Elliott Ripper House is the addition and expansion of a two story contemporary home in Rozelle, a suburb in the inner west of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia, designed by Christopher Polly Architect. The 1,703 square foot project, “simply and directly extrapolates existing formal qualities in plan and section, with extension of key existing materials and finishes to retain some memory of its previous incarnation – while providing a significantly expanded series of connected interior volumes that harness access to sunlight, ventilation and views of tree canopies, sky and district beyond.”
The design strategy entails: 1. The insertion of a ground floor open plan kitchen, dining and living volume generated by extension of the existing envelope and ceiling and floor levels to an averaged plan footprint of a former lean-to, followed by a rear first floor addition that extrudes the previous floor plate and gable-ended pitched roof form over the new ground floor spaces.
The retention of the cathedral volume within the new first floor room arrangement and extrapolation of the first floor raked ceiling-to-wall datum that scribes the alignment of all heights wrapped around this volume, delicately bridged to raked ceiling lines by lightweight translucent polycarbonate – with an open stair and large sculpted void that vertically expands the relationship between two previously unrelated floors.
Fine steel plate elements contrast an age-old weatherboard cladding profile and large expanses of shallow pocket fixed glass and western red cedar externally sliding doors & pivoting windows offer varying degrees of openness and enclosure.
A centrally located ground floor service core accommodates an enlarged bathroom, laundry and storage, enabling direct connection of living spaces to clearly defined landscaped outdoor spaces, while a first floor bathroom enhances amenity to two added bedrooms. The plan arrangement reflects modern patterns of use by the provision of two living spaces to enable vital separation of adult and children functions.
The rear open plan volume provides a ‘day’ space for meals preparation, eating and expansive enjoyment of the rear garden, while the upper living room provides an ‘evening’ space for watching TV, reading and separation from utilities. A third first floor bedroom provides flexibility for future use as a study.
Surrendered floor space enables delight in a sculpted expanded stair void and cantilevered balcony. Inexpensive gloss opalescent polycarbonate reflects & transmits light by day while enabling a lantern-like quality of spaces by night to emphasise the volumetric expansiveness of first floor interior forms. Recycled Blackbutt flooring stitch old and new ground floor zones, economical LVL frames a recycled Blackbutt lined stair, while walnut stain over extended existing pine flooring enriches the first floor.
Significant parts of the of the existing structure were consciously retained to reduce its carbon input. Use was made of recycled Blackbutt timber externally and internally; high-performance glazing to reduce heat loads; external retractable blind to control northern solar access and heat gain; substantial wall and ceiling thermal insulation; energy efficient lights & appliances and water-saving fittings.
Photos: Brett Boardman
This very stunning modern beach house has been exquisitely designed by two professionals in the design and construction industries, situated in Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia. Just about every surface of this four bedroom, two bathroom 4,197 square foot (390 square meters) home is a piece of art within itself, constructed of either solid American Oak timber or polished concrete. Distinctive design elements create a point of difference across this superbly crafted home. Timber graces such surfaces as cabinetry, ceilings, custom windows, huge wide sliding doors, while polished concrete extends across floors, bench tops, basins and vanities; all combining to create this truly unique home designed to be lived in and abundant with character and style. Timber screening surrounding the street front facade conceals private patio decks connecting to both the master suite and elevated formal lounge, while two enormous sundecks open the home to an easterly and northerly aspect, for private entertaining or gazing across the course.
This incredible home is listed for sale, from here.
Open plan living within the central hub merges with outdoors for a northerly course outlook, while the internal doors from kitchen lead onto private garden and huge entertaining area and decking.
Modern coastal designed facade vastly clad in timber with weathered steel surrounds.
Third living space designed as a fantastic kids play area/retreat with direct external access and can be concealed behind large American oak timber slider.
Huge walk in pantry is a great storage and work space, tastefully hidden behind slider.
Architecturally inspired external timber screening provides privacy and security, while timber sliders open up the home for entertaining and enable flow of the beautiful sea breeze throughout.
Freestanding bath, walk through shower and unique twin vanity create a luxurious en-suite and adults retreat.
Queens Park Residence is a warm and inviting contemporary home in Queens Park designed by CPlusC Architectural Workshop and situated in Queens Park, Sydney, Australia. The key concepts for this award-winning home were to accentuate an arrival point and promote connection. The main entry hall branches off into private living spaces, and leads to an open-plan entertainment area with generous kitchen, dining spaces and a garden to the rear of the home. The extensive use of timber offers warmth to interior spaces, while louvre windows and sliding doors give the home a sense of spatial continuity and flood the interior with natural light.
Photos: Murray Fredericks
The Mizu is the latest custom designed home from Residential Attitudes, featuring the perfect blend of intelligent design, ultra contemporary features and cutting-edge technology in the coastal community of Port Coogee, Perth, Australia. Boasting over 3,541 square foot (329 square meters) of living area on a 330 square meters block, The Mizu is proof that good things do come in small packages. Through clever dual-use rooms such as the formal dining that transforms into an alfresco entertaining area or the living room that converts at the press of a button to a darkened home theater, the Mizu’s designers have maximized the limited land available to create a home that adapts to the way you live.
Lovers of contemporary style will be at home with mirror-black gloss-finished appliances and cabinetry in the kitchen, a custom-designed feature ‘wave’ plasterwall, and stunning Italian-made Bisazza tiled master en-suite just a few of the features that will leave a lasting impression. Any description of the Mizu will only scratch the surface of what makes this home truly unique, making a personal trip a must to gain a full appreciation!
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This incredible modern home called the ‘Moebius House’ has been designed by leading architect Tony Owen, situated in Sydney, Australia. The home features high-tech design with panoramic city and harbour views. This home is comprised of spaces folded to maximize views, level-changes and indoor/outdoor connectivity, this future-focused home offers streamlined luxury and poolside entertaining. Fusing geometric forms with fluid curves and northerly light, the layout includes balconies, level gardens, top floor master retreat with four additional bedrooms, four bathrooms, open plan living/dining, stunning kitchen and family room. Signature elements include a fire-orb fireplace, fluid Corian staircase, Ferrari windows, polished concrete floors and boutique Italian joinery.
This fabulous, one-of-a-kind property is set to go to auction in late October, listed here.
Eastman Street residence is a stunning warehouse conversion situated in Northcote, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Formerly the Northcote Bakery stables, this superbly executed conversion offers expansive living on a vast double allotment 3,681 square feet (342 square meters). The property is unique in having a large side garden with louvred-roof dual covered parking which doubles as an outdoor entertaining space. The nineteenth-century stables building has been imaginatively reconfigured to incorporate a spectacular upper level living and dining space, commercial-style kitchen and bathroom. Downstairs, the entry area leads off one on side to a fitted laundry/utility room and a second bathroom; overlooking the garden is a spacious living room. Three bedrooms (the main with dressing room), a second bathroom and a large storage room complete an imaginative and thoroughly functional design. Interior details include the original trusses, wooden doors and Baltic floor and polished concrete floors. This remarkable property is listed for sale from here, while the link lasts!
This beautiful contemporary home has undergone a complete overhaul in Leichhardt, a suburb of Sydney, Australia by Rolf Ockert Design. With a two-story addition to the existing home, the site is located in a heritage conservation area. Being in one of the few streets in the Inner West Sydney that are still largely original in their streetscape, any alteration or addition was bound to be somewhere between controversial and impossible.
Being only about 100 square meters in size, the existing free-standing house was far too small for its intended use as a home for a young family with children. The only way to accommodate the intended brief was to build a two storey addition, something that did not exist in the area. After long negotiations with the planning department who told the architects that the scheme was not approvable, the project was called to a full council meeting. The mayor acknowledged that old houses like this one were too small to be sufficient as family homes these days and instead of increasing the floor plan to decrease outdoor living space, adding a second storey was promoted as the best approach.
The architects approach was to maintain and preserve the existing house in its entirety while designing the addition to be visibly modern. This was in the end supported by council’s planning and heritage departments. Their only requests were to change the color of the addition from white to gum tree grey (to match an existing tree on site) and to prevent overlooking into neighboring sites.
The latter resulted in high level slot windows to the side laneway, thus allowing tree and sky views whilst still maintaining privacy. These slots then became a major design feature that was then continued in the pattern on the side facade.
The site was very narrow, meaning that the internal layout of the building had to be organized very simply. The linear stairs are not placed in line with the existing corridor of the old house but on the other side of the extension. As a result the relatively small space reads to be quite generous.
To facilitate ease of construction whilst maintaining integrity of the original building, the existing house was kept completely intact and largely untouched. A glass side strip and rooflights were inserted between the old and the new, not only clearly defining the two but also bringing light into the core of the house.
This beautifully renovated early Victorian residence, spotted on RT Edgar, is an expansive contemporary extension designed by Jackson Clements Burrows, located in Armadale, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. This incredible 6,996 square foot (650 square meters) home has been featured in 100 More of the World’s Best Houses. Featuring high ceilings, floor to ceiling glass windows, pool and a separate self-contained accommodation/gym. The interiors are comprised of a formal lounge, separate dining, kitchen/meals and informal sitting room, games room, 2nd informal sitting room, twin study, six generous bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms.
This home is listed for sale at an undisclosed price, from here.
This stunning 1892 Anglican church conversion was designed by owner and architect duo Dominic and Marie Bagnato of Bagnato Architects in the suburb of Moonee Ponds, in Melbourne, Australia. The Gothic-style timber church was originally built by Tadgell Brothers, it is now a residence that thrills the senses throughout spectacular spaces of unlimited luxury and unforgettable refinement. The innovative re-design marries old with new throughout unique dimensions including vast living, dining and entertaining areas arranged around a stunning Nero Tempesta marble fire-place. Flexibly formal and informal, these spaces feature limestone floors beneath dramatic, Baltic Pine ceilings and are served by a kitchen in which Calacatta marble surfaces, butler’s pantry and Ilve double ovens match form to function with conspicuous success.
Above, a mezzanine level lounge of light filled proportions precedes a roof space loft that sees the city and represents the ultimate escape, ideal as a teenagers’ retreat or work from home space. There are five bedrooms and five bathrooms, which includes a seductive main suite in an individual wing which evokes your favorite 5 star hotel and features a sublime marble and limestone bathroom while a guest room with its own en-suite enjoys its own access to elegantly landscaped outdoor dimensions.
A basement level boasts a wine room with recycled messmate ceilings and beautiful onyx marble paneling, equipped to accommodate 700 bottles. On the same level, a versatile gym or games room with its own bathroom includes a day bed retreat.
An al fresco pavilion with BBQ kitchen, LED lighting and surround sound overlooks a sunny lawn, which conceals a 6,000 liters water tank, and solar heated pool which ensures outdoor appeal matches indoor allure.
Photos: Courtesy of Bagnato Architects
The Fingal Residence is a stunning contemporary vacation home situated in Fingal Bay, in New South Wales, Australia, designed by Australian-based design studio Jam Architects. The gorgeous home has been decorated in neutral tones and features wood plank flooring throughout most of the homes interior. Open plan interiors offer the owner’s great social connectivity, with the living and kitchen area offering sliding glass doors that leads out to a private deck, blurring the boundaries between indoors and out. A spacious outside terrace is perfect for entertaining guests and offers a large swimming pool and perfectly manicured landscaping for plenty of privacy.
Photos: John Wheatley