Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Project: Wentworth House
Architects: MHN Design Union
Location: Sydney, Australia
Photographs by: Richard Glover

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Wentworth House by MHN Design Union

MHN Design Union is an Australian studio based in Sydney and who have gained some recognition for one of their projects called the Wentworth House. It is located in Vaucluse, a suburb of Sydney, Australia whose design brief was to provide a large home that will blend into its surroundings.

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

The site is located on the southern ridges of Sydney Harbour at the crest of a gully which feeds into Vaucluse Bay. It is heavily wooded with mature eucalypt and palm trees dotted around the site. The site is characterised by a series of sandstone rock shelfs which occur at various heights as you descend down from the street level.

The design brief was to provide a family home which provided generous amenity yet sat quietly within the landscape. Our intent was to capture the story of the site through the design of the house. From the outset we wanted to merge the house and land in a seamless way. Our response was to create a series of planar elements in both plan and section to define the spaces which interlock and extend into the landscape. Overlaying this idea is the linking stair which threads through the levels twisting and turning like a piece of rope. The blade walls are parallel and orientate to the north east with the ends open or glazed thus providing transparency and openness to light, ventilation and harbour views.

In section, the multiple floor levels are treated like cascading platforms and echo the existing rock shelf. These platforms serve to lower you through the house similar to an initial discovery of the site. The stair is central to this experience with the primary spaces extending from it like eddies from a stream. These spaces are quiet and reposed yet maintain their visual connection to the circulation spine. The swimming pool extends the living space and sits high above the ground almost touching the tree canopy.

Emphasising the experiential sequence is a sense of materiality and texture with off form concrete, recycled Ironbark, Burnt Ash and Basaltina stone forming the primary palette. The sense of touch is heightened with the warmth of the native timbers complementing the smooth finishes of the concrete walls and stone floors.

MHN Design Union

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

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Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

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Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Project: Brighton Townhouses
Architects: Martin Friedrich Architects
Location: Brighton, Victoria, Australia
Area: 5,586 sqft
Photographs by: Derek Swalwell

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Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects

The Brighton Townhouses are a project completed by Martin Friedrich Architects in the city of Brighton in Victoria, Australia. Their designs rely on the contemporary home design principles enabling the dwellings to feature spacious living and dining rooms that can extend their area into the courtyards and wrap around pools through sliding doors. Each of the houses spans through three floors, with a spiral staircase to connect them. The interior is blessed with natural light through a large circular skylight.

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

The Brighton townhouses address the strong desire to live comfortably, maximizing area on a more compact site. Gone are the days of abundant grounds. Inner Melbourne markets require maximization of the built area and the creation of smaller outdoor spaces that work efficiently, even in some of the more prosperous suburbs. Two large, three-story townhouses including basement each sit comfortably on the site where a single dilapidated house was originally located.

The minimalist contemporary design provides a seamless indoor-outdoor living space with a large fully glazed kitchen/dining/living room opening on the side and rear via full-width sliding doors to the entertainer’s courtyards and glass-tiled pool. The pool wraps around the main indoor-outdoor living areas.

The glazed entry enclosure aligned to view the pool beyond opens onto the sculptural circular staircase, which transcends all three levels, providing pivotal drama to the entrance of the property. The cylindrical form that houses the stairs projects out of the building on the side, finishing this double-height space from the ground with a large circular skylight above that floods the space in natural light.

The design explores a minimalist pallet of materials finished in pure white render. Matching, white metal louvers on the front and rear provide privacy from the neighboring townhouse and break up the simple shapes of stacked cantilevered cuboidal forms. The dark-colored finishes of the otta-colored oak wood flooring, Pietro Grigio marble, and gray mink-colored carpet contrast with the white walls and add warmth and richness. The pure white house is further accentuated by the vivid colors of the artwork.

On the first floor, three generously sized bedrooms enjoy access to private en-suites, walk-in-robes, and balconies. These are connected via a gallery walkway with a continuous skylight running along the length that has been broken up into eight glazed sections with gimbaled lights projecting on paintings below.

The basement houses cinema, cellar, gymnasium, and a five-car garage with turntable.

Martin Friedrich Architects

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

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Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

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Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne, Australia

Project: Cloud House
Architects: McBride Charles Ryan
Location: Fitzroy North, Melbourne, Australia
Area: 753 sqft
Photographs by: Courtesy of McBride Charles Ryan

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Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan

The Cloud House in Melbourne’s Fitzroy North suburb is nothing more than a historical home typical of the city. This holds true only if you look at it from the street side. On the other side, there is nothing that is typical, nor historical.
McBride Charles Ryan has made sure that this home is as unique as it gets both in regards to its interior and exterior. It flows into three distinct parts. The first of it is the street side rectangular front. On the other side of it is a cloud shaped structure that gives the name to this house and in between these two parts is a bright red area which is the center of the home.

Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne, Australia

The Cloud House is an addition and renovation to a double-fronted Edwardian house in Fitzroy North. Over the course of close to a century, this house has received several additions and modifications.

McBride Charles Ryan’s work for the house is designed in three parts. This allows for a sequence of distinct and unexpected episodes, with glimpses previewing oncoming spaces and experiences as you move through the home.

The street facade has been left to demonstrate the clients’ respect for the evolution of the character of the area and the modest street alteration belies the extent of the comprehensive internal renovation work. The spaces within the original structure are largely white in colour, united by exotic floral hallway carpet. This journey through the space is followed by encountering a disintegrated red-coloured ‘box’. This is the kitchen, at the heart of the property, which acts as a bridge linking the major spaces. A cloud-shaped extrusion is the unexpected final space. Following the form of a child-like impression of a cloud it is a playful addition where family and friends can eat and have fun surrounded by the curved form.

The new living addition faces due south while allowing controlled north sun into the living area and providing effective cross ventilation. The form of the ‘cloud’ conforms to setback regulations without appearing obviously determined by them. The extrusion creates a dramatic interior language where walls merge seamlessly with the floor and ceiling. The craftsmanship is remarkable throughout; it has a sense of care one typically associates with the work of a cooper or wheelwright. While the geometry is playful, the extrusion is essentially a contemporary barrel vault. It is our hope that this cloud has a ‘silver lining’.

McBride Charles Ryan

Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne, Australia

Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne, Australia

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Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne, Australia

Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne, Australia

Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne, Australia

Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne, Australia

Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne, Australia

Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne, Australia

Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne, Australia

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Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

Project: Falcon Beach House
Architects: Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects
Location: Falcon, Mandurah, Australia
Area: 2,260 sqft
Photographs by: Dion Robeson

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Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects

The Falcon Beach House is a contemporary residence designed by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Falcon, a suburb in the coastal city of Mandurah in Australia.
Its design challenges the inappropriate approach of destroying native landscapes and topography. The upper level is neutral for the purpose of acting as a backdrop that focuses the attention on the vast Indian Ocean while the lower level is darker.

Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

Falcon Beach House sits opposite Gearies surf break 1 hour south of Perth. A dip in the dune is echoed by a subtle dip in the balustrade creating a direct connection to the passing surfer.

Based on the rapidly disappearing Mandurah beach house a robust black brick base supports a restrained white Colorbond sheeting skin. The floor is a thin zone of grey, burnished concrete and grey recycled plastic decking.

Everything below the main house level is black, everything above is white and a thin grey zone challenges the concept that everything is black and white.

A wrapping double skin polycarbonate wall provides protection from the elements and provides privacy to occupants, at night this glows to announce the project to the street and ocean.

Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects

Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

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Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

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Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

Project: Concord House
Architects: Studio Benicio
Location: Concord, Sydney, Australia
Area: 2,475 sq ft
Photographs by: Katherine Lu

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Concord House by Studio Benicio

The Concord House is a contemporary, low maintenance four bedroom residence designed by Studio BenicioThis 2,475 square feet dwelling is located in Concord, a suburb in the inner West of Sydney, Australia.
The unique exterior design and layout of the home is an homage to the owners who wanted concrete as the main material. This has resulted in a lot of space that can cater to the four member family’s daily lifestyle.

Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

Built almost entirely from concrete, this striking new home by Studio Benicio makes a solid statement in Concord, a suburb of Sydney.

The low maintenance, contemporary four bedroom house has been designed to showcase the owners’ love for concrete and replaces the existing red brick cottage. “The clients, a family of four, own and operate a formwork business, which in turn has garnered them a great love and appreciation for concrete, and they wanted their new house to feature this throughout.” explains Ian Bennett from Studio Benicio.

Concrete was an unusual choice for this suburban neighbourhood, but made perfect sense for the clients. Combined with white ALUCOBOND®, the home is crisp and will be virtually maintenance free.

One way to reduce the scale of the house due to limited site size was to create an indoor/ outdoor space that works as one. A retractable glass roof over the outdoor area lets light into the space and allows for year-round use. In the interior, a black box seems to be cut out of the walnut kitchen and black bi-fold doors open out to the grassed rear yard.

The mix of materials provides cutting-edge design paired with a comfortable and cosy atmosphere.
The challenge was to design something quite contemporary, incorporate all items in the brief (which included keeping the existing pool), but to avoid any flourishes which would mean the home would not comply with building regulations – all on a modestly sized site.

Studio Benicio

Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

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Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

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Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Project: Block House
Architects: Porebski Architects
Location: Pearl Beach, Australia
Photographs by: Courtesy of Porebski Architects

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Block House by Porebski Architects

The Block House is a modern dwelling that offers a secluded escape in Australia. Its design responds directly to the natural surroundings of Pearl Beach, characterized by uninterrupted views of the oceanside.
The internal layout is organized in an L-shape that enables a free flowing movement between the interior and exterior. There is also an internal courtyard that is created by the house’s two wings.

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Situated on the shore of Pearl Beach, an area where the bush meets the coast, the Block House is a secluded escape designed to respond to its surroundings. Pearl Beach is formed by two coastal headlands and is defined by eucalypt bush to the north and south and a rainforest to the west. Contextually the house relates to the sandstone cliffs and caves of the surrounding headlands and heavy waves on the beach, which in turn influence the form and materiality of the building.

The internal courtyard is formed by two wings, providing an external enclosure protected from harsh onshore winds. The courtyard not only acts a private sanctuary for recreational use, but allows for consistent and controlled ventilation and sun access throughout all spaces in the house. L-shaped single room planning allows movement between interior and exterior spaces to remain unobstructed.

Raw and heavy elements pay homage to the surrounding cliffs and caves of the area. A simple palette of materials requiring minimal maintenance and finishes, along with precision in detailing, create the light sensibility of the structure. Operable layers of the facade generate the transparency of the house where visual and physical connections are established to the surrounding features of the site. Furthermore, sliding timber shutters and cavity sliding windows and doors allow spaces to open seamlessly, blurring the demarcation between inside and outside.

The Block House adheres to numerous sustainable design principles, including passive cooling and heating, external timber shutters, sub-floor ventilation, geothermal heating and cooling, rainwater harvesting, solar panels and thoughtfully placed skylights. The operable timber shutters and low-e double glazing provide protection from fluctuating external conditions, and work in unison with thermally massed materials to deal with high diurnal temperature ranges.

The outcome is a thoughtful sequence of meticulously crafted spaces forming a house that celebrates the act of living on the beach.

Porebski Architects

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

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Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

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Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Project: Berry House
Architects: Modscape
Location: Berry, New South Wales, Australia
Area: 5,005 sq ft
Photographs by: Courtesy of Modscape

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Berry House by Modscape

Modscapean Australian architecture design studio, has completed the Berry House in the town of Berry in New South Wales, Australia.
This firm is known for their expansive portfolio of sustainable, custom built pre-fab homes. They even claim that each of their bespoke residences are completely ready to move in within twelve weeks.

The Berry House is a modular home that evokes an airy pavilion that is surrounded by protective walls. The project takes advantage of the surrounding idyllic forest, although the walls still protect the privacy of the residents.

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

The design brief of this impressive modular home was to create an airy pavilion that takes advantage of the views while providing a private haven from the busy road below. Rendered brick walls envelope the home to create a protective compound which not only provides privacy, but ensures the prefab home is secure. The home’s long, linear form takes advantage of the northern sun and connects to the idyllic bush and mountain landscape beyond.

The approach and transition into the home was an integral part of the modular design. As such, all of the services are concealed from view. Visitors enter via a large pivoting door that penetrates the wall. They then move through a timber battened walkway where dappled light from the courtyard filters through before entering into the double height entrance space. The main living zone opens out to the north-facing courtyard, encouraging afternoons by the pool lounging to the soundtrack of nature.

Meeting all the functional requirements of modern, sustainable design, the home has a total floor area of 465 sqm and consists of 11 modules with a large, open plan kitchen/living/dining area at its heart. A timber joinery core conceals services such as butler’s pantry, laundry and powder room and houses a staircase leading to an upstairs music room.

The finishes palette is minimal and modest with timber, concrete and zinc used in an uncomplicated manner create a design that is humble and nondescript. All landscaping, including the pool, was also coordinated by Modscape.

Modscape

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

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Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

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Cricket Pitch House by Scale Architecture in Sydney, Australia

Project: Cricket Pitch House
Architects: Scale Architecture
Location: North Bondi, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Area: 2,551 sq ft
Photographs by: Brett Boardman

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Cricket Pitch House by Scale Architecture

Scale Architecture have designed the Cricket Pitch House in one of Sydney’s well-established suburban areas – North Bondi. It was designed to suit the owner’s wishes who requested that there is enough space in the backyard to make it suitable for cricket with the family. This requirement dictated the layout of the land so the architects decided to go for a linear organization of the home, effectively creating a backyard with the ideal dimensions for a cricket pitch.
The interior of the home is filled with natural light. There are plenty of windows that make sure of it while the pitched roof that runs diagonally across the building creates four different facades, allowing even more solar exposure.

Cricket Pitch House by Scale Architecture in Sydney, Australia

The Cricket Pitch House is a free standing dwelling in North Bondi, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

The client’s brief for a five bedroom house is centred on a garden suitable for backyard cricket for the growing family.

Located in a well-established suburban part of Sydney, the building’s form recalls the pitched roofs of its environs. The roof ridge runs diagonally across building, creating four different facades, each responding to their orientation.

The linear organisation of the house creates a long north-facing side yard that maximises solar access to the house, while also forming the ideal dimensions for a backyard cricket pitch.

Finely detailed board finished concrete provides texture and mass to the study and entry spaces, while large timber framed glass sliding doors open from the dining and living spaces to the garden.

The upper brick volume is punctured by horizontal windows, framed by painted steel surrounds that protect the glass from the intense summer sun.

A light-filled stair void makes a transverse cut through the plan, provides separation between programs and is expressed on the façade with a large steel vertical window.

Working closely with Landscape Architect, Sue Barnsley, the roof garden, backyard meadow and indigenous grove are reimagined to contain native flora purposefully selected to attract birds and insects endemic to the area.

Scale Architecture

Cricket Pitch House by Scale Architecture in Sydney, Australia

Cricket Pitch House by Scale Architecture in Sydney, Australia

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Cricket Pitch House by Scale Architecture in Sydney, Australia

Cricket Pitch House by Scale Architecture in Sydney, Australia

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Lagoon House by Robin Payne in Bribie Island, Australia

Project: Lagoon House
Architects: Robin Payne
Location: Bribie Island, Queensland, Australia
Photographs by: Phill Jackson

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Lagoon House by Robin Payne

The Lagoon House by Robin Payne is a contemporary seafront house located on Bribie Island in Queensland, Australia, at the very entry to the main canal at the Pacific Harbor.
The brief for this house was very simple. The clients told the architecture studio that they wanted a home with facilities typical for a 5 star resort, including a view towards the sea from every room in the house.

Lagoon House by Robin Payne in Bribie Island, Australia

The building design was to reflect its subtropical location and allow for the provision of lush tropical gardens.
The home has been designed on a radius to allow transition from the street alignment to the canal frontage. This has the added benefit of visually shortening the passage from the garage to the main living areas.

This splay has allowed for the provision of a lagoon which wraps around 3 of the 4 guest bures and separates the home from the public parkland to the west. Each room has a private terrace overlooking the lagoon and passage beyond.

The living, kitchen and entertaining areas are surrounded with frameless glass walls which slide away to remove the ‘edge’ between internal and external spaces. The lagoon at this edge invites you to grab a drink and slip into its cooling water.
Large cantilevers to the upper floor provide protection to the living spaces.

Cantilevered stairs lead down to the glass enclosed basement cellar from the large kitchen and butler’s pantry. The cellar is also serviced with a dumb waiter to the upper levels.
A glazed box breaks through the 2-storey spine of the home and houses the stair to the upper floor master suite. This provides the owners with a view down the lagoon the guest rooms and southward down the passage.

Robin Payne

Lagoon House by Robin Payne in Bribie Island, Australia

Lagoon House by Robin Payne in Bribie Island, Australia

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Lagoon House by Robin Payne in Bribie Island, Australia

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Lagoon House by Robin Payne in Bribie Island, Australia

Lagoon House by Robin Payne in Bribie Island, Australia

Lagoon House by Robin Payne in Bribie Island, Australia

Lagoon House by Robin Payne in Bribie Island, Australia

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True North House by Tandem in Melbourne, Australia

Project: True North House
Architects: Tandem
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Photographs by: John Gollings

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True North House by Tandem

Tandema Melbourne-based studio, have designed the True North House in the Kensington neighborhood of Melbourne. This home is very unique, starting from its exterior, it is full of creative solutions all the way to the interiors. First of all, its corrugated metal exterior is curved and the house takes on an unusual shape because it is located on a triangular plot that was occupied by a worn out 1950s cottage with a stable.

The stable was renovated and now it has become a one-bedroom townhouse while the house was replaced by a three-bedroom residence with a triangular form that makes the most out of the irregularly shaped site.

True North House by Tandem in Melbourne, Australia

Architecture offers another approach, that sets aside other buildings, creating a glimpse into an alternative world that is at once seductive and utterly compelling.

This long tapering triangular corner site in Kensington has an historic stables built in the 1880s, located along a disused lane and a new, curvilinear three bedroom house.

True North was featured on Grand Designs Australia in June 2017.

The new dwelling is high performance solar passive 7.3 star rated house with living on the ground floor and sleeping above.

The open corner block is wide enough to accommodate two rooms and a corridor on the western boundary, narrowing to a single room towards the east. Rounding the ends of the triangular form set in play a language of soft, curving elements that extend and enfold space in and around the building.

The custom made zig-zag folded metal facade creates a continuous, curving pleat pinned together over the front door. The curving form is visually dynamic, appearing to be always in motion. The pleats are punctured by rusted metal hoods that frame views from the upper level bedrooms into the neighbourhood.

Placed in the centre of the block, the facade undulates and bends to create north facing pocket gardens, rear produce garden and to encourage light to enter neighbouring rear yards.

The lower level is for living, containing living, dining & kitchen spaces while the upper level is sleeping, accommodating bedrooms and bathrooms.

Low height walls from reclaimed brick ground the floating form, connecting the building to the heritage listed brick stables.

The new dwelling claims the corner, rounding in a continuous organic form that deliberately confuses the reading of front, side and back.

At the rear of the block, the double brick stables were stabilized by a cross braced timber internal structure and restored as a one bedroom townhouse. 

Dilapidated and neglected, the existing brickwork was pinned to a heavy weight timber framed internal framework supported off a new internal concrete ring beam and infill slab. The original brick floor was relayed and upper level timber framed loft floor re-finished.

Tandem

True North House by Tandem in Melbourne, Australia

True North House by Tandem in Melbourne, Australia

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