The Promenade Residence is a luxury waterfront property that has been designed by Bayden Goddard Design Architects (BGD Architects), situated on an exclusive residential street in Queensland, Australia. This dream home was designed for a family of four with the brief to achieve ideal spaces for work, rest and play. The internal planning required a clever balance to achieve a house of private spaces with maximized outlooks to the Surfers Paradise skyline. Corten steel screens wrap the first floor bedrooms providing a veil for the bedroom spaces facing the river and the road.
The approach to the house, presents a structured and grounded design, balanced by the delicate screen pattern and soft landscaping. At night, the house transforms to a glowing lantern, welcoming guests for the views to come. Entry via the side arbour gradually opens upon a generous internal courtyard which looks through the main living area, framing the city skyline.
A major design feature was the inclusion of a luxury two storey space to the waterfront edge with custom double storey sliding doors. This enables views to be brought right into the heart of the house and across the internal courtyard to the street front rooms. Each layer of glazing and the waterfront screens can be pulled back almost out of sight to allow the house to breath effortlessly all day long. Louvered glazing has been utilized throughout the home to promote cross ventilation via natural breezes. The indoor / outdoor waterfront room, provides a multifunctional extension that capitalizes on the property locale and climate conditions.
The external finishes including recycled timber, corten steel and polished concrete provide a low maintenance and contemporary solution. The internal finishes compliment the external color palette and provide a practical and beautiful aesthetic.
Underground water tanks, solar hot water and LED lighting were incorporated to ensure efficient living for the owners and reduced environmental impact.
Kerr House has been designed as a modern family home by Tony Owen Architects, located close to Tamarama beach in Sydney, Australia and enjoys spectacular views of the beach from the upper level. The client sought a minimal light beach house. The existing house had a lush tropical garden at the rear. The architects sought to preserve this garden and focus the house so that it opened onto the garden as a large outdoor room which would be an extension of the living area.
The design is structured around a timber spine wall running along the southern boundary. The new house hangs off this wall. The house opens up to the rear with a large cantilevered concrete wing extending outwards to the garden. This creates solar protection and also extends the space into the garden. The remainder of the house is clad in timber battens and glass louvers to maximize natural ventilation. There is a large central glass enclosure in the middle of the house where the main stair is located. This atrium provides light to the center of the house.
The house was designed according to the principles of passive sustainable design. It uses natural materials such as timber. The central atrium and extensive use of glass louvers maximize natural ventilation and the use of large overhangs promote sun shading. The use of expansive upper deck areas maximize the use of spatial flow and integration with the site.
The house has 3 bedrooms and a family room upstairs, it has an open plan living, dining and kitchen on the lower level with separate bedroom/study, laundry and guest bathroom on the lower level.
The external – beach house’ feel of the house is typical of the area. As time goes on, the untreated external timber battens will grey to reflect a weathered sea-side feel.
The house has a sophisticated and luxurious feel but was realized for around $1mil, which is considered modest for this area.
Photos: Courtesy of Tony Owen Architects
Wentworth Road House is a contemporary suburban home that was completed in 2012, by Edward Szewczyk Architects in Vaucluse, Sydney, Australia. This house takes full advantage of being on the sunny side of the street. Where sun access and vistas to Sydney Harbour are the same you have to embrace it. Three levels of the building topped with a roof terrace create dramatic composition above the street that is controlled by interplay of horizontal elements. Unusually for houses in the surrounding suburb, part of the outdoor functions are in the street frontage and above the street, rather than being hidden behind high fences. The Ground Floor is partially suspended. Connecting garden stairs and terraces are sandstone slabs lightly supported to emphasize position elevated above the ground levels.
The composition of the rear garden is controlled by the dominant presence of an old gum tree providing protected habitat for birds and with its form displaying beautiful shapes and colors of the trunk. The main Family Area at the ground floor level is positioned to benefit from both: distant northern views towards the harbor and intimate views to the gumtree. With the change of lighting, the distant views dominate during the daytime and intimacy of the gumtree takes over in the evenings.
External sandstone slabs change internally to much finer sandstone for the floor and coarse sandstone of wall cladding relates to the entry point. Timber used internally counterbalances stone finishes, slick metal cladding to Master Bedroom and solid steel plates to roof terrace. The building displays large transparency, while maintaining sufficient mass to provide feeling of sound shelter. Simplicity of spaces is enriched by fine detailing of timber and steel elements.
Photos: Justin Alexander
When tastefully designed, a warehouse conversion can provide a strong visual appeal to a dwelling, which is the case with this inspiring property in Fitzroy, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. An exceptional inner city home with ground level double garage, cellar space and laundry are all about convenience. On all the upper levels, luxury is the key. Three large first floor bedrooms, each with built in robes, share a beautifully appointed central bathroom while on the second floor, fabulous living/dining dimensions and a dedicated study/home office zone are framed by soaring ceilings and evocative original beams. An open plan kitchen featuring stainless steel surfaces and smeg appliances adds its own sense of style. Above, the main bedroom’s glamorous en-suite and walk in robes are complemented by bi-fold doors to superb wrap around terraces with views towards the city, but even better 360 degree outlooks accompany a sensational roof-top entertaining area, enhanced by plumbing and BBQ kitchen.
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This bedroom has a wonderful indoor / outdoor connection, not to mention fabulous views being on the roof deck level of the home.
Dolls House a workers cottage renovation project in Fitzroy, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, designed by local architecture firm Edwards Moore. The smallest house on the street, the property retains the existing street frontage and primary living areas whilst fragmenting the building addition beyond. Creating courtyards which serve to separate yet connect the functions for living. A collection of raw and untreated finishes creating a grit that compliments the owners desire for an uncomplicated living arrangement.
Echoes of the homes history are reflected in discreetly choreographed gold panels located throughout the space. An abundance of natural light refracting off the all white interiors create a sense of the ethereal, an otherworldly environment hidden amongst the urban grain.
Photos: Fraser Marsden
Malvern House is an award-winning Lubelso home by Canny Design, situated in the leafy suburb of Malvern, Melbourne, Australia and is cleverly stepped from front to back across three simple levels at the ground floor, maintaining the flow and accentuating the sense of transition through the interior spaces. The adaptation to the site demonstrates the flexibility and adaptability of the Lubelso range of homes. Elegantly proportioned design and a flexible floor plan makes room for everyone, with three brilliantly integrated living zones, four spacious bedrooms and a study, as well as a two-car garage.
The initial challenge throughout this project was to locate the ideal site. 1B Spring Road, Malvern, is located across the road from a reputable local primary school and the expansive Spring Road Park, making it the ideal location for a family home, now and in the future. Lubelso’s Premium Double Storey Contemporary home was selected from the Lubelso Range for its broad appeal and suitability to the location. The modern, contemporary design was commensurate to the surrounding built form whilst making a subtle statement with its distinctive elegant lines and evident attention to detail.
The house sits proudly amongst other grand homes in the area and thus, enhances the streetscape. One of the key challenges contained within the brief was to accommodate a two and a half meters fall from the back of the site to the front while retaining the integrity of the Lubelso design. Adaptations needed to be clever and architecturally-oriented, enhancing the home and the base plan.
The home is cleverly stepped from front to back across three simple levels at the ground floor, maintaining the flow and accentuating the sense of transition through the interior spaces. The adaptation to the site demonstrates the flexibility and adaptability of the Lubelso range of homes. Elegantly proportioned design and a flexible floor plan makes room for everyone, with three brilliantly integrated living zones, four spacious bedrooms and a study, as well as a two-car garage. In order to ensure the perfect design for the site and the intended usage, the base plan has several additions, including an in-ground cellar with automated trap door, plus an 8 x 3m swimming pool harmonized with thoughtful landscaping including irrigation, lighting and a decorative pond.
Further enhancements include widening of the already sizeable garage, taken to the boundary to create additional storage for bikes and the home handy-man. An arrivals area complete with personal storage space for school equipment, tailors the home to family requirements. The rear alfresco entertaining area offers the perfect space for outdoor entertaining and family BBQs, sheltered by a gracious cantilever roof.
All challenges, such as the necessity of craning a pre-fabricated, concealed cellar basement into the rear of the home, were overcome through strong project management and problem-solving abilities of the experienced team. The result is an open and spacious residence with clean, sleek lines. The home sits perfectly in the modern urban landscape and combines sophisticated looks with cutting-edge building technology, materials and systems, including a Bose sound system, Airphone audio-video intercom and alarm system.
The kitchen design is deceptively simple with clean lines and finishes, yet still manages to encapsulate an enormous amount of storage, perfect for a family home of this size. Full height 2-pac joinery expanding the width of the room is proportionally complimentary to the 3m ceilings and sliding doors that look out onto the beautifully landscaped garden and pool. The sliding doors allow the kitchen to expand to the alfresco area, complete with integrated BBQ capturing the true essence of Australian indoor / outdoor living.
The island bench is the heart of the kitchen and dining zone, entirely clad in timber veneer to match and compliment the rich tones of the American Oak timber flooring. The detail to the edge of the bench top has created the perfect result with the fusion of both form and function, with the design allowing the island to stand alone like a beautiful piece of furniture to the space, again still capturing the perfect amount of storage. Wide thoroughfares surrounding the kitchen and island bench allow the space to be fully accessible and maintain comfortable transition from kitchen, to dining and living.
The clever combination of built-in and integrated appliances have achieved a perfect balance of contemporary design and functionality. Corian was used on the bench top, with large under mount stainless steel sinks and chrome tap ware. A large 5-burner gas cook top has been added to the bench with a concealed range hood above within the overhead cabinets. The kitchen has been fit with integrated fridge and freezer, dishwasher, soft close mechanisms to all cupboards and doors, double wall oven and a walk in pantry. The overhead cabinets have been designed with a pivot hinge system, to allow for the door panels to line up with the under bench cupboards below, keeping all lines streamlined, yet allow for these to still maintain easy operation. The splashback is a picture window allowing the lush greenery that lines the garden to create a colorful living backdrop by day and an impressively lit landscape by night.
To ensure the balance between both luxury and privacy was achieved, an external fixed louver screen is attached to the front facade. However to soften the space, and ensure natural light is not compromised, a full height sheer motorized curtains has been installed to the bedroom which runs the length of the master retreat and finishing in the en-suite. The master ensuite was designed with a streamlined and timeless feel, with the aim of capturing the ultimate, luxurious bathroom experience. The space was maximized with the design of a cantilevered vanity, finished in clean and contemporary materials and details and providing ample bathroom storage.
Corian was used on the bench top, with 2-pack cabinetry and seamless finger pulls, all adding to the clean lines of the vanity unit. The vanity, complete with two Omvivo pond basins, round in shape and low in profile, together with bright chrome wall-mounted tapware finish the look of the simple yet stylish vanity. Full height silver mirror expanding the full width of vanity and to ceiling reflects light around the room and making the space seem even larger than what it already is. Stepping up into a ‘wet room’, the large shower space with chrome wall mounted overhead shower and full height frameless glass is inviting and lavish. A well-positioned free standing bath next to the shower sits strategically below an over-sized custom made skylight allowing natural light to flood into the en-suite by day and capturing a ‘bathing under the stars’ experience by night.
In the main bathroom, the white bath integrates into a surrounding hob, creating a crisp contrast against the large format Basaltina Slimtech slabs that line the walls to full height. This graceful contrasting feature is bathed in natural light from an outlook window. The bottom half of the window is frosted for privacy, but the top allows for a view to the treetops when relaxing in the delightfully appointed space. To eliminate grout lines, Canny selected large 1m x 3m ceramic sheets from Signorino tile gallery, and lined them vertically on the walls to accentuate the high ceilings. Matching floor tiles were used to compliment the color palette & finish to walls.
The Bronte House is a contemporary beach house perched high over the Pacific Ocean in Sydney, Australia, designed by Rolf Ockert Design. The client requested that the architect design a dream home that made them feel like being on a holiday every day, and while the view was fantastic, the site was very small and suffocated by overbearing neighboring dwellings. The finished house, though, feels generous and as if it is alone with the ocean and the sky.
Being tightly restricted by site conditions there were only two avenues we could take to create generosity of space and location: Firstly the surprising height of the living room space that takes advantage of the only extravagant spatial dimension available to us. And secondly the pursuit of sightlines to water and sky wherever possible. High side walls, for privacy but also to provide mass for a comfortable indoor climate, have continuous highlight windows for the enjoyment of 360° views of the sky. The large face concrete wall dominating the space has slim slot windows, allowing teasing glimpses of the ocean when entering the house while effectively cutting out the visual presence of the neighbor.
The house opens itself up completely to the East, the presentation of the stunning water views. This also allows the capture of the constant ocean breezes to cool down the house throughout the year, easily regulated by a plethora of ventilation options from sliding doors to operable louvers.
Sophisticated simplicity would be the most appropriate motto for the design of this house. Being on a very small block the client’s expectations of the generosity and design standard to be achieved required a very stringent approach. While the focus is naturally on the maximization of the enjoyment of the majestic ocean views it was the suburban context that drove most of the major design decisions: The slotted northern concrete wall, the solid southern facade, the high roof with its continuous strip of highlight windows and louvers.
The house has transformed the lives of the clients. Having stepped back from a high powered, high income lifestyle they now enjoy the beach life and pursuit of their new occupations, writer and therapist respectively. This lifestyle is partly funded by the renting out of the house to high caliber visitors. The architectural quality and enhancement of the ocean location through the design is essential for this to be possible.
A rich but reduced palette of strong, earthy materials, from the above mentioned concrete to Timber flooring and ceilings, rust metal finishes and thick, textured renders, contrasts with the fine detailing of the interior and anchors the residence against the airy, light aspect created by the opening to the views.
Photos: Sharrin Rees
The Sunshine Beach House is a family vacation retreat that was designed by Wilson Architects, and is situated on Sunshine Beach, Queensland, Australia. The home was previously known as the Prell House, designed by renowned architect Gabriel Poole in 1997. The design reflected an abstraction of Mediterranean and Mexican influences to present a series of living and sleeping spaces around a central courtyard on a steeply sloping site. The careful arrangement of the spaces protected from the prevailing sea breezes, opened up to the Northern aspect while maintaining privacy.
In many ways the house is an idiosyncratic design and the new owners sought changes that would enable more living space and all weather connections between the sleeping quarters, without sacrificing the unique character of the place.
The key to the design remains the central Outdoor Room, now roofed with a translucent battened roof, linking the living spaces during all but the most inclement weather. The timber seating, landscaping and green wall maintain the outdoor feel and the space is softened by soft furnishings and cushions.
The kitchen and dining space have been extended to open up to expansive ocean views with the capacity to filter harsh light and strong breezes that come with an Eastern aspect. A subtle lowering of the balcony keeps the balustrade below the view line of seated diners.
Upstairs a new corridor connects the house with the backyard and draws breezes through the outdoor room. A new main bedroom takes advantage of an expanded ocean view with an arrangement of frameless glass windows and retractable louvres that enable the conditions to be moderated.
Photos: Brent Hardcastle
The Seacombe Grove House is a minimalistic two-storey residence that has been designed by B.E Architecture in Melbourne, Australia. The siting response for this project was to have neither a front or back garden, but rather a continuous green outdoor space around the building. This space is visually and physically accessible from all lower level living rooms through continuous floor to ceiling glass. The whole of the ground floor is within a protected courtyard garden, contained by a continuous high fence, enabling the entire area (excepting pedestrian and car entry points) to be private and usable.
The ground floor living areas are separated into two distinct zones – day / summer areas facing north and west are integrated with the pool, garden and covered outdoor eating areas, while the night / winter areas face east and south. Separation between these zones is achieved by the placement of a two level void and stair. This element of vertical movement and effective slice in the plan is not revealed until entry into the dwelling. This element provides separation at the upper level between master bedroom and the children’s bedroom and laundry facilities.
The selection of materials consciously addressed their ability to span the life of the building – natural and aged materials such as bluestone temper the “newness” of the project, and will temper its age in the future. The bluestone cladding is cut in 4 differing widths and a random stacked pattern is utilized to accentuate the horizontality of the building, while the black charred timber screens and fences contrast the stone in their vertical arrangement. The bluestone is employed as an antidote to the prevalence of acrylic render and its flat plasticity and immediacy. While being a material that is quarried, cut and textured and thus rich, it is also an amazing local material that gives a real, subtle texture and color to the building, creating a patina that will age with grace.
Large spotted gum pergolas that project out from under the upper level enhance usable outdoor areas. These pergolas of black of stained spotted gum have glazed roofs and operable walls, and also serve to ground the floating bluestone form above.
With the ground floor having continuous glazing, the upper level is contrasted with expressive stone walls with deep apertures that protect the occupant from the nearby major road. These apertures and associated upper level courtyards provide internal privacy to the dwelling.
Photos: Trevor Mein, Peter Clarke
Cosgriff House has been given a breathtaking contemporary renovation and addition by Christopher Polly Architect in Sydney, Australia. The project retains its original envelope as part of its environmental, economic and planning values. A substantial lower ground living volume is sensitively inserted beneath the original fabric of the home, harnessing the fall in the site towards the rear, and extending deeply beneath the existing dwelling and outwards towards the garden to transform it. A re-crafted rear ground floor above enfolds the existing rhythm of front rooms over the new lower ground below.
Both levels accept a modestly-sized lightweight addition which extrapolates existing wall alignments, gutter levels and enclosing wall heights – that at once, extends and subverts existing geometries to present an interpreted mirrored slice of the original vernacular form attached to the retained rear fabric. An eccentric roof form extrapolates the original southern roof plane to mitigate adjacent impacts – lifting to light and tree views to the east, while also folding upwards for access to northern light and sky through a sole fire-rated window along the boundary.
The majority of the project is carefully crafted within the retained masonry and hipped roof envelope. Vaulted ceilings and skylights carved within the original roof form expand volumes for access to light and sky within the middle of the ground floor – while consciously surrendered floor area permits a generous stair void that spatially expands to the lower level below, and upwards to views of the external environment to strengthen connections to its setting.
Utilities located deep within the semi-subterranean rear of the lower ground enable direct connection of the living space to the garden and jacaranda tree, while the re-worked ground floor above adds a bathroom, main bedroom and adaptable bedroom providing flexibility for future use as a study. Fenestration placement improves natural light access and promotes passive ventilation, assisted by ceiling fans and a roof venting system to exhaust trapped heat out of the original roof space.
Photos: Brett Boardman Photography