The Lavender Bay Boatshed has been designed by Stephen Collier Architects, consisting of two three storey boatsheds that abut one another at the north-western edge of the bay in Sydney, Australia. Built in the 19th century, they are the last remaining timber structures from the era in this part of Sydney Harbour. Painstakingly restored since 2008, they have been converted into a mix of commercial and residential units in the northern building and a three storey residential apartment in the southern building. The main 3,390 square foot (315 square meters) apartment extends from the lower ground floor (where the harbour extends into the main bedroom under a glazed floor) to a height of three storeys. It is entered mid-level on the landward side via a steep and winding path. From here the large timber lined living room (evoking memories of being a small child under an upturned boat) opens out towards the city skyline. The existing timber structure, pulled and stretched out of shape over time, has been left visible. Large skylights have been inserted in the roof that frame views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and draw in sunlight. Conceived as a series of exquisite glazed insertions in the body of the building, they open up views of the different angles and forms of the original boat shed.
Photos: Peter Bennetts
This curvaceous brick house was designed by architect Clare Cousins as a personal home for her family in Melbourne, Australia. The home takes advantage of the long linear plot and rear laneway access, a garage with studio above was designed first, conceived as a windowless sculptural form perched on a garage clock to provide a studio or guest bedroom. The house extension curves to maximize its northern orientation and to visually incorporate the native landscaping into the house. This project plays with raw building materials, in concrete and timber, and with pattern, in brick bonds and linear spacing. The sculptural first floor contains a studio and bathroom inspired by Alvar Alto glassware with a ribbed timber cladding that continues across the west-facing windows to provide solar protection.
Photos: Shannon McGrath
The brief for this striking beach house designed by Clare Cousins Architects was to provide additional accommodation to an existing 1970’s Merchant Builder’s home in Mornington, Victoria, Australia. Located on a sloping block, the existing single storey house is sited well back on the block with limited access to ocean views. Rather than demolish or renovate the existing building the architects approach was to keep the building intact and design a new pavilion to sit adjacent to the original at the front of the site. The new pavilion includes a new master bedroom wing with living room and deck for outdoor dining that captures broad views of Port Philip Bay. Planning regulations permit only first floor structures that are located over car parking or storage areas which informed the elevated ‘stilt’ design. Timber construction is used holistically both internally and externally while an enclosed circulation stair clad in translucent polycarbonate connects the original to the new structure.
Photos: Shannon McGrath
We just received photos from one of our reader’s home’s, Natasha of Fat Shack Vintage, an online retailer of unique vintage and industrial light fixtures based out of Australia. Her home is now officially one of our favorites that we have posted here on 1 Kindesign. Designed by Natasha and her husband, the dwelling is chalk full of character and charm and the exterior is just as intriguing as the interior. We could go on and on about how fabulous this home is, but instead we will let Natasha take it away from here:
“We have quite an unusually designed warehouse style home in Prahran, Melbourne, Australia. It is 240 square meters of internal space spread across three levels with two outdoor entertaining areas. The locals call it the ‘Quilted House’ as the outside is pressed aluminum and looks like a quilt has been thrown over the front of the house. We recently had renovations done to the bedrooms and bathrooms as well as a renowned street artist named Reka put up a mural on the side wall (Reka is a part of the group ‘Ever Fresh‘ who had a residency last year at the ACMI gallery) and the piece and house attracts quite a bit of attention and photographs!
I like to think that the internal decor is equally as interesting and would describe our decorating style as vintage eclectic featuring an Asian twist with a pinch of industrial. The photos describe it far better than I ever could though. We have a love of all things vintage and have been collecting pieces in our travels for quite some time. My husband and I own and operate our own business called Fat Shack Vintage, which is an online retailer of vintage industrial styled lighting and home decor.
Fat Shack Vintage also sells a selection of genuine vintage furniture which is how we have accumulated a lot of the pieces in the home. It’s always hard to say no when you come across a really interesting vintage find! Between decorating our home and the office I’m surprised there is actually anything ever left to sell!”
What do you think of Natasha’s incredible home, please leave comments below, we would love to hear what you think!
Photos: Natasha, Fat Shack Vintage
Baker Street Residence is an existing single fronted weatherboard in Melbourne’s beach suburb of Elwood, designed by FGR Architects. The client brief was to compliment the residence with a contemporary addition to accommodate a family with three bedrooms and two bath and create space and volume in an otherwise constricted residence.
The tight sight presented the challenge to design around the restricting building envelope and maximise internal volume. This was achieved through implementation of double level height spaces and floor to ceiling glass at the rear of the building, creating an outdoor entertaining extension to the kitchen/ living space as well as high quality natural light throughout the residence.
Maintaining a simple palate of three materials, the compilation of concrete, timber and glass meets the existing materials of plaster and metal in a smooth intersection and is enriched with a polished concrete floor paired with concrete kitchen bench top completing the clean, contemporary affect. To capitalize on bay and sunset views a timber roof terrace was created also allowing for a secondary outdoor entertaining area to the verdant rear garden.
Photos: Axiom Photography
This stunning contemporary single family home has been designed by residential building company, Capital Building in South Coogee, a coastal suburb in south-eastern Sydney, Australia. With top quality workmanship, the light and airy residential property has undergone a renovation and extension with an earthy feel throughout, using a neutral color palette, recycled materials and plenty of layering and textures. The open plan living/dining and kitchen area features a folding glass door and a large window to blur the lines between the indoors and out and bring in plenty of natural daylight. The large patio boasts plenty of space for entertaining and a large swimming pool.
This living space creates its own cozy area yet filters out to the kitchen. The use of similar tones and textures connects the 2 areas.
The living space combines various textures all within the neutral palette.
The staircase is in the center of the house so it needed to have its own presence yet still feel part of the decor. The recycled timber stairs connected to the joinery in the rest of the open plan room.
The recycled timber stairs take advantage of the space by keeping the space open, framing a display area and making it a feature of its own.
This staircase was designed and hand made to achieve a wharf style feel. It has a stunning design element which keeps the spaces open and the light filtering through.
This industrial inspired kitchen combines a timber island with recycled timber benchtop frame which has been set against a white sleek background. The island is in the middle of an open plan room yet it becomes part of the furniture with the use of timber.
The work side of the kitchen allows you to see the recycled timber bench top which is laid higher than the dark stone bench top. It maintains the industrial feel combined with the look of the rest of the house.
This dining space was a meeting of slick white, recycled timber and fabric that was kept in the same neutral textured palette.
This guest bathroom has been kept as simple as possible to feel like part of the furniture. The timber floors work with the recycled timber vanity and the decor has used earthy colors and textures to soften the feel.
This recycled timber staircase frames 2 levels of this house. It separates the spaces yet keeps them open to ensure the light and airy feel is maintained.
This kids bedroom uses recycled timber- look flooring on the walls with a fun plasterboard tree on top to give the room that tree-house feel.
This master bedroom uses a blade wall to conceal a small hall that opens on to a walk in robe and en-suite making this master bedroom feel like it is an apartment all of its own. The recycled timber-look flooring was used on the walls to create that earthy feel. The concrete heavy lights hang from the ceiling as bedside lights and the pale grey accessories give the room a dreamy feel.
This room plays off a white backdrop against textures, recycled timbers and soft grey accessories. Add the faux fireplace and the room is made for sweet dreams!
This bathroom combines a neutral palette with earthy textures. A recycled timber vanity and timber look tiles feels like you have brought the mountains to the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.
Photos: Sue Murray
South Yarra Residence is a modern addition and remodel by architecture studio Nixon Tulloch Fortey in South Yarra, Australia. If you notice in the last picture, the front of the Victorian home has been historically preserved in keeping with the surrounding neighborhood. The interior features modern updates with splashes of bold colors throughout. The back of the house has been completely modernized and looks fabulous with the large expanse of glass that helps blur the boundaries between the outdoors and in. What do you think of this remodel, would you have left the original front facade or would you have updated it to match the rear facade?
The Hawthorn Residence has been designed and constructed by Canny Design, creating a workable harmony of clever design and functional family living space in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The initial client brief was to create a home that would allow independent living zones for the needs of the growing family. With three teenage boys the home allows ample breakout spaces for the children to be active and yet still enjoy the togetherness of combined family areas. The clients required a new home with a traditional facade to the compliment the streetscape, yet a more contemporary feel as one moved through to the rear of the home.
The front rooms took on a traditional feel, whilst the rear presented more modern attributes. The rear of the home showcases a distinctive curved pool house with expansive pool outlook. Dual outdoor entertaining areas with canopy skylights and recessed alfresco heaters allow for continuous enjoyment throughout all seasons. All of these elements were carefully integrated and designed with the landscape.
The highly detailed cellar is perhaps the standout feature of this residence. The cellar comes complete with a 2,000 unit wine storage, Vintec wine fridge, tasting bench, sink and luxe wooden joinery, the room carries an understated opulence and serves as a unique entertaining area for intimate dinner parties and tastings.
When the owners of this Canterbury property in Victoria, Australia were briefing the architects at Canny Design of their requirements for their new home, the wish list included a clean line and functional architectural home. Outdoor enthusiasts, they stipulated that a water feature and an alfresco area be a component of the outdoor space – viewable from all the main rooms, whilst taking advantage of the northerly aspect.
Whilst the home carries a somewhat modest facade, it’s the interior and rear components that really set the tone of this casually sophisticated property. With four bedrooms, four-car basement garage, two-and-a-half bathrooms, cellar and four living areas, it encapsulates everything the clients could possibly imagine. Everything about this home is state-of-the-art, from the Jetmaster fireplace and integrated barbecue in the pool house, to the dumb waiter and $15,000 custom built glass pane from the study outlook to pool, no expense was spared in creating this perfectly tuned home.
The Canny Design team exceeded the expectations of the clients with a stunning lap pool and water feature combination, with the ‘floating deck’ a focal point of the overall entertaining area. The granite external cladding on feature walls and thoughtful use of timber assist with the seamless integration of the home’s functional and aesthetic components. The fully-tiled pool with granite stepping stones marries in beautifully with the stonework of the adjacent alfresco area; and the spotted gum decking flows from the polished floorboards of the main living area to provide an inviting exterior island oasis. The 15×2 m lap lane adds functionality to the pool, whilst continuing the theme of a wrap-around water feature. The pool is fitted with in-floor cleaning, solar heating and premium filtration to keep it looking perfect year-round with minimum fuss.
Canny, renowned as one of Melbourne’s leading design and construction companies, have an in-house team of architects and interior designers who have the combined capacity to create a truly unique concepts. With all services under one roof, from design, engineering, documentation and construction, Canny provides an integrated solution and coordinated approach to even the most demanding and intricate projects.
Photos: Courtesy of Canny Design
Hecker Guthrie’s design for the new ‘David’s’ restaurant draws on the heritage of Old Shanghai whilst breathing new life into the historic Melbourne, Australia warehouse building. Serving the cuisine of Shanghai, the restaurant is loved for its authentic yum cha, but until now its interiors – in traditional Chinese red – had been better suited to evening dining than to daytime use. The new design plays on honesty, simplicity and homeliness and references traditional Chinese elements in a contemporary manner.
A pared-back space in white – combined with pastels, weathered timber and semi-industrial objects – the redesigned David’s is casual, chic and coolly contemporary. Hecker Guthrie stripped away the plaster walls and ceilings of the existing eatery to reveal the architecture beneath, including exposed beams and Georgian wired-glass windows. The rest was achieved through careful selection of off-the-shelf furniture, lighting and accessories, arranged against a pure white backdrop.
Elements like shelving, cabinets, waiter’s station and wine store were created out of loose elements rather than the use of joinery. According to the designers, they placed ‘precariously stacked furniture all the way along one elevation, bridging the gap between decorative and practical.’ Although traditional Chinese red was abandoned, a subtle nod to old Shanghai can be seen in the Arik Levy pendant lamps, which reference Chinese paper lanterns.
Photos: Shannon McGrath