Common in the inner city areas of my part of the world are small wooden worker’s cottages from the late 19th century. Four rooms with a central corridor wrapped with a verandah. This extension by Brisbane based architects Owen and Vokes adds areas to eat and meet and bathe but orientates them to the outdoor spaces. The lovely old garden with its spreading frangipani is now a part of the indoor outdoor lifestyle along with an outdoor fireplace for entertaining and cooking. Windows and openings allow the light to penetrate the building and a modern take on the lean-to or enclosed verandah is given a new lease on life. A relaxed and stylish family space that respects the heritage of the building but lets the home re-invent itself for the present.
Photography by Jon Linkins.
Essence of form and function. Beauty in the purity of design. Pared back and understated but high on style and impact. Minimalist in a rustic context. Clean lined and spare within the historic. It is about domesticity distilled to its simplest essence and placed carefully within the existing character of the building. Italian born, Paris based architect Antonio Virga.
Elegant, uncluttered, luxurious and deceptively simple. A limited palette of colour and a limitless wealth of talent. Distilled form and layers of texture, old married to new and always luxury, simple almost unadorned beauty. Welcome to the portfolio of Briggs Edward Solomon.
Wonder. Inspiration and delight. Transformations. Adventure. Journeys and delivery. Passion and performance. Fascination, appreciation and execution. The wonder that is Wonder, a Melbourne based interior architecture firm founded by Georgina Jeffries and Pip McCully. Two homes, one in Armadale, one in Prahran. Eclectic materials, textures, light flooding in, clean lines and attention to the client’s needs. Modern yet timeless.
P.S. If you think you recognise some of the images from the first home then you do. The photographer was Paul Barbera whose work I recently featured (here). The second house was shot by Christine Francis.
Burrowed into a sandy ridge on the Mornington Peninsula is a house by studiofour. Dark boxes spill down the slope while double height windows invite the outside in. Decks reach out to the native landscape which shelters the house from harsh winds. Public and private, positive and negative space, dark and light. Manmade and the natural. A holistic approach by the design studio ensures a bespoke home that addresses the site and the owner’s needs. A piece of art, a sculpture as house, a metamorphosis.