Tarragindi Steel House by Bligh Graham Architects

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Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Year: 2018



Architects: Bligh Graham Architects

Landscape: Landscapology

Photography: © Christopher Frederick Jones



The Tarragindi Steel house is an exemplar for small lot family living. The spacious light filled interiors and dramatic double height spaces defy the constraints of the block size.

Intimate and generous garden and court spaces weave through the house bringing the interior in constant connection with the outside – providing a range of garden spaces for sitting, kids play and veges. The robust expressive use of steel, concrete and brick is softened by the warmth of timber and brass and the bold use of colour.

Functional and simple, the planning of the house keeps the service spaces discrete and ensures that all the living spaces and bedrooms enjoy lots of north light and access to winter sun.  The design facilitates energy minimisation with lots of natural light, hot air venting through high level windows and well shaded living spaces kept cool by the thermal mass of the slab-on-ground construction.

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Bligh Graham Architects

Bligh Graham Architects is situated on the outskirts of Brisbane City primarily undertaking work throughout Brisbane, and the Sunshine Coast. The majority of the work completed by the firm is residential in nature with cultural, interior and commercial projects also commissioned. Budgets have ranged from $100k to $15m. Since being established in 2002 by Chris Bligh and Sonia Graham the quality of the firm’s work has been repeatedly recognised in the Australian Institute of Architects’ awards program and by local and national print media. In 2008 Bligh Graham Architects was the recipient of the prestigious Robin Dods award – the premier State award for residential architecture. more


CONTACT

21 Cash Ave North (via Main St)
Samford Village
Queensland 4520

P. +61 7 3289 4566
M. +61 438 163 173
E. mail@blighgraham.com.au


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Rios Clementi Hale Studios | Venice Residence

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Location: Venice, California, USA

Size: 4,000 sq. feet

Year: 2018



Awards

2018 AIA|LA Residential Architecture Award



Architects: Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Photography: © Undine Pröhl



Our client’s “dream house” is designed specifically for the Venice lifestyle. These indoor-outdoor spaces take advantage of every inch of an extremely narrow lot.  Every room opens onto the outdoors, making the home feel like a garden pavilion. Minimal but elegant landscaping in the side yards maximizes the feeling of openness.

A long, thin swimming pool and infinity-edge spa carry the feeling of expansiveness all the way to the guest house at the back of the lot. The house features the same kind of continuity. A concrete floor begins outside the front entry, and extends all the way through the house to the pool deck.  Plaster walls are tinted the same color as the floor. Sliding glass doors between the central entertaining space and the pool disappear completely behind the exterior walls when completely open. The second floor is composed of two folded white planes, each containing a bedroom suite. They interlock at the central staircase, a dramatic and airy vertical space with views of the double-height outdoor dining area. The second floor is composed of two folded white planes, each containing a bedroom suite. They interlock at the central staircase, a dramatic and airy vertical space with views of the double-height outdoor dining area.

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Rios Clementi Hale Studios was founded in 1985 as a multi-disciplinary design firm. MORE


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Rios Clementi Hale Studios

3101 West Exposition Place
Los Angeles, CA 90018
(323) 785-1800


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Waverley by Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects

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Location: Palo Alto, California, USA

Size: 5,000 sf

Year: 2018



Awards 2018

AIA California Council Residential Award of Honor

AIA Silicon Valley Design Award of Merit

AIA|LA Residential Architecture Award of Honor

Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award

Rethinking the Future: Global Architecture & Design Award



Architects: Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects

COLLABORATORS:

Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders 

Interiors: Kristy Will Design

Landscape: Blasen Landscape Architecture

Photography: Matthew Millman, Joe Fletcher



The architecture on this residence for a young couple is a study in strong simple composition and materiality with an emphasis on craft. The massing defines solid and void, captures natural light, and connects the indoors with the landscape, seeking to ‘experience the outdoors from within.’The ground floor volumes wrapped in an elongated hand-fired brick, emphasizing the horizontality of the architecture that lays solidly on the land. Bronze-trimmed ceiling planes slide between the brick masses, and floor-to-ceiling glazed openings are captured by thin-profiled bronze frames. In contrast to the grounded brick volumes, the second floor is clad in stainless steel panels and oversized aluminum-framed windows. The lightness and openness of the second floor is nestled among the oak-tree canopies of the site.

A custom-designed element is the steel mesh screen that wraps around to enclose the kitchen for privacy, separating this from the more public “guest hosting” areas adjacent. The steel screen slides along a track embedded into the teak slatted ceiling and disappears into the pantry when retracted.At the basement level, a wine cellar and tasting room open to a sunken landscaped courtyard. A grand stairwell of floating stone steps connects the three levels. A freestanding structure set deep back into the site is a zen-like fitness/yoga studio as well as a guesthouse with a kitchenette”. An exterior trellis connects the main house with the backhouse and studio, and helps frame the backyard and surrounding landscape which integrates California native plant species, grasses and trees to compliment the materiality, geometries and site response of the architecture.

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Led by Partners STEVEN EHRLICH, FAIA; TAKASHI YANAI, FAIA; PATRICIA RHEE, AIA; MATHEW CHANEY, AIA; and supported by eight Principals, Associate Principals and Associates, EYRC Architects’ design philosophy starts with a profound respect for a building’s inhabitants. This humanistic approach, referred to as MULTICULTURAL MODERNISM, has permeated the firm’s culture since the beginning, informing every creation and every interaction.

Honored with the AIA NATIONAL FIRM AWARD in 2015, Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects (formerly Ehrlich Architects) is a versatile practice that has earned an international reputation for design excellence and an exemplary professional culture. Founded in 1979 as a tiny residential studio, the Los Angeles-based firm is a 40 member team that has mastered building types ranging in scale from houses to courthouses, including libraries, university centers, corporate and government facilities. EYRC Architects has been recognized with more than 150 awards including nine national AIA awards, and the title of AIA California Council Firm of the Year in 2003. more


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LOCATION
10865 WASHINGTON BLVD
CULVER CITY, CA
90232
PHONE
310.838.9700

 


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Belzberg Architects | Bridge Residence

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Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Year: 2018


Awards

2018 AIA LA Residential Awards



Architects: Belzberg Architects

Photography: © Bruce Damonte



The new Bridge Residence turned the challenge of a sloping site into an opportunity to evoke quiet seclusion while creating a grand statement. The taller wing of the L-shaped house abuts a foothill to the east and features textured, dry-stacked Hera limestone that forms a predominantly opaque façade facing the neighbors uphill. Conversely, three levels of floor-to-ceiling glass, protected by deep, faceted frames, opens downhill into the site. This juxtaposition, while using divergent architectural languages, optimizes privacy, solar orientation, and use of the site.

Surrounded by a mature oak grove, the building accommodates access to the outdoors from each floor as the landscape slopes. Not only are connections from the house to the exterior important, but views through are used to accentuate the ubiquity of the verdant surroundings, the pinnacle of this is evident in the kitchen. Conceived as the control center or “bridge” of the house, the kitchen’s generous volume projects perpendicular from the hill, giving it high visibility upon arrival and to the other wing of the house. The nearly 12’ space, with floor-to-ceiling glazing on the north and south sides, appears to float when doors on both sides of the garage/multi-purpose room below are open. Its appearance emphasizes the relationship between the built form and the outdoors, and the kitchen’s place as the focal point of the home.

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Hagy Belzberg, FAIA, OAA

Founding Principal Belzberg Architects, APC

Hagy Belzberg received his Masters of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University. In addition to Belzberg Architects professional awards and recognition, Hagy Belzberg has been honored by the American Institute of Architects California Council as an Emerging Talent, and in 2008 he won the prestigious designation of “Emerging Voice” by the Architectural League of New York. In 2010 Hagy Belzberg was elected to The College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects for “notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture”.

Since 1994, Hagy has held Graduate and Undergraduate level instructorship and lecture positions at UCLA, USC and The Southern California Institute of Architecture.
In the summer of 2013, Hagy Belzberg and Belzberg Architects have been invited to exhibit work at MOCA’s “A New Sculpturalism, Contemporary Architecture from Southern California”. This is the first extensive, scholarly examination of the radical forms that have become prolific in Southern California architecture during the past twenty-five years.

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CONTACT

Belzberg Architects
2321 Main St Santa Monica, CA 90405
phone 310.453.9611
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Huon Barn House by MG Architecture Interiors

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Location: Lucaston, Tasmania, Australia

Year: 2018



Architects: MG Architecture Interiors

Builder: Mark Nichols

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Our brief was to create a robust home for a growing family using simple forms and rustic materials with an emphasis on buildability.

The simple detailing and forms expand on the unpretentious farmhouse vernacular and adapt the arrangement to create a series of flexible spaces for living. The application of this uncomplicated construction typology was a two-fold approach, driven initially to engage with the context in which it sits but also facilitating a pragmatic cost-effective solution to allow the carpenter/joiner client to take ownership of much of the fabrication himself.

Open, spacious and lineally uncluttered, this low cost, energy efficient home maximises visual connection with the landscape, yet provides ample protection from the elements.

The building runs east–west, to maximise passive solar performance, and combat the challenges surrounding a site where the predominant views are to the south!

As the surrounding landscaping, decks and planting progress over the coming years, we look forward to seeing this home comfortably settle into its surroundings.

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CONTACT

14 Molle Street Hobart
Tasmania Australia 7000
03) 62 233 446
info@mgai.com.au


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Venice Beach Residence by Griffin Enright Architects

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Location: Venice Beach, California, USA

Area: 3,300 sf

Year: 2017



Architects: Griffin Enright Architects

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A 3,300 sf developer-commissioned residence, it maximizes its narrow site through strategic placement and an expansive array of telescoping glass doors. Set to one side of the property, the home’s interior spaces stretch into the side and back garden patios, where a lap pool reaches past the residence. Above the pool, the home’s second story volume extends over the patio and water below. Concentric punctures in the cantilevered  volume create an oculus over the water, directing sunlight which reflects from the pool into adjacent spaces.

The residence’s front entry path bends past a grassed driveway and concealed garage to ascend three steps to the front door. In the entrance alcove, a window peeks over the side yard pool and a skylight hovers above the stairs’ double height space. From that threshold and past the staircase to the second floor bedrooms, a loft-like living area sits two steps down, opening to the gardens and pool beyond.

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Griffin Enright Architects


Griffin Enright Architects is an award-winning, interdisciplinary Los Angeles-based firm with institutional, cultural, and residential projects built nationally and abroad. Griffin Enright Architects was founded by Margaret Griffin, FAIA, and John Enright, FAIA, LEED AP, as a collaborative design practice that explores new prospects for the built environment through their integration of architectural, urban, landscape, and interior design. Using focused, inventive, and strategic thinking, they pursue unexpected solutions to transform overlooked conditions into landmark projects through their expertise in construction techniques and community engagement. more


CONTACT

Griffin Enright Architects

12468 W. WASHINGTON BLVD
LOS ANGELES, CA 90066

T: 310 391 4484
E: INFO@GRIFFINENRIGHTARCHITECTS.COM


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V House by Shaun Lockyer Architects

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Location: Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Year: 2017



Awards

2018 | AIA QLD State Award | Residential Architecture

2018 | AIA Sunshine Coast House of the Year

2018 | AIA Sunshine Coast Regional Commendation

2018 | CEDIA | Best Integrated House Level I

2018 | CEDIA | Life Lived Best at Home



Architects: Shaun Lockyer Architects

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A private, landscaped, north-east courtyard forms the catalyst of the ‘V House’, which sits proudly on the edge of Sunshine Coast’s Mooloolah River. The ‘V’ refers to the floor plan which hugs the boundaries of the property allowing for a transparent living pavilion that physically and visually connects the courtyard to the water beyond. The architecture continues SLA’s dialogue of concrete, timber and stone, drawing heavily from both Modern and South-American, subtropical narratives.

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Shaun Lockyer Architects (SLa) award winning Brisbane architects formed in 2009 to focus on modernist architecture that connects people and place. Inherent within each project is a desire to craft memorable, sustainable and efficient design solutions that add value to the inhabitants’ lives. SLa engages in the design and delivery of bespoke architectural homes for private clients who value a collaborative and transparent design process. Each SLa commission employs a versatility and passion that transcends scale and budget.

The firm is led by Shaun Lockyer, AIA, who presents over 20 years of international design experience, including four years as an associate at SAOTA in South Africa, and nine years as Director and Partner at Arkhefield in Brisbane, QLD. Outside of the practice, Shaun is recognised for his contribution to architectural education and support of the profession. Alongside Shaun, associates of the firm, Jen Negline and Michael Ford lead the large-scale projects for the SLa team.

The outcomes of all the work at SLa are a reflection of the extraordinary efforts of the team which is comprised of Adam Laming, Andrew Brown, Catherine Forsyth, David Langley, Georgia Calvino, Ivy Verlaat, Jen Negline, Kevin Li, Laura King, Lucy Hyndman, Lyle Mitrovich, Matt Napper, Michael Ford, Neva Wethereld and Shaun Lockyer.


CONTACT

Level One
15 Masters Street

Newstead, Queensland 4006

(07) 3257 7288

info@lockyerarchitects.com.au


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Woollahra House by Decus-Interiors

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Location: Woollahra, New South Wales, Australia

Interior design: Decus-Interiors

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Every room in this inner-city house is different, creating an explosion of colour for this professional couple’s dream home.

The feel of Manning Road is optimistic with some organic materiality added to anchor the design. Our clients were not prescriptive with their brief, only in their lists of ‘must haves’.

Just like the couple themselves, each room was designed to both complement and contrast the others. The wine cellar, for example, is decorated in luxurious shades of inky blue and charcoal, and the bathroom radiates femininity, with its pink onyx, dusty rose concrete floor, statement lighting and custom-designed mirror. The spaces reflect both the energetic personalities of our clients, as well as their polar opposite personalities.

The result is a home that reflects and celebrates the playful, lavish and dramatic.

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Alexandra Donohoe Church Founder & Managing Director | B.InArch

A Decus project is characterised by Alexandra’s passion for authentic materials, refined curation, and a sense of balance that combines tension and delight.

Alexandra grew up in the United States and saw much of the world before settling in Sydney and founding Decus Interiors. With her eye constantly joyful in her surroundings, Alexandra imperceptibly infuses inspiration from her travels into homes for clients all over the world. Her distinctive designs draw on happily unconventional combinations of materials and design language, as well as the visceral power of form and texture.

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CONTACT

53 Queen St, Woollahra NSW 2025
PO Box 335, Woollahra NSW 1350

+612 9363 4004
studio@decus.com.au


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York Street Residence by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

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Location: York St, St Kilda West, Victoria, Australia

Gross Floor Area: 320 m2

Year: 2017



Awards

2018 Shortlist Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA)  Best Residential – Single


Architects: Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

Consultant: Structural Engineer: Meyer Consulting

General Contractor: Belair Builders

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An existing heritage building is transformed through the introduction of a modern, two-storey addition that playfully re-interprets the distinctive geometry of the original dwelling through a contemporary lens. Capturing abundant natural light and garden aspects, the new addition employs a refined and subtle palette of brick, steel and timber.

Capitalising on the site’s orientation and garden aspect, every component of the new addition is oriented to achieve maximum natural light and ventilation while also enjoying a leafy garden aspect.

A conscious effort has been made to retain the key heritage features and structure of the existing dwelling by providing a clear separation to the modern extension. The two buildings are connected via a glazed link screened by hit-miss brickwork and a courtyard that celebrate the existing architecture and cascade into the landscape clearly separating the heritage building from the proposed contemporary extension.

The form responds to the hips and gables of the prevalent existing heritage buildings. A central focus is the sculptural staircase, which delivers its occupants from the ground floor to a landing study nook, set under a folding origami, timber-lined ceiling. The downstairs living spaces, while all being open plan, are delineated by a series of levels. These levels choreograph an engaging journey through the various components of the space (living, kitchen, dining, study), imagining each as its own individual space yet linked through a palette of textured materials and clever sightlines that provide striking vistas taking in the depth of the site and its multiple facets.

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Jackson Clements Burrows Architects


Established in 1998 by Tim Jackson, Jon Clements and Graham Burrows, JCB is a design-led architectural practice of over 50 design professionals united by a shared commitment to the delivery of innovative design solutions. more


CONTACT

One Harwood Place
Melbourne Vic 3000

T +61 3 9654 6227

info@jcba.com.au


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Jackson Clements Burrows Architects | Hiding House

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Location: Elsternwick, Victoria, Australia

Gross Floor Area: 350 sqm

Year: 2014



Awards

2015  Victorian Architecture Awards – Residential (New) Commendation


Architects: Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

Photography: © John Gollings



This compact house is composed of a series of interlocking rooms and gardens that create spatial variety, while allowing the house to adapt to changing needs. Doors and windows slide open and closed, revealing views and protecting privacy on a site that was once a rear tennis court. Today it shares its boundary with 11 surrounding houses.

Living spaces are located on the ground floor with connecting vistas through to the garden and central courtyard. Bedrooms are located on the upper level of the house and have operable shutters to ensure privacy and control views and outlook to the surrounding landscape.

Off-white concrete bricks, concrete floors, white stained cladding and naturally oiled timber combine to create a generous home that provides maximum living comfort for its occupants, with minimal long term maintenance.

The dwelling is designed to be passively environmentally responsive, with orientation, cross flow ventilation, batten screens, exposed concrete slab and double brick walls all coming together to ensure substantial thermal mass and reduced energy use, while maximising occupant amenity.

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Jackson Clements Burrows Architects


Established in 1998 by Tim Jackson, Jon Clements and Graham Burrows, JCB is a design-led architectural practice of over 50 design professionals united by a shared commitment to the delivery of innovative design solutions. more


CONTACT

One Harwood Place
Melbourne Vic 3000

T +61 3 9654 6227

info@jcba.com.au


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Glen Iris | Pleysier Perkins Architects

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Location: Glen Iris, Victoria, Australia

Year: 2016



Awards

Houses Awards 2017 Alteration & Addition over 200m2 | Shortlisted


Architects: Pleysier Perkins Architects

Builder: Grand Plan Properties

Photography: © Dan Hocking



A beautifully crafted extension to a Californian Bungalow for a builder and his family. A robust yet light single storey pavilion with exposed timber rafters, timber windows and brick walls forms the open plan living and meals area, whilst its stucco rendered brother houses bedroom, bathroom and two offices.

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Pleysier Perkins Architects


Pleysier Perkins is a Melbourne based architecture and interior design practice established by Ramon Pleysier and Simon Perkins in 2002. They share responsibility for a diverse range of mainly residential projects with Studio Director Berit Barton and Associates Anthony Dann, Ross Berger and Julian Legg. All are supported by a talented team of architects, interior designers and graduates. more


CONTACT

Pleysier Perkins Architects

2/40 Green St,
Prahran, Victoria 3181, Australia

+61 3 9533 6766


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Three Piece House by TRIAS

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Location: Stockton, New South Wales, Australia
Area: 137 m2
Year: 2018



Awards

2018 AIA NSW ARCHITECTURE AWARD HOUSES (NEW)

2018 AIA NEWCASTLE AWARD FOR SUSTAINABILITY



Architects: TRIAS

Artworks: Mazie Turner, Jordy Hewitt
Selected furniture: Seeho Su, Armadillo & Co, Muji

Photography: © Benjamin Hosking



Three Piece House is a courtyard house, designed for a couple looking to downsize and live more simply. The project places a modest, single-storey house and a studio on its site. These buildings are skewed to follow the site’s boundaries, and cluster to create privacy on this exposed corner lot. The project proposes a new neighbourhood condition that is small and dense, with two discrete dwellings on a conventional suburban site.

The site is defined by a distinctive wedge shape, with close neighbours on two sides. A further challenge came in the form of a flood control, which required the building to be raised 1.5m above ground. In contrast to a conventional architectural response – which might lift the house up on stilts – Three Piece House is placed on a solid brick base. This elevates the building above the flood plain and lends it an unexpected feeling of heft and permanence. The resulting place feels anchored, despite being battered by coastal weather.

This design approach was inspired by Jørn Utzon’s text, ‘Platforms and Plateaus,’ and the architect’s courtyard houses. Three Piece House appropriates this strategy for an Australian setting, using brick platforms to mediate between house and ground.

Three Piece House uses the full extent of its site, encouraging life to take place within, between and beyond the building. Courtyards and gardens ramble between the pavilions, which are unified by their brick base. The scale of this platform is further broken down by brick steps, seating edges and planter beds, which will soon be lush with native plants.

Moving inside, the architectural arrangement is simple yet dynamic. The main house is composed of two pavilions – one for living, and one for sleeping. A reading corridor, which bridges between, faces out to the garden and, in winter, is bathed in northern sun. The brick paving continues through this space, unifying inside and out.

The studio, meanwhile, sits as a discrete, and yet related, volume in the garden. It provides accommodation for visiting friends, family and guests. Throughout Three Piece House, the rooms maintain a compact footprint that is balanced by generous ceilings and carefully cropped openings. Walking around the house, the spaces reveal themselves slowly, via constantly shifting views and vignettes.

The two main courtyards have distinctive characters: one is extroverted and public, the other introverted and private. The southern porch, which faces the river, is a space for neighbourly chats and watching street life go by. The northern courtyard, meanwhile, is a sheltered space for retreat and family gatherings. It is shaded overhead by deciduous vines, providing a simple and time-honoured approach to passive heating and cooling.

The materiality of Three Piece House is robust and resilient, as befits a windswept, coastal site. The textures and tones of the house are raw and rugged, and have been deliberately chosen to become more beautiful as they age. The skillion forms are clad in a radially-sawn Silvertop Ash, which will grey over time. This resource-conscious product uses felled timber as efficiently as possible, minimising wastage and celebrating the timber’s rough grain.

The solid masonry base, meanwhile, is rendered in earthen-red tones that are colour-matched to the recycled brick paving and the rusted reds of passing ships. The bricks reappear throughout the interior, emerging as an anchored island bench and  a fireplace hearth.

The platform is built from recycled bricks that were sourced on-site. These were repurposed from the old house, a dilapidated 1940’s bungalow that we dismantled with our client. This approach is both inherently sustainable, and an act of storytelling: the new home sits upon the bones of the building before it. Philosophically, the gesture speaks of use and re-use; poetry and memory.

Elsewhere, the house pursues principles of sustainability. It employs cross and stack ventilation, thermal mass, water collection, and eroded eaves, which provide shade. The house can be tweaked and adjusted to suit the prevailing season and weather. In summer, the house is cooled by ocean breezes, and the courtyard will be covered by deciduous vines. In winter, a fireplace warms the living pavilion, while the brick corridor soaks up sun. The home also implements solar panels and battery storage, which supply the home with most of its energy needs.

The interior spaces are large, open volumes that maintain a human scale. Corner openings peel back to reveal greenery and views, while high windows exhale air and offer slivers of sun and sky. These openings allow light to creep across walls and floors in animated paths – a daily testament to time passing. Elsewhere, the house embraces the prosaic beauty of its suburb, framing views of the river and neighbouring streets.

Across this project, the budget is spent thoughtfully, focusing on details that improve the client’s daily life: a series of pendant lights suspended in corners, touches of brass for tactility, and a tiled bench for washing in old age. This house is defined by a spirit of ‘less but better,’ with every decision a careful negotiation of longevity and value.

With the house comprising 114m2 – and the studio measuring 22m2 – this is a project that prioritises simplicity and necessity. It questions what constitutes ‘enough’ when we build houses and make homes. Three Piece House is a dynamic and distinctive piece of architecture, that is at once crafted and unpretentious.It is a testament to small living in suburbia.

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TRIAS


TRIAS is an emerging architecture studio based in Sydney, Australia. Since its establishment in 2016, TRIAS has quickly developed a reputation for thoughtful and thorough design work.

The studio is founded on three principles: to create buildings that are solid, simple and beautiful. These ideals tie our work to the origins of architecture, which Vitruvius defined as firmness, commodity and delight.

TRIAS is currently completing projects across Australia, and has received recognition in numerous local and international competitions.


CONTACT

34 Kings Lane Darlinghurst. NSW 2010


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Sawmill by Olson Kundig

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Location: Tehachapi, California, USA
Area: 4170.0 ft2
Year: 2014


 


Awards

2018 AIA National COTE Top Ten Award
2017 AIA National Housing Awards, Honor Award2017 AIA Northwest Pacific Region Citation Award
2017 Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Awards, American Architecture Award


Architects: Olson Kundig

Design Principal: Tom Kundig
Project Manager: Elizabeth Bianchi Conklin

Photography: Kevin Scott, Gabe Border