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Oh Mama!

An apartment perched on the rooftop of an old factory in Sydney's inner-city suburb of Redfern, a modern oasis a hand's stretch away from the CBD. While the apartment is stunning and so are the views, it's the outdoor spaces that are the true luxury. As the designers SJB describe it it's "a garden that you happened to live in, rather than an apartment surrounded by greenery." And why did I call this post "Oh Mama"? Yes I love the apartment and its garden but my heart belongs to the Big Mama chair.

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Black and white

Volume, light, proportion and materiality. These are the elements at the heart of designs by Toronto-based architectural studio Atelier Kastelic Buffey. What appears to be simple and minimal is, in fact, a beautifully balanced consideration of form and function resulting in a modern interpretation of a family ski chalet.


Here ... up a storm while some of you perch on the barstools telling me stories about great dinners past or help lay the table. What are we playing on the sound system? Something to boom off those walls? Perfect. Tregoning House, Avalon Beach by Sydney-based architect Daniel Raymond.


Barnhouse - a contemporary home in London

WHOA. I spotted this house for sale on The Modern House and am having heart palpitations (and not because of the price). Barnhouse is one of Britain’s most architecturally significant contemporary houses and has never previously been offered for sale. Winner of the prestigious AJ First Building Award at the Stirling Prize ceremony in 2002, it was designed by Charlie Sutherland. The house is set behind the historic 18th-century Highgate High Street, deep into its quarter-acre site, providing complete privacy and tranquillity yet enjoying the convenience of the Village. There is approx. 6,000 sq ft of residential floor area, plus additional retail, integral garaging and covered courtyard space. The intention of the project was to unite the new house with the pre-existing buildings on the substantial site, to create an integrated living and working environment. As well as the four-bedroom main house, there is an original timber-clad barn, which was previously used as an artist’s studio. Further, incorporated as part of the original site is a paneled three / four-bedroom apartment, ideal for family or a service flat, above the interesting little shop and basement, which opens with a separate entrance onto the High Street. You can read further details on this spectacular home here, and do check out the floorplan. This home is a dream!!!

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Scale of Ply

Like a giant origami box or an exercise in geometry this remodel and extension of a Victorian house in Dublin by Noji "uses plywood as a primary and secondary structural material to replace an aged conservatory that acted as the main light source for the ground floor. The prefabricated plywood structure allows for a series of interconnecting triangular plains positioned to allow light deep into the plan as the sun moves through the day." Love the intersecting lines and the tumble of triangles but the math involved in its design would have blown my mind.

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