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Tuesday
Jul242012

BKK Architects

Melbourne based architectural firm BKK Architects was founded in 2000 by Tim Black, Julian Kosloff and Simon Knott. These guys have got it going on. They have won a ton of awards, been featured in a zillion publications, and have captured my attention with their creativity and picturesque designs. I am in awe of the exteriors of the homes they have created. The imagination, attention to detail and understanding of the landscape is so inspiring. A handful of my favourites from their portfolio are below. 

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Thursday
Jul192012

Brick house

Modern and sculptural. Brick plays off concrete and timber, linear patterns meet sweeping curves. It's a funky Melbourne house by Clare Cousins Architects that takes the raw to a new level. Bright, fresh and sun filled spaces with an indie vibe. New and now. (Photography by Shannon McGrath.)

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Thursday
Jul192012

Parents' retreat

Something a little different for today's post. The Melbourne Central Parents' Retreat by Clare Cousins Architects.

"The brief called for three key zones: a wet area for toileting/baby change; a feeding/play area; and a retreat lounge as a waiting or alternative feeding area. While the project required a highly practical solution, ensuring children's safety, adequate sight lines, and low-maintenance wet areas, for example, the emphasis is on peace and play. This is not a utility space, which is used and then left; rather, it encourages people to linger, children to play and parents to recharge. Key to the concept was the aim to preference local suppliers, and to use low-tech and sustainable materials, with bespoke play equipment unique to the project. A vibrant colour palette delineates and connects zones for easy navigation, while the custom-designed play equipment entices children to engage with the space physically."

It's fun and fab, a touch of practical luxury and leisure in an often utilitarian and frankly boring space. No "tuck them away way down the back and forget about them" but a celebration of young children and their parents, a welcome respite from the bustle of the crowds. (Photography by Shannon McGrath.)

Tuesday
Jul172012

Incorporated - part 2

This next home by Incorporated (called Sixteen Doors - guess why) caught my eye beause of the mid-century vibe and the simplicity of the structure. In such beautiful surroundings, anything more would have been completely unneccessary. Now THIS is a "cabin". It has confirmed my belief that long, rectangular homes are so basic yet the layout is really effective and I find this so very appealing. 

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Tuesday
Jul172012

Incorporated - part 1

My twin sister sent me the link to the architecture and design firm of Incorporated, based in New York, and the heart palpitations began the second I started peeking through their residential portfolio. These guys are the shit. Seriously. This apartment they call bohemian, is the coolest thing I've seen in a long time. I don't even know where to begin. Its space after space of awe and wonder.  

Let's start with the dining room, and the birch sliding screen. It's a work of art in itself and the perfect backdrop for the rough wood table. And then to mix things up unexpectedly, a couple granny-ish wing chairs. And if that wasn't enough to stop your heart, an Adelman fixture rounds off the space.   

The owners must REALLY love their kids, because there is a playhouse in the middle of the apartment. And it's wrapped in the infamous Cole & Sons Woods to make it look like a tree house. *insert big smile here*

*insert even bigger smile here* This is my dream room. A retro niche to sit back and enjoy a book, swathed in Orla Kiely's multi-stem wallpaper because having such a niche wasn't cool enough. 

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