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Tuesday
Jun212016

THAT House

WOW! Do I ever love THAT house! :)Which house? THAT House by Austin Maynard Architects. The site is neighboured by huge houses. We were asked to provide the family with 'just the right amount of space'. By creating large openings and generous connections to the garden we aimed to make this modest-sized home feel abundant and broad. The result is a home that is almost half the size of its neighbours without compromising liveability. (Lets be clear, THAT House is not a small home). The owners of THAT House are keen to able to open up to the community rather than permanently hiding or fortifying themselves. We have installed upwards blinds to give the owners control over their level of privacy. The ground floor of THAT House is ostensibly open, however the arrangement of spaces allows the owners to be together, or secluded, or any level of engagement in between. 

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Friday
May062016

Upper West Side Apartment

"Sleek and minimal with a limited colour palette" could be design-speak for "hard and lifeless" but not with this NY apartment by 1100 Architect. Accents of wood and jute with layering of textures create a warm, modern home. Anyone else go weak at the knees for walls of steel and glass windows?

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Tuesday
Mar292016

Fitzroy Loft

Like a new industrial skeleton within an old brick skin, this 250m2 warehouse conversion in inner-city Melbourne is a mixture of intimate spaces and open voids, family space and public face. I love the light that streams into the heart of the old building, the walls of steel and glass windows and the outside that is actually in. Fitzroy Loft by Architects EAT.

Friday
Feb192016

More from MEME

It seems this week that Kim and I have been travelling the same design path. Our focus has been on fabulous Australian design. This East St Kilda House by Melbourne-based interior design and architectural practice MEME is yet another stellar example. Clean, modern lines with a palette of whites and greys warmed by wood. The recurring arch motive references the building's original Spanish Mission style with new windows and doors in black steel adding another layer to the link. Tactile, robust but strikingly contemporary.

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Thursday
Feb182016

Loft and light

No it's not déjà vu. I'm not reposting. Look up. Perched atop the Stout & Co. Amsterdam building is an expansive black box. Standing on the street craning your neck you'll notice large walls of windows and what appears to be a tree growing on the rooftop garden. A passerby would be forgiven for stopping and pondering what exactly is up there. We know. By Puur Plus Ontwerpers.

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