peaks House by Michael Cumming Architect

A home in a picturesque setting of Wanaka in New Zealand's South Island, Three Peaks House captures incredible views from nearly every room in the home.
“I wanted to ensure the breadth of these mountains was included from inside this new house, including the peaks,” says Cumming, who noticed that many homes on the South Island didn’t fully embrace this opportunity. “I just couldn’t simply slice of these peaks for those sitting in a living room, or in their bedrooms,” says Cumming, whose design includes high-raked, timber-lined ceilings.
Sydney-based architect Michael Cumming designed this house with thoughtful consideration for how it was placed on the land, while consciously drawing reference to its unique context through the integration of a local stone. The Otago schist has been used both as a feature inside and jutting outside and shaped into a uniquely formed fireplace. Moments of pause at the entry encourage visitors to stop and appreciate the natural surrounding beauty. A sense of cosiness is apparent through a timber cladding that wraps inside and out, enveloping the owner's and sheltering them from the weather.
Timber was used generously to line many of the ceilings in the main living areas and the main bedroom, the latter extending to part of the walls to create a sense of envelopment. Other touchstones include concrete hearths with gas fires ensuring that the house can be instantly warm upon arrival. Cumming was also conscious of ‘crafting’ a house, with many of the features, such as the timber island bench in the kitchen, made by Mark Tuckey.

Read more about Three Peaks House here

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House Cove(r) by Touch Architect maximises its corner site, adding ample additional space to this multi-generational home, and cleverly blending old and new together through a wrapped façade element.

Positioned on a corner block within a housing development in Bangkok, Thailand, House Cove(r) takes advantage of the unused garden area to insert a three-storey addition to this family home. Home to a couple, their two young children and their grandmother, the original house simply couldn’t accommodate everyone’s needs. Given the hot and humid climate of Thailand, the owner desired additional indoor space, while maintaining a connection to the mature trees that line the block on the street side. “We designed this house to follow the site and maximise the size. It was about attaining a high efficiency of space because of the high price of land,” says Parpis Lee, founder and lead architect at Touch Architect. While the corner site could be used as an advantage, presenting something different to the typical rectangular block, consideration also needed to be given to the public-facing nature of the new addition. Also working against the architects is the orientation, with the main elevation facing into the hottest sun path. This drove the architectural language of the new building, balancing the need for natural light while countering privacy and overheating. The ground floor features glass, protected with a perforated steel fence, while the upper floors are defined by a powder-coated aluminium trellis. The trellis has then been wrapped all the way around the entire home, including the original building, which aside from the new covering, was not touched at all. The blending of the façade through the trellis allows the three-storey structure to appear as two, keeping in line with the rest of the homes in the village. Parpis says, “Because the third floor of the extension area aligns with the hip roof of the existing house, we continued the line of the trellis façade to blend and conceal the additional floor.” The trellis was chosen for several reasons: firstly the design allows natural light into the interiors, while still offering a sense of privacy. Secondly, the material itself is low maintenance, lightweight and durable.

The use of steel and aluminium is somewhat unconventional in Thailand but was a necessary choice in order to achieve a strong but minimial structure that didn’t take up precious floor area. “More commonly in Thailand we use reinforced concrete because of the price and the labour, but there was no space for concrete on this project. We needed the smallest sized beams and columns, which we could achieve with a steel structure,” says Parpis. Translating to the interior, the internal spaces waste nothing, which is most apparent in the staircase design. The stairs do not follow a typical vertical flow, but rather manoeuvre to different locations on each floor to use space that would otherwise be awkward or unusable. The new building accommodates many functions and additional floor area. Linking directly to the original home through a corridor on the ground floor is a play area with built-in bookcases. The ground floor also has the grandmother’s room, deliberately positioned lower down for ease of access. Moving up, the first floor is dedicated to the main bedroom and parents’ retreat, while the second floor is an extension of the parent’s retreat, used as a multi-functional gym and movie room, able to adapt over time. Also on the top level is a rooftop play area. Parpis sharing that, “The roof garden was about replacing the land that got built over. So we see it as essentially moving the green space on top of the building”. The interiors exude a sense of tranquillity and friendliness. Light colours and natural timbers form the backdrop to the trees that line the edge of the property. Another natural element can be seen in the small fish pond alongside the ground-floor play area. “We turned the very tiny green space left over into a pond: the owner wanted their kids to have some fish to look after. And it also creates evaporative cooling for the floor above,” says Parpis. Attaching to the side of the original home, this addition manages to combine and harmonise the old and new – all with a vertical trellis that wraps the home and unifies it together. House Cove(r) is now set to grow with this family into the future.abc
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The New Black – Cult Design’s Black Friday Sale

As we gear up to the mayhem that is the festive season, made all the more emotional this year given the circumstances, now is the time to get ahead on your shopping and enjoy some serious specials with Cult Design’s Black Friday sales. The notoriety of Black Friday sales has continued to grow – marking exactly one month until Christmas – the ideal time to finalise gifts, with a particular focus on online shopping. Given that for many people our homes have provided shelter throughout the pandemic, finding the perfect piece of furniture or accessory is as important as ever. And the deals you’ll find at Cult Design will make your decision making even easier. Enjoy a huge 20% off all Cult Design* and HAY** furniture and lighting products using the codes CULTBF21 and HAYBF21. Plus get an additional 10% off at the Poltrona Frau Outlet using the code PFBF10.  Mark your calendars now! The sale will run online from midnight Thursday 25 Nov to 11.59pm Saturday 27 Nov, and in-store Thursday 25 Nov – Friday 26 Nov, 8.30am–5.30pm and Saturday 27 Nov, 10am–4pm   Cult store location: 21-23 Levey Street, Chippendale NSW 2008 HAY store location: 285A Crown Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010   Cult cultdesign.com.au Poltrona Frau Outlet cultdesign.com.au/collections/outlet/ob-poltrona-frau HAY hayshop.com.au   *Excludes accessories, portable table lamps, Vipp kitchens and Outlet. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. **Excludes accessories and portable table lamps. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.abc
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Looking to Elevate Your Kitchen? Look no Further than Phoenix

For those of us who like to entertain, there’s one undeniable fact: The real party always starts in the kitchen. Magnetic to those who want to see behind the scenes, along with the closest circle of friends, and that one ultra-helpful acquaintance who ends up being sous-chef, it’s the most enticing room in the house. At the heart of the home, the kitchen becomes tantamount to entertaining, cooking and cleaning. Consequently, it also receives the most wear and tear – and the most eyes on it. Finding fixtures and fittings that stand both the test of time and the aesthetic demands of this room can be difficult. But Phoenix – purveyors of the finest kitchens and experts in tapware design – knows what it takes to ensure this space is the pinnacle of the home. Phoenix’s Designer Sink Mixers collection has unrivalled functionality. Unique features, such as a 360-degree swivel capacity that allows extended reach and dexterity. [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="117431,117433"] A stalwart in the range – and for good reason – Ester Sink Mixer Squareline is a tall and contemporary tap, defined by its signature curved geometry. Not only is the tap simply captivating – it is also geared towards sustainability. Ester features eco-conscious Cold Start cartridge technology. When the tap is in its traditional mid-lever position, only cold water is delivered. Hot water only flows once the handle is positioned towards ‘hot’ – saving energy by avoiding unnecessary heating. Extending on the already exemplary range, Phoenix has added a new, yet equally remarkable product to its Designer Sink Mixers. With its elegant shape and technical design, Deja perpetuates Phoenix’s reputation of flawlessly merging superior form, finish and functionality. [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="117436,117435"] Deja’s tall, sleek stature and swan-like neck define an aesthetically alluring and statement figure. The ornamental appeal of the tap sees this fixture become a centrepiece of the kitchen, yet its unexpected appeal is in the subtle details. A dual function pull out hand piece with switch alongside a fixed pin lever swivel spout enhances movement and directioning and allows the head of the tap can be drawn directly to where it’s needed. Sink cleaning and food prep have never been easier. Both of the statement taps are available in chrome, brushed nickel or matte black finishes, making them adaptable to any kitchen style. For over 30 years, Phoenix products have been designed with precision and quality in Australia and have been awarded internationally. The brand is an Australian leader in tapware, bringing design excellence to kitchens and bathrooms around the world.

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Casting a Nostalgic Glow

The kernel of inspiration behind Broad is apparent in the name, shares Melbourne-based industrial designer Kate Stokes, “Broad obviously comes from its huge diameter – 800mm wide – so it’s very commanding”. In spite of its large scale, the pendant light is softened by its streamlined form and delicate materiality.   Broad is part of the new collection released by Nau, which features all Australian designers, including pieces by Tom Fereday, Adam Goodrum and Adam Cornish. [caption id="attachment_117210" align="alignnone" width="1170"] The Nau 2021 collection[/caption] Kate says that the process for Broad started with sketches as a way to explore form before moving into 3D models. “I wanted to make sure there was longevity in terms of aesthetics, because even though it’s nice to play and experiment, if it’s not going to be around in 50 years’ time then what’s the point?” she muses. From this perspective, Broad is imbued with a charm that feels instantly recognisable – a certain nostalgia – while still being fresh.  For Kate, it was about designing a pendant light that could grab attention, hung low and confidently over a dining table or island bench. Given its exaggerated span, it does more than make a statement, it "creates a sense of intimacy by illuminating across a wide surface area”, she says.  Broad is designed to sit low, casting a gentle wash of light across a table – the perfect accompaniment to friends, family and delicious food sitting around the dinner table. With this setting in mind, Broad includes an opaque acrylic base with brass button details, design considerations that ensure the right ambience is made without any bad angles. A detail that Kate is really pleased with is the highly resolved stem – the elegant fitting above the shade that keeps the pendant sitting straight. “It helps to balance the light and keep it straight, which was quite a feat given how wide it is,” she says.  [caption id="attachment_117212" align="alignnone" width="800"] The large 800-millimetre Broad pendant light in black[/caption] [caption id="attachment_117213" align="alignnone" width="800"] The 500-millimetre Broad pendant light in Eucalypt[/caption] From beginning to end, Kate collaborated closely with the team at Nau, refining the product variations to take to market. Broad is available in both a large 800-millimetre and 500-millimetre size, and three colours including black, white or eucalypt.    Broad brings a bold, modern form to life – all centred around ambience and atmosphere.  Discover more about the new range at Nau Nau naudesign.comabc
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Stitched Together

Perth-based architecture and landscape practice CAPA was not deterred by the challenges of a difficult site when taking on this project. In fact, the varied topography has worked its way through the forming, massing and volumes of this home designed for a young family. Presented with the brief to create a forever home to suit the surfside lifestyle of the owners, D Residence is a home that does more than respond to their needs, it also responds to the environmental context. “Scarborough is a real mishmash of rough building styles,” says Justin Carrier, Director of CAPA, on the genesis of the design language, adding, “we wanted to provide the owners with a calm space that would protect them from the sun and wind”. The owners had never worked with an architect before and some of the aspirational elements of the brief included a rooftop deck to take in the views of the surf every day, something which CAPA was able to achieve by responding to the site through a series of stitched together spaces. “When we started the process, it was about getting the bones right,” shares Justin. The site had remained vacant for some time because the planning was difficult given the slope in multiple directions. “We followed the natural fall of the land to maximise volume, which is less straightforward but provides more intrigue and meant we could accommodate the roof deck,” says Justin. As a more nuanced approach to the spatial planning, Justin and the team worked a lot in section, with plenty of time for exploration and process to get the spaces linking together right. Central voids and courtyards converge, all arranged around six levels and half levels, interconnected through voids and bridges. “The courtyards and voids were a deliberate decision. There was a tradeoff with noise but they vertically stitch together space and volume,” explains Justin. The void also controls light, softening it as it enters the home, and offers a way to flush the hot air out. Justin says, “The owners hardly use the air conditioning, they just open up the door to the roofdeck, which acts as a thermal chimney, cooling everything down overnight”. Concrete and concrete blockwork form the base of the home offering the kind of durability needed to stand up to the salty sea and wind, and contributing to the "semi-brutalist" aesthetic. The choice to use concrete came from working with the client's appointed builder who specialises in commercial warehouse spaces and brought skills that made the process more cost-effective than what it might usually be. From the outside, the home expresses a strong façade, with a gentle curving flick or undulating form, which is a reference to the ocean and surfing. Landscaping has been given equal consideration to the architecture, with overflowing natives adding a soft touch to the rough-hewn concrete. D Residence is bursting with the character of its owners – artworks, turntables, surfboards and bicycles – but the bones are the result of highly skilled architects working collaboratively with their clients. “The process worked really well, they were really trusting clients and just let us do our job,” says Justin. Project Details Architecture, interiors & landscape – CAPA Project team – Justin Carrier, Steven Postmus, Kah Wai Leong, Qian Yun Say, Steven Johnston Photography – Douglas Mark Black Structural Engineering – ACCE Energy + Building Compliance – CADDS Group Contractor – Alita Constructions Styling – Amy Collins-Walker We think you might like Courtyard House, designed by Coxabc
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A Small Home Pitched like a Tent

Defined by a series of A-frame trusses that shape its pitched roof, Hara House is a rural Japanese home designed to foster community. Located in an agricultural village of Nagaoka city, the small home is structured like a tent, with a white pitched roof that extends from the ground to its peak, interrupted only by low, triangular eaves over the windows, and an A-shaped driveway entrance. Looking out under the triangular eaves of Hara House towards a greenhouse as three kids in uniform ride past. The home was designed by Takeru Shoji Architects for clients who wished to encourage community in their village. Sliding doors and windows open on the borders of the house, providing street-level twin terraces along the length of the house that forgoes a physical barrier between the interior and the street, encouraging passers-by to stop and chat. Japan has been a subject of rapid and significant urbanisation, with less than ten per cent of its population living in rural areas in 2020. The desire for communal design was driven by a wish to revitalise the strong interconnections that villages were once known for, a characteristic that sets towns apart from their city counterparts. A raised wooden platform in Hara House has storage underneath. The design purposefully integrates the building into the fabric of the area to become part of the larger architectural format of the neighbourhood. An opaque frosted wall covers one end of the home, reflecting the materiality of the nearby vinyl greenhouses and allowing light into the house, while still maintaining privacy. Beneath eaves composed of galvanised steel beams that protect from sun, snow and rain, the sliding doors open up to encourage cross ventilation. Top lights further up the building release warm air, keeping the home cool during summer. A view across the long dining table in Hara House, placed directly under the centre of the pitched roof. Inside Hara House, large dressed plywood ceiling squares make up the ceiling, becoming a fundamental element of the home and giving the interior a treehouse-like feel. The plywood is complemented by porcelain tile flooring and an impressive cedar dining table which runs a significant length of the main room, elongating the space. An elevated section of flooring sits alongside the table, acting as both seating and storage. Private rooms are avoided in favour of large, open and adaptable spaces. Open mezzanine levels at each end of the home host the children’s room and a workspace, above the kitchen and master bedroom, respectively. Takeru Shoji Architects is based in Niigata, Japan, and run by Takeru Shoji. ArchitectureTakeru Shoji Architects Photography — Isamu Murai abc