A stunning country abode - Limerick House by Solomon Troup Architects

 
Architect - Soloman Troup | Photogrpahy -  Tatjana Plitt

Architect - Soloman Troup | Photogrpahy -  Tatjana Plitt

 

Brunswick based firm Solomon Troup Architects have recently completed their first project, Limerick House, located in Eganstown, about 10 minutes outside of Daylesford, Victoria. It is a modest addition to an existing house that was owned by the clients’ father, who built the house out of three disused railway cottages.

The form of the addition was inspired by the old dilapidated shearing sheds that inhabit the local area. Black-stained timber decking boards were used to clad the entire addition to further enhance the resemblance of the aged timber look of the local dilapidated shearing sheds, whilst silver-top ash lining boards add warmth to the interior space and contrast the black exterior.

 
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HOME TOUR | Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group

 
Architectural Design  Auhaus Architecture  | Photography by  Mike Baker  | Styling by  Heather Nette King  | Featuring furniture from  Meizai

Architectural Design Auhaus Architecture | Photography by Mike Baker | Styling by Heather Nette King | Featuring furniture from Meizai

 

Say Hello to 'Courtyard House' a stunning home from the AuHaus release by Lifespaces Group. This home has been designed for relaxed living with all spaces arranged around a large central courtyard which draws light and breeze into the house and creates a strong connection between all living zones.

The material palette of blue-stone and natural hardwood creates an elegantly understated and robust family home with lofty ceilings and generous glazing which floods the living areas with natural light. The semi-enclosed courtyard acts as an outdoor room, an entertaining space onto which all internal areas flow. This central courtyard also provides a controlled and private external outlook regardless of neighbouring conditions.

Check out the rest of the AuHaus Release here.

Find out about Lifespaces Group here.

 
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Interiors to swoon over... and at an RSL you say?!

 
Photographer | Damian Bennett

Photographer | Damian Bennett

TomMarkHenry delivers their authentic design approach to Rooty Hill RSL

 

Made by the Hill is a new social destination at Rooty Hill RSL that’s bringing the Scandinavian style of boutique bars and city cafés to Western Sydney. Designed by TomMarkHenry in collaboration with Altis Architecture, the revitalised space is relaxed and comfortable with a soft, natural and durable aesthetic to cater for a broad range of demographics and functions.
 
Facilitating this variety of functions, and accommodating large numbers of people and wide-ranging demographics required careful spatial planning. Circulating around the new island bar, the open-plan floor space has been divided into a series of zones to offer a more human scale and provide different levels of comfort and atmosphere. Banquette areas and long tables are for larger groups; and intimate pockets, booths and counter-height bars are for smaller groups and couples.

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The gentle palette of dusty pinks, pale yellows and soft greys complement the soft curves of the seating, booths and bars, which are drenched in natural light from the floor-to-ceiling window façade. Greenery throughout Made by the Hill adds contrasting colour and life.

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The Scandinavian-style furnishings, which offer durability and longevity in both practical and aesthetic terms, have rounded forms, organic lines and wooden frames. This includes classic pieces such as Thonet’s spindle-back Arka armchair; the cane-woven Benko chair; the Ironica beechwood dining chair as an updated version of the iconic Windsor; and Studioilse’s two-seater De La Espada with its high stick back. These are matched with contemporary upholstered chairs with enveloping forms that still reference Danish design. Natural materials continue throughout Made by the Hill with oak and walnut tabletops, Blackbutt timber, stone and marble, and leather, canvas and wool.
 
TomMarkHenry thrives on the creative and collaborative development of unique and exceptional spaces such as Made by the Hill, and its authentic and adaptable approach ensures the dynamic studio continues to push the boundaries of design and expectation. 

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GETAWAY | Mitchelton Winery Luxury Boutique Hotel

 
Mitchelton Winery Luxury Boutique Hotel

Mitchelton Winery launches $16million Luxury Boutique Hotel in the Goulburn Valley.

 

Opening December 1st 2017, in the Victorian countryside near Nagambie, The Mitchelton Hotel and Spa provides a new standard in laid back luxury for the region just 90 minutes’ drive from Melbourne.

A personal project of caravan magnate Gerry Ryan and his son Andrew, the $16 million Mitchelton Hotel and Spa is the most recent addition to the family’s spectacular MItchelton Winery Estate, set on the banks of the Goulburn River.

Initially planned for construction upon the property’s founding in 1969 – a vision never realised due to budget constraints – the striking new facility was conceived in partnership with internationally renowned architecture and interior design firm Hecker Guthrie to complement the property’s existing Robin Boyd structures, whilst paying homage to its rural location and wine producing background.

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Developed to enhance the tourism drawcard for the region, the Mitchelton Hotel’s 58 rooms is comprised of the 33-sqm ‘River’ or ‘Vineyard’ view categories through to the four 57-sqm suites. Featuring spacious rooms adorned with earthy tones, the hotel was designed to have a relationship with its countryside setting and, in particular, the horse studs around Nagambie.  

In guest rooms, floor to ceiling windows open onto private terraces with expansive views of the Goulburn River or Mitchelton Vineyard. Whilst inside, details of the linen curtains, timber joinery, Trevor Mein & David Band artworks create a soft, warm space for guests to unwind.

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The Spa, with its expansive views of the surrounds, offers guests regionally inspired spa experiences developed using Uspa products – an Australian collection of pure, natural skincare that combines the botanical wisdom and healing elements of nature.

Upon the banks of the Goulburn River, on a terrace landscaped by Jamie Clapham, sits a 20m infinity pool where guests can embrace the rural setting whilst sampling one of winemaker Travis Clydesdale’s finest tipples.

Opening special room rates for the Mitchelton Hotel start at $289 per night including breakfast for two and a winery tour.

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‘The Hotel and Day Spa is something that we wanted to develop early on with our acquisition of the estate,’ said Andrew Ryan, Managing Director of the Mitchelton property.

‘It has always been the missing piece in the puzzle for Mitchelton. Goulburn Valley and Nagambie have so much to offer, we have high hopes that the addition of the accommodation facility will help attract more visitors to the region and boost local tourism.’ said Ryan.

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Home Tour - Foote House by McKimm

 
Foote House by McKimm

There is so much to love about Foote House #project341 by McKimm - be it the stunning black and marble kitchen with over sized linear pendant light (above), the modern and super luxurious bathrooms or the fact the whole house was created in a U shape around the mind blowingly beautiful pool, so you can catch a glimpse of the glistening water from all angles and many rooms.

Material selection is key to this home being an absolute stand out, McKimm's use of concrete, feature brickwork and timber have been layered with architectural finesse, creating a different textural experience at every turn.


We would love to know what your favourite feature is, comment below! 

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"Conceptually, the architectural composition of the home sits in a u-shape formation, flanking the pool as the centrepiece and integrating the indoor and outdoor spaces with ease. The luxury of a northern orientation floods the open plan living spaces with an abundance of natural light, including the underground basement where light dances through via a landscaped glass atrium that falls from the main entrance." says McKimm

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Foote House by McKimm
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Houseboat Heaven... if you've ever wanted to live on the water, I've found your new home!

 
Project by Infinite Design Studio | Photographer Prue Ruscoe

Project by Infinite Design Studio | Photographer Prue Ruscoe

Is this the dream house we have all been searching for? It's on the water, has beautiful interior design, a deck to watch the sunset and drink vino and you can move it to a new location whenever you feel like a change of view... I'm sold! 

Infinite Design Studio has restored and redesigned a house that has prime position on Sydney Harbour. The two-storey houseboat moored in Pearl Bay, Mosman, was once the permanent home of the client and their children.

Infused with new life, it is now their holiday retreat and entertaining space, afloat on Sydney Harbour.  “I am a big believer in spending time on site to immerse myself in the location and to understand how best to integrate the qualities of the surroundings into the design,” says Michelle Macarounas, Principal and Lead Designer at Infinite Design Studio. “This property sits in such a fabulous location that we created an extremely pared-back palette so as not to compete with the views and environment.

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The restored and redesigned houseboat has an open living and kitchen area and deck on the first floor, as well as a double bedroom and ensuite. The master suite is upstairs, with a large bathroom, reading area and entertaining deck. Light, ventilation and openness are of vital importance for life on the water, fostering a sense of spaciousness and connection with the stunning surrounds. Infinite Design Studio transformed the interior and exterior living spaces with a soft palette and natural materials that reference the natural environment. Inside, French oak flooring, cream-coloured travertine tiles, contemporary joinery and custom-made furniture are a lighter counterpart to the darker weatherboard exterior.

Views of the harbour are captured through timber-framed windows, and circular mirrors throughout the house reference portholes and enhance the natural light and openness. The houseboat was originally constructed from parts of a barge built in the 1800s, which transported produce across Middle Harbour before construction of the Spit Bridge in the 1950s. To preserve this history, Infinite Design Studio restored the heritage features, including the timber window frames and leadlight window and the benchtops that date back to the original barge.

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Marine grade components ensure the houseboat is watertight, and all mechanics, hydraulics, electrical and facilities were upgraded, as were the finishes and fixtures. Infinite Design Studio creates sumptuous and sophisticated spaces with warmth and soul. A unique and exceptional project, the design of Mosman Houseboat pays respect to the vessel’s history, takes advantage of its privileged location and provides for contemporary luxury living on one of the world’s most dazzling waterways.

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The Pool | NGV

 
The Pool is co-curated by Isabelle Toland, Amelia Holliday and Michelle Tabet and was originally commissioned for the Venice Architecture Biennale by the Australian Institute of Architects.

The Pool is co-curated by Isabelle Toland, Amelia Holliday and Michelle Tabet and was originally commissioned for the Venice Architecture Biennale by the Australian Institute of Architects.

The Pool is an architecture exhibition that represents the connection between landscape, culture and architecture as observed through the frame of a singular architectural and landscape typology – the swimming pool.

As the 2016 Australian exhibition at the prestigious Venice Architecture Biennale, The Pool offers a lens through which to explore Australian cultural identity through an exploration of the pools of Australia – natural or manmade, inland or coastal, temporary or permanent. 

You can experience this incredible installation at NGV Melbourne

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The Pool is a fresh and joyful exhibition that extends the practice and thinking of architecture, offering a celebratory and accessible conversation about the ways in which pools as places affect us both socially and culturally. Pools are levellers of age, background, education and commitment.

The exhibition, consisting of a functioning pool, invites visitors to ‘take a dip’ inside the gallery. Complemented by multimedia and audio content the exhibition provides insights into the pool as a setting for cultural exchange, including stories of segregation, competition, sustainability and survival.

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FREE ENTRY | NGV AUSTRALIA, FEDERATION SQUARE, GROUND LEVEL, NGV DESIGN STUDIO
 

18 AUG 17 – 18 FEB 18 | OPEN 10AM–5PM DAILY

 

Brick is back... Fish Creek House - Houses Awards 17

 
Photography Ben Hosking

Photography Ben Hosking

Fish Creek House by Editon Office  was the winner of 'New House over 200m2' category in the Houses Awards 17 - which was announced this month. 

"The Fish-Creek house is contained within the singular gesture of a long, highly textured wall, which closely wraps three nested, black timber pavilions offering shelter while they sit upon the lowered wall and gaze out upon the undulating and extraordinary landscape that surrounds them." 

We love the modern simplicity of this single story dwelling, the use of brick to add texture and the way it fits into it's surrounding landscape. 

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"An abstract object sits embedded in the landscape - a long, highly textured wall wrapping three black timber pavilions and enclosing five courtyards. The structures offer shelter from the at-times harsh climate, as well as views over the extraordinary landscape and coastline to the east.

The textured brick wall, with its carefully curated mortar jointing, anchors the building to the site. Its earthen materiality is attuned to the landscape, mediating between screening a busy road to the west and opening up to the view.

The planning of the house into three discrete pavilions separated by courtyards allows for the entry of northern light along its length, and for the incremental shutting down or opening up of the house to suit either its owners - an elderly couple - or larger family gatherings.

Building a sizeable project with a high level of quality and detail on a relatively modest budget is a significant achievement in itself. This project goes much further - it offers an alternative model for ageing in place, with careful consideration of the single-level plan, the accessibility of bathrooms, access to outdoor spaces and an acute awareness of scale."

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Sustainability... The Future of Design

 
Designed by  Modscape

Designed by Modscape

With 2020 just around the corner I think we all believed we would be in our flying cars by now, instead we are grappling with the fact that we are slowly but surely destroying our planet and something big needs to change.

From a design and building perspective, one thing that we can do to help bring about positive change for the planet is to focus on sustainable architecture and design.  We need to build a greater and more sustainable world for future generations. By changing the way we look at architecture, design and building practices we can potentially combat some of the big issues and create innovative adjustments that will make a difference now and also moving forward.

Designed by  Archiblox

Designed by Archiblox

Eco-friendly architecture can mean many things but first and foremost it means green/sustainable building - ensuring the structure and building work is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout its entirety, thus becoming a liveable design. Everyday more and more new construction technologies are being developed to ensure that we, as the generations responsible for ‘now’, are moving towards a sustainable future. We need to reduce our carbon footprint and celebrate renewable resources, which in turn will make an impact as soon as possible.

Designed by  Alpes Green Design

Designed by Alpes Green Design

Giving back to the environment through thoughtful, clever design and building will ensure that we slow the decline and aim for a more sustainable future. New technologies see us being able to use less water as well as collect it in the process and we can now save energy as well as create it. In addition to new technologies, designing a building to benefit from the natural flow of light and air is a valuable resource; taking advantage of what nature has to offer us from the beginning is the key to changing the way we design structures.

On top of everything else, construction materials play a big part when building for sustainable living. Using reclaimed materials, like wood, recycled glass, using biodegradable paint and recycled metal make a huge impact locally and globally.

Looking ahead can sometimes be a scary concept, however if we act more purposefully now, we can ensure prosperity for the future generations.

Designed by  BKK Architects

Designed by BKK Architects

This blog post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organised by CGTrader

 

No space, no worries... check out this incredible renovation

 
Architect: Apparte Studio | Photo: Christopher Alexander

Architect: Apparte Studio | Photo: Christopher Alexander

Apparte Studio has completed an incredible renovation on this single fronted Victorian Cottage that proves with the right architecture and design, limited space has no boundaries. 

This originally cramped, dark and damp Victorian cottage has been transformed into a light-filled, flowing and uplifting home, while still referencing the original features of the house. The project is unique in the fact that the architect was also the builder and joiner, which provided the opportunity to test out ambitious ideas and their consequences during the construction.

One of the special aspects about this project is the play of contrasts between the modest facade and what lies inside. Like a veil of camouflage, the front gives nothing away of its contents and remains perfectly anonymous.

This home is only 60m2... no that is not a typo! So the brief was "How might a professional couple live comfortably inside a formerly tight and dingy Victorian of no more than 60m2?" And to add to the challenge, an extension was out of the question due to budget constraints, so all changes had to be made inside the existing structure. 

Scroll down to see for yourself how they transformed this home into a modern, light filled inner city dwelling. 

 

This is the apartment James Bond would live in if he was a Sydneysider...

 

Paragon of Pyrmont, Thirdi Group’s latest residential development promises to deliver stunning living at an unparalleled inner city location in Sydney’s Pyrmont to a standard never seen before.

Designed by globally renowned architects and interior designers, SJB, Paragon of Pyrmont features a range of luxury 1 and 3 bedroom apartments and exclusive 3, 4 and 5 bedroom residences that are guaranteed to excite even the most discerning purchasers. Paragon’s piece de resistance is its remarkably luxurious 5-level terrace townhouses, which impress from the moment you cross the threshold.

And I mean who doesn't want their Maserati in their office?!

Landscaping across the development by Black Beetle ensure a lush green outlook in the centre of the city. Huge vertical gardens are incorporated into Terraces 1-5, 10 and 21 with custom lighting and potential water feature visible from all bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas.

With innovation paramount, Paragon of Pyrmont residences will integrate the latest in advanced automation and green technologies. All apartments will incorporate the very latest in home automation, with the ability to control lighting, air-conditioning, entertainment, security and power consumption from an iPad or smartphones app.

Furthermore, each residence features a private basement garage, most accommodating two cars, with a smart home automation system that recognises when a resident’s car is approaching the garage and open automatically, turning on the lights (even into the terrace, depending on individual settings) and ensuring the private lift is waiting to ferry them up to their home. The generously sized garages also have ample room for a laundry, bike racks, additional storage and even a temperature-controlled wine cellar for up to 1000 bottles.

 

Exteriors... 5 of the best right now!

 
Canterbury Road Residence, Toorak by  BE Architecture

Canterbury Road Residence, Toorak by BE Architecture

Stone - It adds a modern edge and as we all know, texture is everything! Stone is the perfect way to incorporate another texture/material into your exterior and add some WOW!

Escobar Renovation by  Chen+Suchart Studio

Escobar Renovation by Chen+Suchart Studio

Steel - Super durable and very low maintenance - so a big yes to that! Steel is a sleek and modern option and the perfect choice for the minimalists at heart. 

House in House by  Steffen Welsch Architects

Timber Slats - I love vertical timber slats as cladding and the interest they create - the positive/negative space draws your eye in and the natural tones lend themselves perfectly to greenery and gardens.

Kerferd Project by  Whiting Architects

Kerferd Project by Whiting Architects

Shadow Clad - is timber cladding with a 'shadow line' between each board and I happen to love the look of this, especially since we used it on our last renovation. It suits almost all architectural styles and is super low maintenance and easy to install for a professional.

Cobourg Residence by  Trevor Horne Architects

Cobourg Residence by Trevor Horne Architects

Brick/Masonry - A classic but still widely used exterior product. Bricks come in many a shape/colour/texture/material nowadays so do your research and get creative.