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Entries in plywood (7)

Monday
Jan272014

In the heart of it

Flinders Lane Melbourne. You can't get any closer to the heart of city. Only 75 metres square this clever apartment is stylish and hip. Plywood is used for the fitout with a storage cube providing a now you see it now you don't parents' sleeping nook and the baby's room. Flinders Lane Apartment by Clare Cousins. Contemporary architecture, historic building, dynamic laneway. A perfect marriage. The icing on the cake? It's listed on airbnb.

  

  

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Tuesday
Jan142014

Blackpool House

Rising like a dark tower through the dense vegetation is a modest one bedroom house. Changes of level and expanses of glass provide views that slice through the tree canopy while the house seems to tumble down the steep slope. Black cladding helps the structure disappear into the forrest. A wonderful getaway, an adult's cubby house. The Blackpool House at Waiheke, New Zealand by Glamuzina Paterson Architects.

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Friday
Dec062013

Whale Bay getaway

More Pacific bure than your typical New Zealand bach this family beach house is perfect but definitely not precious. Kids flung on daybeds and stray sand underfoot, wet swimmers hung over railings and always someone grazing in the fridge. The soft hum of summer insects and memories of returning year after year to a special place. The family's Whale Bay getaway. By Chesire Architects - with initial design undertaken while a director at Jasmax.

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Tuesday
Oct082013

The Nak

A few posts ago there was much debate about a Soviet bunker conversion. Bad history vs. good design. Can new lives and loves erase the horror, the harm? The Nak is a reconverted horse knackery, partly reconstructed to become a private weekender in the bush near Trafalgar in Victoria, Australia. Wolveridge Architects have created a home that is beautiful and functional while sitting solidly in its bush setting like the agricultural/industrial building it once was. The death of horses has given way to new life, new use. Thoughts? Can good adaptive design rehabilitate not just the building but the building's history?

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Thursday
Jul112013

No need to ply me ...

... with alcohol to make me fall for this home by Dutch interior architects i29. Modern and fabulous with a limited palette of grey and white. The hero though is the plywood used repeatedly throughout the home. An often overlooked, "second class" building material is the standout here. That and the open plan design, the fireplace, the walls of glass. No definitely the plywood ;)

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