Moor Street Residence is a contemporary renovation for a family of four, designed by Andrew Maynard Architects, located in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia. The family had lived in this modest, aging house for almost eight years. As the children neared their teenage years something had to be done. Abandoning their home and moving elsewhere was not an option as the family was an important part of a thriving community. The tricky yet fun part of this home re-design was creating a new house in a narrow plot of only 4.5 meters.
Within this pocket of Fitzroy is a dense mix of workers’ cottages and small terraces. All are modest in size, many are dark and cold. Many of the cottages and terraces are in original condition, with a simple facade hiding an assemblage of brick and weatherboard lean-tos in the rear yard looking onto bluestone laneways. These lean-tos create a mesh of detailed and varying volumes, in stark contrast to the simplicity of the street front. When building in the rear of a property in this context, facing onto the laneway, one is acutely aware of the smallness and texture of the existing built form. Within this context the burden is on the designer is to respond to the assemblage of small volumes while also maximizing the potentials of the owners’ brief.
As Fitzroy has gentrified we have seen renewal take place in unsympathetic ways. There are numerous examples of this assemblage of dark brick and weatherboard being replaced with large contemporary objects that dominate its context. The tactic at Moor Street was to maximise the interior functions and available space, while also responding to the context by creating a single building out of three small objects rather than a single contemporary monolith. The tired lean-to which housed the kitchen, bathroom, dining and laundry were removed. These functions were relocated and updated along with the addition of a master bedroom over. The original brick terrace was retained, tidied and brought back to life.
In the center of the original house was a small light well containing a beautiful, yet constrained, Japanese maple tree. The family often found themselves conversing through this lightwell. Conversations took place, through the maple, from upstairs bedroom to kitchen opposite, to study space and even the bathroom. The maple was retained and the lightwell expanded and surrounded in glass, bringing the tree into the living spaces. The conversations between spaces and levels, through the maple, are better and easier than ever.
The separate boxes on the upper level contain the master bedroom. This space is surrounded by the canopy of the maple to the south and the canopy of a large gum tree to the north, making the master bedroom feel much like a treehouse. Through the gum’s canopy are views over Fitzroy, revealing the detailed assemblage of the brick and weatherboard lean-tos of the surrounding workers’ cottages and small terraces.
Photos: Peter Bennetts
Fairfield Hacienda is a stunning contemporary dwelling that was the vision of MRTN Architects, located on the fringe of Melbourne, Australia’s inner suburbs. The new family home sits in an established residential street of Victorian villas and Californian bungalows. From the street, the angled roof home seems to fit into the landscape of single-level homes, effortlessly picking up the street’s original pattern of hipped and gabled roof forms. A closer look however, reveals that this new house sits unusually behind a sunny, walled courtyard. This room without a roof, except for a sheltering courtyard tree, is an extension of the living and dining spaces that open onto it.
The enclosed courtyard is located to the north of the house and creates a buffer between the street and the house allowing the living spaces to open up to and access northern light and warmth.
The front wall of the courtyard matches the front setback of the adjacent neighbors. In holding the typical front setback of houses along the street, and setting the house to the south, a sun filled outdoor area is created that can be used as a living, dining or play area. The courtyard space also becomes a semi-public space allowing interaction between the owners and local passerby’s; responding to the owner’s desire that the house engage with the established residents in the area.
The concrete block walls of the courtyard continue without interruption through the house’s main living areas. These walls remain unchanged except for the patina. Outside they are rough and weathered, but become polished and honed once inside. The design is not precious of the courtyard walls; eventually vines and creepers will take over the exterior concrete block and create a walled garden that will change by season.
The living spaces are covered with an undulating canopy of cedar, a warm blanket of timber. From the exterior the roof form relates to the neighboring roof geometries along the street but from inside the roof dips and rises to define the dining, kitchen and living spaces below. The timber ceiling is kept clear of down lights and services; all lighting is provided by concealed perimeter uplighting, at night the roof appears to float over the masonry walls below.
Beyond the living spaces the private zones of the house are arranged as two wings, a parents wing and a children’s wing, that wrap around a small courtyard. This central planted courtyard provides light and ventilation to the center of the house. Currently parents and young children can see each other through this void but over time planting will create greater privacy for older children.
The owners’ brief was to create a long-term family home, somewhere they could become a part of the street and its ongoing history. The Fairfield Hacienda sits comfortably within its local context while creating a contemporary light filled home that is orientated to the north and provides a variety of spaces to live in, both inside and out.
Photos: Peter Bennetts
This terrace house renovation has been designed by Luigi Rosselli Architects, located in Paddington, a suburb of east of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Faced with the age old problems presented by much loved terrace housing – damp, dark and introverted – the architects sought to create a luminous space to give a full family a much needed dose of vitamin D. Introducing some fluid lines with a light filled stairwell at the center and a sun drenched kitchen and living at the rear, the new configuration of old and new proves an enriching experience.
An awning at the rear allows the living area to be shaded or bathed in light.
Family room features bold colors and rich textures.
Accustomed to muted tones, and a subtle palette, a much needed spring was put in our step by the bold use of colors, delphinium blues, cadmium yellows, beautiful artworks, exotic patterns and rich textures carefully selected by the interior designer in residence, Heidi Correa. The lush landscaping at the rear provides a verdant backdrop to family life. The final result knocked even us off our feet.
Grooved lining boards bring a touch of Palm Beach to Paddington.
Bright colors pop against white walls and cabinetry.
The stair draws light to the heat of the home.
Bent wood chairs relax around an Eero Saarinen tulip table.
Cool colors and a variety of textures emphasized by the white backdrop.
Wallpaper adds texture to the powder room.
A large pendant light over the bedside table.
Marble mosaic and terracotta tiles in the ensuite.
Sunny Breakfast nook.
Living room opens onto the rear deck.
Lush foliage by Secret Gardens.
Heidi Correa, resident interior designer.
Photos: Justin Alexander
The art apartment is a bright and colorfully decorated small apartment design, which was the creative vision of Arent&Pyke, located in Sydney, Australia. Central to the design approach was the understanding of working with young families which we the designer’s do often in their practice. They responded with a palette and design that created a fresh, bold and brave stylistic and practical harmony. A carefully balanced palette of materials starting with a solid neutral base for major furnishing items which was layered with decorative objects to nurture a sense of intimacy and well-lived-in connection with the space. Finally a significant installation of Australian artworks from Artbank celebrates the legacy of treasured objects which we accrue over our lifetimes and the much-loved tradition of passing art through family generations.
As a multi-disciplinary and award-winning interior design practice, Arent&Pyke honor a simple yet clear vision – to enrich people’s lives by creating beautiful and cohesive spaces to which they feel emotionally connected. With a focus on residential interiors, Arent&Pyke’s body of work is testament to our ability to clearly articulate our vision. A palette of natural materials and a sensitive and sophisticated use of color and lighting typify our practice’s work that draws upon the combined experience of not just the team, but the artisans and suppliers with whom we collaborate. We are influenced by realms such as travel and literature, and have an unwavering appreciation for design in all its guises, a respect of architecture and acute attention to detail.
This bold graphic print wallpaper is by Anna Spiro, from Porters Paints.
Photos: Scott Hawkins
Plywood House ii is an incredible modern two-story beach house designed by Andrew Burges Architects, located in Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia. The home was designed into a narrow plot of land orientated away from the neighbors to provide a private sanctuary for the owners. Differing from the surrounding buildings, which are characterized by their typical ‘shotgun’ corridor and internal organization, the playful beach house opens up connections to the sky and garden from both levels. The beach house offers a sense of privacy while still having access to the outside landscape and views beyond.
The concept was to create an exterior envelope that directly expressed the long, thin site geometry, but to use the elements of the interior to shift and break down the typical linear corridor space, using the interior geometry to orientate the house away from neighbors and to orchestrate connections with the sky and the garden from both levels of the interior.
The materials used were affordable and created a coastal feel for the house – ecoply cladding for the body of the house and a concrete capping block to create a textured base for the house. Within the simple block-like building form, the windows were used to animate the exterior. On the lower level the window openings are varied and opportunistic – finding points of sky or natural light to suit the specific uses they contain. On the upper level, a continuous strip of windows and screens capitalize on the opportunities for light, sun, and outlook that the second story allows, framed by privacy screens to account for their added exposure.
Photos: Courtesy of Andrew Burges Architects
This casual beach house design was the vision of renowned architect Paul Jones together with builder Zorzi South, situated in Eagle Bay, on the tip of the Cape Naturaliste in Geographe Bay, Western Australia. Winner of the 2014 Master Builders Association South West Home of the Year and six other awards for construction excellence, this beautiful home stands tall on top of the dune, right on the beach at Eagle Bay. Interior design by Nina Dempster from Ozbyrd Design brings an understated elegance to this home.
From the customized lift to the Coolroom, the home comes complete with every convenience one could ask for whilst still maintaining a relaxed and casual, beach house feel.
The use of natural timbers are predominant, with the recycled tallow-wood floorboards, painted white cedar-lined ceilings and walls and solid cedar cabinets dominating the interiors whilst the complete exterior is clad vertically in pacific teak. These raw timber textures juxtapose to the more industrial element of polished concrete in the feature wall of the staircase and the matching polished plaster of the fireplace.
Double-glazed sliding stacker doors open out onto a huge outdoor alfresco balcony that continues the teak motif.
Photos: Courtesy of Zorzi South
The Rubix is a deceptively minimalist luxury dream home that has been designed by Webb & Brown-Neaves, situated in Perth, Australia. With an elevation that boldly owns the street, it’s quickly clear that The Rubix is anything but ordinary. In fact, it’s pure genius. This luxury three or four bedroom home, two bathroom home is overflowing with vast, light-filled living spaces, with a magnificent void over the entry, family and alfresco. A scullery, cellar and home theatre confirm the Rubix’s iconic prestige status.
This magnificent home can be tailored to meet your vision with alternate versions of this home (Studio and Villa) to accommodate differences in budget. The listed price of $601,250 is based on the Studio specification, there is also a Villa version of this home.
Waterfront House Coogee is a casual family retreat designed by JPR Architects, situated on a double block of ocean front land in Coogee, a beachside suburb of Randwick 8 kilometres south-east of the Sydney central business district, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Completed in 2010, the 5,920 square foot (550 square meters) residence showcases strong, primitive, architectural influences and bespoke construction.
Photos: Courtesy of JPR Architects