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Thursday
May052016

Blending in

When an architect makes an effort to redesign a house that still blends in with its surroundings. Kudos to Toronto architecture firm Johnson Chou for this wonderful project (which maybe can inspire and architect or 2 here in Ottawa). I adore this home inside and out and will be using this as inspiration whenever I get around to doing something with the exterior of my house. (How does a house built in 1940 NEVER have any landscaping done?! It's so embarrassing). And check out a previous feature on this talented firm here

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Thursday
May052016

Casa Sumaré

A couple of months ago Jo featured a project by Brazilian architect Felipe Hess that was fresh and colourful with some fun graphic patterns. I came across this project of Felipe's that is quite the opposite. Not what we typically see from a Brazilian - this one is very subdued, modern and minimalist. I love it for those reasons. And because someone clearly has great taste in chairs (Hans Wegner's Hoop and Peacock).

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Friday
Apr292016

Brunswick House by Preston Lane

"Key to the clients’ brief for Brunswick House was to provide better connections between the indoor and outdoor spaces and optimize the use of natural light throughout the house. Soft light bounces off the water of the new lap pool onto the ceiling intermingled with gentle shadows from the trees in the adjacent property on the western boundary. The crisp lines of the fine steel window frames and perforated mesh box overhead provide a contemporary addition to the original double storey Victorian terrace which intentionally contrast the original period features."

Brunswick House by Melbourne-based architectural firm Preston Lane rounds out a week that had more than it's fair share of extensions and renovations to older homes in Australia. It may sound like bragging but I really believe that Australian architects are masters of the addition. It's not just about extra space but about light, transition between inside and out, modern, often open plan living and a distinction between old and new, of due respect and reference to the original but also a celebration of the best of contemporary design.

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Wednesday
Apr272016

Words cannot describe

The real estate adage goes "location, location, location" and I don't think you can get a more spectacular location than Ben Buckler Point in Sydney, overlooking iconic Bondi Beach. Here houses spill down to the high water line bravely facing the unremitting waves. How do you design a house that is up to the challenge of sea and scene? How to embrace the view and the site restraints? Ask architects Tobias Partners or better still drink in the restrained beauty of their design, Deepwater House.

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Tuesday
Apr262016

Monochrome

Monochromatic and moody this art deco apartment in Sydney's Potts Point is raw yet polished with its stripped back floors and exposed brick in counterpoint to ornate plaster ceilings and slick modern kitchen. An oasis in the bustling inner-city by design studio Lawless & Meyerson.

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