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New meets old in Medindie

A historic facade and thoroughly modern out the back. Yes another fabulous old meets new Aussie extension. In the suburb of Medindie in the inner-north of Adelaide, South Australia. By William Burton Leopardi. I think the architects description of how it all came about is great.

“Don’t kill the tree!” A gnarly pepper tree formed the planning challenge of an addition for a young family to their Victorian era home. A pool, small block, desire for light, space and ‘room to grow’ rounded out the brief and reaffirmed the challenge. Space for all, parents and kids, and an enthusiasm to embrace this as the “opportunity of a lifetime” allowed for delightful layering of function, whimsy and contemporary eclectism – oh…..and “don’t want to see the kitchen.”

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A Brooklyn townhouse renovation

You all know by now that I LOOOOOVE a good Brooklyn townhouse renovation. This one was submitted by the lovely folks of Lang Architecture (featured once before here). This 4 story Italianate row house was was converted from a three family to a single-family house with original interior details carefully restored. The garden floor features an office and den, the parlor floor has a living room with custom window seat at the front and a kitchen and new steel balcony at the rear. The fine wood period stair has been restored and leads to the bedroom floors. The master bedroom overlooks the street, with a generous dressing room and bathroom suite at the rear. The bathroom features custom steel and wood partitions, providing a warm complement to marble slab and tile. 

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Another project by Hugh Randolph Architects

I wanted to share a little glimpse into this home that was also transformed by High Randolph Architects. It is a bit gothic, a bit modern, and beautifully decorated by the homeowners (which must be quite a relief to an architect).


Palma Plaza

Hugh Randolph Architects updated this 1935 Greek Revival cottage in Austin, Texas and the result is functional and modern yet honouring its past and maintaining the traditional look of the exterior. This is my favourite type of renovation - traditional facade with an unexpected surprise on the inside (and some great use of under-the-stairs space!). The exterior of this home is absolutely gorgeous. I think this needs to go in my inspiration file. 

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Working on a Saturday

I was just going to pontificate about style and work and weekends like I usually do but the architects, Williams Burton Leopardi, describe this building in Kent Town, South Australia so much better than any glib badinage I could come up with.

The workplace today needs community, connection and inclusion. Base 64 is set up as a community of cohabitating businesses under the umbrella of former Internode chief Simon Hackett. Seen as a technology incubator, it eschews the short term excesses of a Silicon Valley “fun park” office for an emphasis on belonging, integration with the outdoors, rich, lush, tactile materials and a sense of comfort and well being. All this is underpinned by a strict environmental responsibility and adaptive re-use.

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