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Habitusliving.com explores the best residential architecture and design in Australia and Asia Pacific.


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Brutalist Architecture reminds us you’ve got to be cruel to be kind.

Balmoral House
Designed by architects Clinton Murray and Polly Harbison, the Balmoral House sits on Sydney’s lower shore and takes inspiration from Brutalism as much as art. “Art formed a pivotal aspect in designing the Balmoral House,” we wrote. “The form, setting, landscape and art are all inspired by a gallery’s sensibility as a fluid and interrelated system, with ‘art’ being treated as the third occupant of the house.”

Balmoral House - Habitus Living


Skyline Drive
Designing his own home, Skyline Drive, was both a blessing and a curse for architect Feras Raffoul of FGR Architects. He wasn’t constrained by the preferences of others (read: clients) but he also had a lot more emotionally invested. He chose concrete and glass to be the headlining materials in this act for their ability to develop patina over time as well as play against each other.

Skyline Drive | Habitus Living


Frame House
The Frame House by Carr Design Group is essentially a big black square of steel and zinc behind a tall concrete fence. And yet despite its imposing presence it’s somehow light and airy. Perhaps it has something to do with the floor-to-ceiling glass walls and doors. Or the fact that the entire ground floor can be opened up allowing for cross ventilation. We’re definitely picking up what they’re putting down.

Frame House | Habitus Living


Tomorrow’s Concrete
A home that’s heavy on the concrete is counteracted by teal feature doors and accents of timber scattered throughout. More than this however the family had a keen desire to seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor spaces – one that was realised by Studio Benicio.



Holly Cunneen was the editor of Habitus and has spent her time in the media writing about architecture, design and our local industry. With a firm view that “design has a shared responsibility to the individual as much as it does the wider community,” her personal and professional trajectory sees her chart the interests, accomplishments, and emerging patterns of behaviour within the architecture and design community.