Barrancas house by Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin

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Location: Mexico City,  Mexico
Area: 7,750 sq ft / 720 sqm
Year: 2014

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Architecture and interior design: Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin
Design Team: Fernanda de la Mora
Photography: Roland Halbe, Jaime Navarro


Restoration and renovation of a 1970’s home with no character. Modernizing the space, we created moments of discovery throughout the home, and took advantage of the home’s views towards the neighboring woods.

Floor to ceiling glass draws in natural light and frames the exterior view without compromising the comfort and intimacy of the inhabitants. The home’s new hallways lead to multifunctional spaces achieved through movable screen walls, hidden doors, and wide open spaces with operable bay windows.

Each part of the program is independent allowing simultaneous activities of the inhabitants at the same time. The landscape features locally appropriate plantings with a green roof and green walls. Sustainable elements also include solar power and a grey water reuse system.

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Award-winning design and architecture firm Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin® creates bespoke contemporary architecture, interiors and products for the global luxury market.

Renowned worldwide for its quality and vision, exceptional craftsmanship, the premium lifestyle brand is distinguished by its design philosophy of refined sophistication.

The practice was established in 1992 by Ezequiel Farca and in 2016 Cristina Grappin joined as a business partnerto coordinate the Mexico City office.

Since its inception, the practice has acquired an impressive portfolio of private and commercial clients in several countries.

With headquarters in Los Angeles, Mexico City and Milan the firm have a multicultural and multidisciplinary design team of more than 25 architects and designers.

A perfect blend of timeless design and comfortable functionality, using natural materials, elegant details and aesthetics are key features of the brand.


CONTACT

MEXICO CITY

Campos Elíseos 158
Col. Polanco
C.P. 11560 Mexico City
Ph. (55) 5292 5115
info@ezequielfarca.com

LOS ANGELES

207 –B Hollister Ave
Santa Monica, CA
90405 USA
Ph. 310 309 9615
info@ezequielfarca.com

MILAN

Via Vittoria Colonna 50
20149 Milano
Ph. +39 024 811 960
M +39 338 494 3832
info@ezequielfarca.com


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ELL by Domaen


Location: Benedict Canyon, California, United States
Size: 5,000 sf
Year: 2015


 


Architects: Domaen
Design team: Chris Lowe, Axel Schmitzberger
Team: Jessica Ungos, Emily Williams, Stephen Scheuerer, Cooper Ballantine

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As Founder and Principal at Domæn Chris dedicates himself to ensure that projects are handled with precision and personal attention, thus delivering superior, breathtaking products and services for each client.

Prior to Domæn, he was a successful artist in Seattle, where he was born and began painting. Immersed in the city’s creative pulse, Chris exhibited his work widely while applying himself in the construction trade and extended these talents to production and set design upon moving to Southern California.

He draws his ability to turn sheer ideas into material reality from this rich background in art, design, and construction – all of which set the tone for Domæn’s wide array of services. With years of hands-on construction industry experience and widespread recognition in the art world, he pursued his dream of founding a full-scale design, construction, and project management company.

His awe-inspiring designs have showcased in such notable publications, such as Signature and Lifestyle magazines. Chris’ integrity in meeting client’s needs and ensuring the highest quality in every aspect of a project has garnered him a reputation that underlies the core values at Domæn.

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CONTACT

915 Mateo Street
Unit 205
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Phone: 310.424.5230
Fax: 310.929.7815
Email: info@domaen.net


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Seascape Retreat by Pattersons Architects

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Location: Banks Peninsula, South Island, New Zealand

Area: 110.0 sqm

Year: 2011



Architects: Pattersons

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A romantic beachside cottage is set into a rock escarpment in a tiny boulder strewn South Pacific cove. It is a shelter designed as a honeymoon retreat for paying guests consisting of just three rooms, a lobby, living/sleeping and a bathroom.

This retreat is built using all local materials and is constructed largely from rock quarried near its site with in-situ poured concrete floors and an earth turfed roof. The structure is integrated into the escarpment above to protect occupants from falling debris. The cottage is self-sustainable in respect to on-site water harvesting and wastewater treatment. The project incorporated an extensive reforestation and re-vegetation sub project.

Its plan is an interlocking geometry responding to both near views of the Bay and far views out to Rocky Spires.  It is lined with horizontal macrocarpa wood. This timber forms integrated joinery, wall and ceiling panels behind double glazed low e-glass in storm and shatter proof steel mullions which utilise earthquake resistant sliding heads.

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ANDREW 
PATTERSON
Director — B Arch (hons), BAS

Andrew heads the conceptual design function of the practice.

In 1988 Andrew represented New Zealand at the New Breed Architectural Exhibition in Sydney and received his first National Award for Architecture in the same year. During his career he has won New Zealand National Awards for Architecture five times.

Andrew approaches people, architecture and the environment as interlinking identities underpinned by the assumption that if a building logically belongs in its ecology, both environment and social, then the people that use that Architecture will feel they belong there.

He is a vivid architectural storyteller with a passion for Maori history and mythology and is a great advocate for Architecture that responds to this history, the landscape and sense of place.

In May of 2012, Andrew was named by the world’s most searched architectural journal, London based World Architectural News, as one of five Architects “whose directional ideas are helping to shape the future of world Architecture”. This achievement is unprecedented in New Zealand’s creative community.

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CONTACT

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22 Garfield Street
Parnell, Auckland 1052

Ness Point House by Tonkin Liu

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Location: Dover, United Kingdom

Size: 439 m2

Year: 2016


Awards RIBA South East Award 2017


Architects: Tonkin Liu
Landscape Architects: Tonkin Liu

Lighting: iGuzzini
Interior Design: Aedas Interiors

Contractor: Coombs
Structural Engineers: Eckersley O’Callaghan
Environmental / M&E Engineer: Mendick Waring
Quantity Surveyor / Cost Consultant: GPM Partnership
Environmental Consultant: Abba Energy


Ness Point is grown out of the dramatic landscape of the white cliffs of Dover. The undulating form of the plan orientates the internal spaces to different aspects of the landscape beyond. Each room is characterised by its own spectacular view: towards the cliffs along the coast, across the English Channel with the passing ships, and to the rising or setting sun. The texture of the white rendered walls of the building catches the dynamic and ever-changing play of light that reflects off the
 sea below.

Along the sea-facing southern façade, the house rises up towards the sky and
 deep window recesses in the thick wall create sunshade. To the north, flush windows form internal niches in a top lit double-height art gallery. The highly sealed and insulated castle-
like house utilises heat recovery and solar thermal renewable systems to maximise energy efficiency in the winter, whilst the long gallery skylight enables controlled passive cooling in the summer. The bio-diverse green roof slopes down toward the rising site at the back, retaining rainwater and harbouring local wildlife, merging the house with the landscape into which it is anchored.

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TONKIN LIU
5 WILMINGTON SQUARE
LONDON WC1X 0ES

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Nano Pad by Architect Prineas

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Location: Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Size: 22 m2


AWARDS

Longlisted in WAN Awards  /  Categories 2017  /  Small Spaces



Architects: Architect Prineas

Photography: © Chris Warnes


Nano Pad is an interior architecture project within a 22 sqm Art Deco Studio Apartment in Sydney’s inner city. The project was designed as short stay accommodation, as an alternative to short comings of existing “design hotels” in Sydney.

The existing studio was compromised by poor planning with a comparatively over-sized and under utilised entry and lack of defined spaces. The design is conceived around a contemporary plywood insertion that sits within the existing fabric of the apartment. A definitive change in level created by the bed platform and its associated joinery establishes a threshold and visual distinction between the living and sleeping zones of the studio, while maximising opportunities for storage and space.

The insertion allows the original Art Deco structure to be maintained. The use of lime-washed ply is punctuated by black steel details. Bespoke mirrors feature blackened steel frames with curved edges that act as contemporary iterations of the Deco Style. This curve is mimicked in the hanging rails.

The planning of this space allows a number of functions to take place within the 22 sqm studio to provide a short stay that feels like home.

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Eva-Marie Prineas
Principal

Eva-Marie Prineas founded Architect Prineas in 2004.  As the Principal Architect, she is a quick problem solver with an ability to make things happen.

Her early career began at Clive Lucas Stapleton & Partners, where an exposure to Heritage Conservation areas set the foundation to Architect Prineas’ philosophy on adapting and understanding places that are already special.  She also worked at Environa Studio, a practice focusing on sustainable buildings and landscapes, and later co-founded and directed The Superstudio, before starting her own practice.

Outside of practising architecture, Eva-Marie is frequently involved with the industry.  She was one of the founders of DARCH – the Australian Institute of Architects group for emerging architects and maintains a role as guest critic at the University of Sydney.  Eva-Marie is also an examiner for the architects registration exam at the NSW Board of Architects.  In 2007 she was elected onto the NSW Chapter Council for the RAIA and has continued to contribute to numerous juries since, including the Institute of Architects Awards in 2006 and 2013.

Eva-Marie possesses a balanced and organised disposition.  Her career is held steady by her family-orientated and active lifestyle.  Her well-grounded attitude and values on quality extend to all aspects of her life.

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CONTACT

Studio 504
19a Boundary Street
Rushcutters Bay
NSW 2011 Australia
T +612 9332 2006


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Desert Palisades Guardhouse by Studio AR&D Architects

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Location: Palm Springs, California,  United States

Program: Guardhouse

Size: 915 sf

Year: 2017



Architects: studio AR&D architects

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The guard house was originally conceptualized as a gateway to this long awaited residential development, located on the elevated hillside overlooking Palm Springs. Upon initial visits to this captivating site, and witnessing the expansive views and natural setting, It was evident that this building should reflect the caliber of the homes intended to be built here, while complimenting the raw and rugged terrain. The materials chosen were selected for their durability, timelessness, and their compliment to the desert environment. The aesthetic was designed to reflect both the nature and thrusting of the hillside slope.

We really wanted this boulder to appear that it was very close to the roof but not quite connecting to it physically. Instead we preferred the tension created between the two structures, natural and man-made, and wanted them to speak to the other while still remaining elusive of one another. The exact distance between the two wasn’t as important as the energy between the two.

The exaggerated length of the cantilever that gently shades the large boulder was important for reinforcing the tension created between the natural and man-made. The conversation that the 2 elements have with one another could only have been achieved so poetically by taking the largest boulder on site and marrying it to a structure that stretches the limits of engineering to its maximum potential. Our vision that we intend to create throughout this project would be to create this same conversation, connection, and tension between the built and natural environments.

Materials used: In order to push the limits of the engineering for this gatehouse, steel and concrete were chosen for their strength and ability to resist an extreme amount of tension and compression. The treatment of these materials, and in an effort to compliment the natural surroundings found throughout the Desert Palisades project, dictated that we present these materials in their truest form. It was paramount that the materials of the outer shell and structure be left to patina naturally, unadorned with any added finish. The interior materials, in contrast, were intended to communicate a dichotomy between the built and natural elements. These read as a much more polished and refined aesthetic, while still providing a warmth and strong connection to the surrounding landscape.

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Studio AR&D Architects is an innovative Architecture, Design, and Construction firm working nationally out of an office based in Los Angeles, California.


sean-lockyerSean Lockyer

Principal + Lead Designer

Sean Lockyer is the Principal and lead architect for Studio AR&D Architects. The firm is committed to creating new and unique contemporary architecture informed by the environment, technology, and innovation. Since its inception in 2007, a diverse body of work has been realized including industrial complexes, healthcare, hospitality, multi-family, art and furniture, and single family residential.

Studio AR&D Architects has produced over 30 buildings in the diverse communities of Palm Springs, Los Angeles, and nationwide. Projects are currently in development in California, Canada, and Philadelphia. Recently, the firm’s work in the Custom Home sector has garnered much attention, received many awards (2013 Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada; Residential Design Honor Award, the 2012 PS ModCom award for Excellence in New Modern Design, etc) and has been published extensively.

Sean Lockyer is an Architect Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a member of the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA), a member of the California Preservation Foundation, and serves as a board member for the Advancement Council to the College of Architecture and the Built Environment (Philadelphia University).

Prior to receiving a Bachelor in Architecture at the Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA, Sean Lockyer lived and studied in Rome, Italy. Since earning his degree in 1998, Sean worked as both lead designer and project manager for various firms in Philadelphia PA, New Orleans LA, and Southern California. Currently, Sean is furthering his practice of Design and Building of various contemporary projects, both residential and commercial. Designs of these projects are focused in a contemporary architectural style that explores and incorporates today’s modern materials and construction methods in a way that responds to various social and environmental issues affecting our society today.

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AB House by Jacobsen Arquitetura

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Location: Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro, Drapeau du Brésil Brazil 

Total Area: 53.548,00 m²

Built Area: 935,00 m²

Year: 2016


 


Architects: Jacobsen Arquitetura

Team: paulo jacobsen, bernardo jacobsen, edgar murata, ricardo castello branco, fernanda maeda, beatriz falcão, henrique vetro, mariana chaves

Structural Design: Márcio Pompei

Light Design: Lightworks

Landscape: Jardim Imaginário

Construction: Construviva

Photos: Léo Finotti, Rafael Kamogawa


This project had to suit the strict environmental standards limiting the proximity of construction to the sea, its height, maximum occupancy of the land and changes in the topography. To this end, we developed several conceptual studies with different geometries and topographical approaches.

Final implementation was intended to create a connection between the two existing plateaus, generating a construction of a single, two-story volume.

Access is through either of the floors: the private area is on the upper level, closest to the slope of the terrain, and the social and recreational areas are on the lower level, near the sea. The large overhang that offers shade for the lower floor is also the verandah that sets the perimeter.

The transparent façades ensure the house users’ interaction with nature as well as the lightness of the impact of the construction on the landscape.

The construction techniques and materials used were all designed to develop the same architectural concept we use on the continent, only now on an island where access is limited.

We used a metallic structure and closures in prefabricated wood and glass panels, both easy to transport and enabling quick assembly, with a reduction of manpower requirements and low production of discards. Furthermore, this offered easy maintenance and low costs over the long run.

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Created by Paulo and Bernardo Jacobsen, Jacobsen Arquitetura today is a point of reference in the development of projects in dialogue with nature, without pre-conceived forms and in touch with its clients’ intentions and desires.

Paulo Jacobsen was Claudio Bernardes’ partner during 25 years in the Claudio Bernardes e Jacobsen architectural firm. Subsequently, with Thiago Bernardes, Claudio’s son, he created Bernardes + Jacobsen. In 2012, Jacobsen already had a depth of experience involving over 800 projects in various sectors, including high quality residential architecture, and the international experience of his son, Bernardo Jacobsen, who had worked with architects such as Christian de Portzamparc, in Paris, and Shigeru Ban, in Japan. Thus was Jacobsen Arquitetura born, which currently is developing approximately 60 projects with a team of 35 professionals divided between the offices of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

Over the years, the work of the firm has been refined, emphasizing a close relationship with nature in favor of the concept of true sustainability. Projects carried out in Rio, especially in regions of beaches or islands, working with natural materials, make extensive use of elements such as luminosity, transparency, fluidity of space and structural lightness. Through this proposal, a concept of Brazilian architecture was being established through the re-appropriation of modernism in dialogue with colonial and indigenous roots.

For more information, visit the Studio Jacobsen Arquitetura website


CONTACT

 

  • Estrada Das Canoas, 1419
  • São Conrado
  • Rio De Janeiro – RJ, Brazil
  • T. +55 (21) 2274-2700
  • contatorj@jacobsenarquitetura.com

 

  • Al. Gabriel Monteiro da Silva, 1310 / 061
  • Jardim Paulistano
  • São Paulo, SP, Brazil
  • T. +55 (11) 3087-0600
  • contato@jacobsenarquitetura.com

 

  • Cintura do Porto Lisboa ST, 1350-352
  • Leap Docas – Edifício Gonçalves Zarco
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • T. + 351 211 548 281
  • contato@jacobsenarquitetura.com

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Oxfordshire Residence by Richard Meier & Partners

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Location: Oxfordshire,  England

Area: 650sqm

Year: 2017


2017 RIBA South Regional Award

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Architects: Richard Meier & Partners
Principal-in-charge: Richard Meier
Project architect: Kevin B Baker
Project team: David Bench, Maria E Cumella, Kevin Hamlett, Bori Kang, Hans Put, Heejoo Shi, Sangmin You

Executive architect: Berman Guedes Stretton
Executive principle-in-charge: Roger Stretton
Executive project architects: Jon Du Croz and Trevor Taw
Landscape architect: Tom Stuart-Smith

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The siting of the Oxfordshire Residence is notable not only for the views afforded and the expansiveness of the landscape, but also the richness of the spatial experience which begins before one even enters the property and was the primary inspiration for the design; The relationships of openness and compression, light and shadow evinced by the area surrounding the site and the purity, beauty, and natural resources of this particular location in Oxfordshire are truly compelling.

This country residence has been created based on three guiding principles: an engaging response to the site, a resonant connection with the history of the place, and a vital progression toward sustainability.

It would be impossible to conceive of a residence in this part of the United Kingdom without considering the typology of the English Manor House. This design espouses many of the tenets behind this ideal: this is a family home which honors the woodlands and topography, drawing the occupant into a relationship with the natural world while creating space for comfortable living. Specific to the site of the house and the related buildings, the design seeks to integrate the landscape and views as part of its identity, bringing a natural balance between building and landscape.

The structure and orientation of the house symbolize a direct response to the makeup of the site. The solidity of the back of the house effectively mirrors the density of the woodlands, while the lucidity of the glass in front embraces the openness of the landscape beyond. Similarly, the layering of program, walls and columns that dictate the interior layout are designed to complement the light and views specific to every vantage point, creating breathtaking common spaces.

The design scheme for the Oxfordshire Residence placed an emphasis on sustainability, both in its contemporary meaning, which is to say mechanisms for conservation, emission reduction and renewable energy are employed wherever possible, and its traditional meaning, which is to say that this home is intended to stand the test of time.

The house is anchored to its site, and has been carefully designed based in the human scale, the purity of the aesthetic, peerless construction methods and materials, and the conservation and utilization of natural resources.

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Richard Meier, FAIA, FRIBA
Managing Partner

Richard Meier received his architectural training at Cornell University and established his own office in New York City in 1963. He has received the highest honors in the field including the Pritzker Prize for Architecture, the Gold Medals of the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects as well as the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association.

For over five decades, Richard Meier & Partners has been selected to create important works in both the public and private spheres.

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CONTACT

New York

475 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
T (212) 967-6060
F (212) 967-3207
mail@richardmeier.com

Los Angeles

1001 Gayley Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
T (310) 208-6464
F (310) 824-2294
mail@rmpla.com


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Richard Meier & Partners


 

Casa Portobello by Tripper Arquitetura

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Location: Mangaratiba, Rio de Janeiro, Drapeau du Brésil Brazil

Area: 534 m2

Year: 2016


 


Architects: Tripper Arquitetura

Project Team: Marcelo Moura, Fabio Barbosa, Gabriela Chavez

Lightning Design project: NTZ Iluminação Arquitetônica

Landscape Design: Daniela Infante

Photography: © Denilson Machado – MCA Estudio


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TRIPPER Arquitetura


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Marcelo de Souza Moura
Founding Partner – Project Director at Tripper Architecture


CONTACT

Visconde de Pirajá . 550 – 1416
Ipanema – Rio de Janeiro
CEP 22410-901

55 21 3449-1686
55 21 99974-4228
marcelo@tripperarquitetura.com.br


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TRIPPER


Garden House by Tzannes Studio

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Location: Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Year: 2014
Site Area:  831m2
Floor Area:  430 m2


AWARD

AIA (NSW) Commendation – Residential Architecture – Houses (New) 2015


Architects: Tzannes

Landscape design: William Dangar
Builder: Paul King
Photography: © Michael Nicholson


This new house is on a compact suburban site. In this context, we have designed a sequence of garden spaces interconnected with interiors to enhance the sense of space. The experience of the house and garden is of a seamless connection of high quality indoor/outdoor amenity.

To maximise access to northern light, the home hugs the bent southern boundary and is divided into two distinct wings. The kitchen acts as fulcrum to form the two wings between formal and informal areas each with special outdoor landscaped areas. The interior is enriched by the interplay of spatial and functional characteristics of the entertaining or public space/room, a large double height space with fireplace, dining and seating areas, and the more intimate private rooms for family use including a family room, bedrooms upstairs and a study/nanny’s room or grandmother’s apartment with its own bathroom.

The character of a house in a garden is immediately apparent through its soft presentation to the street with the only built structures being the entry gate and garage. The gardens extend to the footpath edge with the boundary fence absorbed by planting maintaining privacy from the public domain.

Tzannes


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Tzannes


Tzannes is an Australian studio for architecture, urban and integrated design based in Sydney.


Alec Tzannes AM Director

Alec is the founding director of Tzannes. He established the firm’s distinctive design philosophy and collaborative work practices with a record of design excellence across a wide range of projects. Alec has also served the community in a number of other roles including as National President of the Australian Institute of Architects (2006-7) and as Professor of Practice and Dean of UNSW Built Environment (2008-15). He retains an ongoing relationship with UNSW as an Emeritus Professor undertaking research and occasional teaching roles, contributing to the firm’s commitment to thought leadership in design and architecture practice.

Read more here


CONTACT

Email

tzannes@tzannes.com.au
+61 2 9319 3744

Studio

63 Myrtle Street
Chippendale, NSW 2008
Sydney, Australia

Regional Offices

Newcastle and Hunter
Byron Bay and North Coast


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Tzannes


Halcyon House by Virginia Kerridge Architect

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Location : Cabarita, New South Wales, Australia

Year: 2014

 


 


Architects: Virginia Kerridge Architect

Interiors by Anna Spiro

Photographs: Michael Nicholson and Kara Brown


Halcyon House is a boutique hotel in Cabarita on the north coast of NSW. Cabarita is known for its beautiful beaches and known by surfers for some of the best surf breaks in the area.
The design of the hotel pays homage to the original building that was on the site and makes reference to this era. The hotel looks out over a large green courtyard space and pool across to the ocean. The lower levels engage with the green coastal strip that extends along the edge of the coast. The upper levels enjoy the coastal view. Rooms are generous and each has its own outside private space. Materials chosen reflect the casual beachside feel of the area and reflect the spirit of Cabarita. The hotel is unique in that is has a manager direct from Capri (ex JK Capri hotel in Capri) Mauro de Riso and many of the staff are Italian. Food is by Ben Devlin at “Paper Daisy” the popular in house restaurant.

In 2015 Mr & Mrs Smith voted the Halcyon House the second best boutique hotel in the world.

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Virginia Kerridge established her studio in 1995. The practice soon became known for an exquisite catalogue of contemporary housing that crafted thoughtful relationships between interiors and landscapes. Kerridge’s deep interest in art practice has led to an almost painterly approach to material, texture, colour and light. These elements infuse the studio’s projects in both new and existing buildings and across diverse housing and commercial projects.

The Taylor Square Warehouse received an RAIA Merit award and the 1995 President’s Award for Recycled Buildings very early in her career. Since then, Kerridge has received numerous awards from the Australian Institute of Architects and the Master Builder’s Associations. House in Country NSW was named as Australia’s House of the Year in the 2011 Houses Awards. The studio’s work has been widely published locally and internationally.

The practice has not only established itself as one of the significant design practices of contemporary housing in Sydney, for both private and commercial development, but has also enjoyed acclaimed success in retail and hotel architecture.

Awards 


CONTACT
Virginia Kerridge Architect
G03/59 Great Buckingham Street, Redfern NSW 2016

VISIT Virginia Kerridge Architect

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AMADO House by MAKE Architecture

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Location: Essendon, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Year: 2017



AWARDS

2017 HOUSES AWARDS – HOUSE ALTERATION AND ADDITION OVER 200M2: COMMENDATION

2017 HOUSES AWARDS – HERITAGE: SHORTLISTED

2017 HOUSES AWARDS – SUSTAINABILITY: SHORTLISTED


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Architects: MAKE Architecture

Photography: © Peter Bennetts


Amado are external sliding timber screens used on Japanese traditional houses to protect the inner layers of shoji screens from the weather. The Amado House adapts sliding screens to address Australian conditions, moderating harsh sun and discouraging blowflies with flywire replacing rice paper.

An Essendon period house is refurbished and contrasted with a new backyard pavilion with its own formalistic expression. Qualities of spaciousness, transparency and sunny outlook are embraced, but with their less desirable traits brought under temporal control with a range of devices.

The pavilion has the big, lofty roof form and internal spatial dimensions of a utilitarian building. This height is balanced by drawing the roof sheeting down the walls like a lowered brow, with a light-taming switch to perforated material performing the visual trick of giving solid mass externally and a glowing veil of translucency within. This duality neatly reverses itself at night, another reading of spatial transparency.

Sliding amado screens form an outer skin highly adaptive to daily circumstances. The screens stand forward from an openable glass line, forming a space between that blurs the inside/outside distinction and offers many options for sitting, strolling the perimeter, and occupying the garden edge. The space, traditionally the engawa or Japanese verandah of vernacular houses, brings great subtlety in the variety of ways opening glass and opening screens can work together to adapt to the unfolding weather.

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MAKE


MAKE is a Melbourne based architectural practice with a strong focus on quality and a passion for good design.

Melissa Bright, Director

MAKE PEOPLE 

CONTACT

2 Hodgson St, Kew VIC 3101
Phone: 03 98534730
info@makearchitecture.com.au
work@makearchitecture.com.au

MAKE

VISIT MAKE Architecture


Yorkville Residence by Alan Nicholson Design Studio

 

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Location: Yorkville, Mendocino County, California,  United States

Area: 2750.0 ft2

Year: 2014


 

 


Architects: Alan Nicholson Design Studio

Landscaping: Lutsko Associates

Photography © Alan Nicholson


The site was chosen for expansive views and potential geologic locus. The residence is anchored on the north by a newly excavated rocky knoll. The design challenge was to interpret the solidity of the anchoring rock and the airiness of the broad southern vistas. The design concept floats the roof plane over massively thick earth walls, free of load, with sheltering glass curtains and anchored to the geology. Grounded yet implausibly  light.

The passive solar design relies on substantial thermal mass, including a thickened concrete slab and rammed earth walls; with studied roof overhangs and solar shading over a 16 foot glazed curtain wall.

The full height curtain walls utilize a custom vertical truss system with cast-steel web struts supporting the roof, integrating thermally broken glazing. The roof system floats on glazed exterior walls, and is supported with a three-dimensional cable truss system with  custom cast-steel spreaders.

The entry landscape is highlighted by the house emerging from a 70’ long spring fed reflecting pool inserted between the knoll and the rammed earth wall.

Native grasses and flowers seamlessly merge into domestic gardens. A new native oak woodland in formal rows defines the entry drive.

Alan Nicholson Design Studio


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Alan Nicholson Design Studio


Alan Nicholson established the Design Studio in 2005 as a multidisciplinary building  and environmental design practice in Northern California.

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CONTACT

Alan Nicholson Design Studio

3201 Mill Creek Road

Ukiah, CA.   95482

mail:

Alan Nicholson Design Studio

P.O. Box 577

Talmage, Ca.  95481

p.   707. 972. 8879

f.    707. 462. 1045

e.   alan@anDesignstudio.com


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Alan Nicholson Design Studio


 

Where the Eagles live by WILLL Architektur

 

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Location: Vienna,  Austria

Year: 2016


Architects: WILLL Architektur

Photography: © Paul Ott


How the scenery of the house also makes sky and stars visible

The inconspicuous form, embedded into the landscape, overlooks a one hundred and fifty kilometre panoramic view.

Upon arrival, a private road approaches the expansive southeast facing slope upon which the house sits. Directly adjacent, the settlement boasts a grove of fruit trees and a picturesque horizontal meadow. Beyond the western façade the land ends with a natural pond intended for swimming.

Through subtle gestures, dark tones from the exterior walls unfold into the landscape. There is direct connection between the permeable nature of the interior space, and what lies outside. A proportional interplay between transparent elements and weighted cantilever, all contribute towards a composed whole. Given the surroundings, glazed incisions cut into the form provide individually considered framed views across the landscape.

Towards the back of the alluring structure pierced into the slope, an atrium draws light into a comforting space, casting mellow shadows, that transpose in response to solar positioning throughout the day. It’s neighbouring accommodation includes the entrance, dressing-room, guestroom and relaxation room. From the relaxation room, one’s eye is drawn towards the sky through what is a 45 degree wing-shaped, mirrored artefact. Whilst the mood subtly changes with passing clouds, the atmosphere is somewhat life-like.

The bath house, located southwest of the house, is exposed and in conversation via an openable glazed façade, with the aforementioned natural swimming pond and garden. Said conversation is assisted with a wooden sun-deck, and surpassing this begins the fifteen meter long pool intended to endure even the more disciplined athletes. Seamless channelling allows sky and water to meet.

Within the design of this unique structure, it was paramount that living space, such as lounge seating with fire place, were orientated toward the panoramic. Diagonally adjacent, the lounge is served by a kitchen space. Both of which are created in response to the cantilevered terrace above. Openable glazed corner fenestration from the kitchen and living space, allow for a semi-outdoor transformation during summer months. A wall reflecting light through a glass roof above the five meter high lounge area maximises late evening sun.

The upper floor is dedicated to private usage, yet exposed to nature. A master bath and bedroom face a secluded atrium, whereby glazing can be pulled apart. When pulled apart, sleeping arrangements are exposed to the open air, and a morning walk to the bathroom is conducted under the sky. Propped up by a five square meter piece of glass, the master bedroom ceiling is four meters high and tilted to 29 degrees. The client’s request was to stargaze before sleeping.

 

WILLL Architektur


 

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WILLL Architektur ZT GmbH


 Johannes Will

CEO, architect, founder


Barbara Will

Founder

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CONTACT

WILLL Architektur ZT GmbH

Kutschkergasse 21/2, 1180 Wien

T +43 1 7180378

M office@willlarchitektur.at


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WILLL Architektur ZT GmbH