This Lubelso built residence is a contemporary home infused with natural light, designed by Canny Architecture, located in Malvern, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Ideally positioned near a primary school and beautiful park, the homeowners wanted the house to match the area. The 5,920 square foot (550 square meters) four bedroom home features an easy flow between living areas and a dissolved separation of the interior and exterior. The backyard of the property offers a cantilevered roof that overlooks a meticulous landscaping and a swimming pool as well as an outdoor entertaining space. The design of the home features distinctive elegant lines and a strong modern facade, adapted and refined to fit into the neighborhood. The homeowner’s top priority was to have a home they could entertain in, “with adaptable living spaces, generous transitions and a natural synergy between indoor and outdoor spaces.” This two story residence is luxury family living at its finest, with a clean, minimalist design aesthetic and close attention to detail.
This spectacular residence was winner of the 2012 HIA Victorian Project Home of the Year and 2013 HIA Australian Project Home of the Year.
The interiors of the spacious home is brimming with natural light and elegant lines, with high ceilings and floor to ceiling glass walls and doors that adds to the sense of space, light and luxurious feel of the home. The lower level offers three spacious living zones with an open plan concept and great flow. The living areas also spill out onto the sumptous outdoor spaces, which includes a beautiful pond oasis draped in lush greenery and outdoor entertaining spaces that leads to the sparkling pool. “Creating a sense of space and tranquillity was an important factor in this home and one that influenced the design direction.”
“Contrasting black and white in simple linear styles, with timber tones for warmth, adds to the calm, elegant atmosphere.” The fabulous gas fireplace is the main focal point to the open plan living room. With a concrete hearth extended across the room, it is the perfect spot for entertaining guests to kick back, relax and enjoy the warmth with a glass of wine.
” The American oak flooring’s rich tones warm the home and in the main bathroom, the Basaltina slabs lining the walls are full height, crisply contrasting with the white bathtub.”
Photo Source: This project was submitted to 1 Kindesign as an original feature courtesy of Canny Architecture
Seaview Beach House is a contemporary beachfront home designed by Mackenzie Pronk Architects, located in Curl Curl, a suburb of northern Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Rising above its sandstone topography, all spaces throughout the home are comprised of elemental volumes with an overhanging roofline and projecting windows with sensational views projecting out to the sea. The home offers a range of passive and active sustainable features and a rugged landscape comprised of coastal plantings. The driveway is comprised of recycled timber sleepers and small pebbles, which is not only attractive but very durable. The garage door has been concealed with eye-catching hardwood cladding, an inviting waypoint to greet visitors to the home.
The balconies extending off the house offer sliding hardwood screens. The bedroom wing is defined by black stained plywood cladding. Garden walls are formed of dry sandstone that were recycled from old footings original to the site. They step down with the natural fall of the property line.
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Every room has been set on an angle to maximize views, and small balconies of both the dining and master bedroom offer viewing platforms to the ocean. The lower level family room spills out onto the lush landscaping and pool area. Located on the property are large cisterns for rainwater harvesting to re-use for the toilets and laundry.
The open plan kitchen and dining area opens out to hardwood timber decking, a perfect spot for enjoying the expansive ocean views.
Hardwood timber creates an outlines abstract form around this central staircase that leads upstairs and downstairs to the retained sandstone basement.
The view through the contemporary dining room looks on to the living room and out through to the covered BBQ deck.
The open plan kitchen and dining area offers expansive views out to the ocean. The flooring is a concrete slab that is cool underfoot and offers a sleek look.
A nighttime view from the balcony off the upper level master bedroom. Western timber screens offer incredible shading from the hot summer sun and privacy.
The timber stairs down to the beautiful deck and elongated swimming pool act as bleacher seating for the parents to watch their children frolicking in the water and a warm spot to read.
The entryway to the home is set with flagstone and decking, with a tiered garden of native plantings and drystone walls.
The beach house looks stunning at nighttime all lit up. The rooms are set set at hard angels to capture the views of the sea.
Photos: Roger D’Souza / Neil Mackenzie
We just received project images from Canny Architecture of a spacious home renovation and extension, located in Kew, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. This four bedroom, two-story residence was just recently reconfigured and extended into an enviable modern abode. The home features a beautiful living room, spacious kitchen, dining room, four bedrooms, bathrooms and cellar. Integral to the design of this project, the pool was designed and built by Integrated Pools, “perfectly using the shape of the home to deliver a stunning vista from the kitchen and living space.”
Showcasing sumptuous open plan living, this home focuses on blurring the lines between indoors and out. Sliding glass patio doors leads out to the pool area, perfect for entertaining family and friends. With walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, the residence is flooded with natural light. Concrete flooring can be found throughout most of the interiors, which lends to the sleek look of the space. Areas rugs help to delineate spaces and add texture and warmth to an otherwise cold floor. Comfy furnishings are inviting and makes one want to stay at home and enjoy the welcoming atmosphere. We would love to know your thoughts, what do you like most about this home renovation?
Colorful artwork showcased throughout the interiors helps to add bright pops of color to white walls and neutral finishes and materials.
Photos: Courtesy of Canny Architecture
Blue Dog Beach House is a luxury pet friendly holiday house designed by Aboda Design Group, overlooking the sand and waves of Castaways Beach, Noosa, Australia. This holiday retreat is described as, “relaxed Nantucket meets Noosa in style.” This is a pet friendly holiday house inspired by the relaxed feel of summer homes of New England mixed with the best of contemporary Queensland beach house design. Surround yourself with 180 degree ocean views, watching the waves crash from the negative edge pool.
Rates from $700 per night. Accommodation is available for up to ten guests (maximum 6 adults). Minimum stay 5 nights – shorter stays considered when calendar gaps exist, from here.
Blue Dog Luxury Beach House overlooks beautiful Castaways Beach, which is a dog friendly beach. Just step out of the back gate and you are on your way to the tranquil beach minus the crowds. You are just moments away from the action of Hastings Street, Noosa. This fabulous home was in a feature spread in Queensland Homes Magazine 2015.
Features of this beach home includes: a crisp coastal palette of white, soft grey, turquoise and aqua, expanses of glass and glass louvres overlooking the ocean, wide board limewashed French Oak and limestone floors and Newport stone interior and external feature walls.
Four bedrooms and three bathrooms comprise the private spaces of this modern beach house. The master suite and two additonal bedrooms with queen size beds occupy the upper level, while the fourth “sleepover bedroom” is set on the lower level. A soft and balanced palette of white, soft grey, aqua and turquoise mimic the surrounding landscape, integrating the interiors with the mesmerizing outdoors.
Photos: Paul Smith
The Ark is the renovation, renewal and third interpretation of a holiday home by Bower Architecture, located in Point Lonsdale , a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. The residence has been enjoyed by the same family for 60 years. The original 1950’s beach shack was renovated in the early 1980’s and designed by architect and former National President of the AIA John Castles.
Description from the architect:
The Ark is the latest evolution of the dwelling, necessitated by a growing extended family and constant wear of the tough coastal environment. The existing house included a striking two storey curved wall, second storey raking roof and timber cladding oriented at 45 degrees. The challenging brief asked to retain and celebrate these elements whilst enlarging the living spaces to create a light filled, relaxed and playful family beach house.
The refurbishment of the original building included a complete recladding in spotted gum shiplap angled at 45 degrees. Notions of a continuous timber skin wrapping a sculptural form are evident and are further emphasised by the addition of a timber rain screen over the raking roof.
The new addition, added to the northern side of the existing building, increases the size of the kitchen and living spaces as well as providing an attached bedroom/bathroom pavilion. Whist the refurbished original building appears sculpted and smoothed over time, the new building is bolder and sharply rectilinear in form.
Clad in a rougher, radially-cut pine board and batten system, sections are carved away to reveal warm timbers and living space beneath. Demarcation of old and new is critical to The Ark and culminates in a slice (appearing as windows and skylight) between the original building and new. Internally, the language of the original design is reinterpreted with tiling and kitchen timber ceiling often oriented at 45 degrees and the curved island kitchen bench reminiscent of the curved external wall. Externally the sloping topography of the site encourages a stepped outdoor living area that traces the site downwards.
Photos: Shannon McGrath
This partly 2 storey home was designed to accommodate an extended family of eight on a relatively modest site within a dense urban context. A bedroom for each of the four children, one for the parents and another possibly for grandparents, generous living spaces and a swimming pool were key to the brief.
Situated in a relatively intact heritage streetscape in Balaclava the project required an approach that restored the street presence of the original Victorian weatherboard, badly disfigured over time and added the spaces required by the family.
The strategy was to divide the house into two discreet buildings, old and new, separated by a large central courtyard and reconnected by a glazed link. The courtyard with its pool, gives the new building its northern aspect and is conceived as an extension of the communal spaces of the home which surround it on three sides. It also bestows the old building a formal autonomy.
The original building fabric was stripped back to its salvageable elements and the footprint reduced to form a seemingly freestanding cottage at the front of the site. The exterior was then carefully restored to its original Victorian character.
Internally spaces of the old house were reconfigured to become an office, library/living room and guest bedroom. The volume of the original structure was exploited in the new layout to create a grand living space.
A new two storey timber clad building was constructed at the rear of the property facing the old cottage across the courtyard and pool. Its angular form, commenced as a response to planning constraints, evolved into a subtle geometry that shaped the envelope and influenced the plan of both buildings.
The family’s bedrooms are accommodated upstairs. At ground floor an irregular open plan of living space flows around large kernels of service space. A glazed link with built in daybed borders the pool exploiting the morning sun.
The original entry was eschewed for a new access sequence leading from the street, down the eastern side of the original house and into the central courtyard. At this point, one is embraced by the home. Full height glazing to three sides allows views into all parts of the ground floor. Entry to the home is via the solid “front” door into the new building.
Should weather permit, glazed panels slide away to open the house out completely, integrating indoor and outdoor spaces. Travertine unifies the floor plane, internally and externally. Timber is celebrated in the beautifully crafted cladding and interior panelling.
This is not a big house. Considered planning and the integration of indoor and outdoor achieve a generosity and variety of communal spaces for the family at odds with the actual size of the building. Private areas are restrained and humble. It is an urban home that functions successfully for a multi-generational family and its evolving needs.
Photos: Peter Clarke
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