House Elysium by Studio Prineas

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Location: Newtown, New South Wales, Australia

Area: 339 m2

Year: 2015



Architects: Architect Prineas

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The brief – Reinvent a grand Victorian-era terrace to shift the main formal living areas from the front of the home to the more relaxed and private rear garden, one level below the street. Extend this new living space and open up the back two floors to the outdoors, and can you re-landscape the gardens while you’re there? And add a rear garage with a studio above it?

The result – The original home is now a sophisticated urban retreat suited to a busy 21st century family. A new multi-level plywood extension inserted into the main rear living room proudly distinguishes old from new and connects several levels of the house to the garden for the very first time.

A mirrored box containing an ensuite, inserted into what was formerly a second bedroom, which is still resplendent with its original Victorian ceiling and floor details, exemplifies our contemporary-meets-classic approach.

The feeling: Generous, inviting, surprising and with the new garden outlook, ultimately happy.

Studio Prineas


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Eva-Marie Prineas
Principal

Eva-Marie Prineas founded Studio Prineas in 2004. Her background and passion for heritage conservation and sustainable design forms the basis of the Studio Prineas philosophy of understanding and adapting places that are already special.

Eva-Marie’s award-winning approach to design stems from an intuitive understanding of what to keep and what to cleverly adapt in her projects. She prides herself on her studio’s collaborative skills and personally invests in client relationships to ensure each project is a combined effort with a shared vision.

Eva-Marie was a co-founder of DARCH – the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) group for emerging architects, and maintains a role as guest critic at the University of Sydney. She is also an examiner for the architects’ registration exam at the NSW Board of Architects. In 2007 Eva-Marie was elected onto the NSW Chapter Council for the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and has continued to contribute to numerous juries including the AIA Awards.


CONTACT

Studio 504
19a Boundary Street
Rushcutters Bay
NSW 2011 Australia

+61 2 9332 2006
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House in Ses Torres by Gallardo Llopis Arquitectos

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Type: Single-family house

Location: Ses Torres, Ibiza, Spain
Plot Surface Area: 450 m2
Project Area: 250 m2

Year: 2015


Project Management: Carlos Gallardo Llopis, Javier Gallardo Llopis, José Luis Gallardo Blanquer
Project Team: Fernando Usó Martín, María Mezquita Vidal
Contractor: BFM Aedificatoria
Structure: Estructuras Singulares | UPV · David Gallardo
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Technical Architect: Angel Portillo Murado

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The project is located in a small plot urbanization with a turn in the rear façade.

The proposal tries from the very beginning to ensure that the house enjoys the views of the beach but achieves a certain privacy. A closed and massive upper volume open to the southwest orientation allows you to take advantage of the views of the Dalt Vila and Ibiza and protect yourself from views in the other directions. In addition, in the rear elevation, a break is generated in the ground floor that is related to the one that presents the plot serving this gesture of access to the dwelling.

In the ground floor there is an open and transparent element that allows cross ventilation. This level is situated as a podium to enjoy the views and breezes of the place. The swimming pool and the terraces are an extension of the interior space.

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Gallardo Llopis Arquitectos is a team founded in 1978 that through the synergies of professionals specialized in different fields looks for a common objective, to realize an architecture in which the technique and beauty converge. It proposes an architecture that transmits harmony and timelessness by its shapes and geometries, economy by its materiality and precision in its execution. more


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Gallardo Llopis Arquitectos

Calle Sorní nº7 · piso 1 – 2
46004 Valencia · España
T. +34 96 393 71 32
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Skyhaus by Aidlin Darling Design

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Location: San Francisco, California, USA

Size: 4,250 sq. feet

Year: 2014



Awards

2016 AIA San Francisco Design Awards


Architects: Aidlin Darling Design

Team: David Darling , Principal-in-Charge
Joshua Aidlin, Principal
Melinda Turner, Project Manager/Designer

Consultants: Gemmill Design, Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders

Photography: © Matthew Millman



Channeling the spirit of the home’s original designer, the late Joseph Esherick, daylight and landscape were the primary objectives of this contemporary transformation. Central to the design is a multi-storied interior garden atrium that captures outdoor space within the home’s interior and pulls daylight deep into the spaces within. At the rear, a new lower level physically connects the interior to the landscape as the façade reorients both indoor and outdoor spaces toward the views beyond while editing neighboring structures for mutual privacy. Earth and sky, heavy and light, is reinforced through materials of concrete, wood, glass, steel and diffused light.

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CONTACT

Aidlin Darling Design
500 Third Street, Suite 410
San Francisco, CA 94107

tel 415 974 5603
fax 415 974 0849

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Ranch house renovation in Ojai, California by Bestor Architecture

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Location: Ojai, California, US

Year: 2015



Architects: Bestor Architecture

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Bestor Architecture


Bestor Architecture is based in Los Angeles and was founded by Barbara Bestor, FAIA in 1995. Bestor Architecture has designed a number of award-winning projects including headquarters for Beats by Dre and Nasty Gal, Blackbirds, a groundbreaking new typology for dense housing in Echo Park, and a variety of experimental residences and commercial establishments. The varied, creative, and aesthetically progressive body of work expands the territory of architecture into atmospheric urbanism.


CONTACT

Bestor Architecture
2030 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

 

Pacific Heights Residence by Jensen Architects

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Location: San Francisco, California, US

Year: 2015



Architects: Jensen Architects

Project Leads: Mark Jensen, Frank Merritt, Kimberly Cinco, Audrey Harris

Project Team: Ryan Golenberg, Keri Goodlad, Ricardo Gonzalez, Hanya Chen



Landscape: Terra Ferma Landscapes

Lighting: Johanna Grawunder

Photography: © Joe Fletcher



A tight lot in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood seems an unlikely setting for a home replete with gardens. Rather than a conventional yard, Jensen Architects sculpted a weave of shifting volumes and open spaces. At every turn, living spaces blend with dramatic views and intimate courtyards and terraces. Family life flows effortlessly inside and outside throughout the day, “like walking in the clouds,” they say.

Movement through the house reveals a thoughtful narrative of the space, materials, and people that weave through it. Simply walking through the house creates a new relationship to the city topography and bay views beyond. The stairs are treated as sculptural elements emphasizing the fluidity between the levels and the views revealed at each landing. A glass elevator allows you to experience this change as you ascend vertically through the house. The steel-frame of the elevator is painted International Orange, the same color specification as the Golden Gate Bridge. This echo of the iconic structure seen in the distance serves to deepen the house’s ties to its spectacular location.

In many ways the design involved solving a three-dimensional puzzle, a push and pull between height limits, open space requirements, neighbor considerations, and the family’s desire for openness and views. Jensen threaded open spaces throughout the house and shifted living spaces to maintain light and views for neighbors. Carefully placed cut-outs over the pool and courtyard open up vertical views through the house. All outdoor levels are connected as well, with exterior staircases from the rooftop garden to the street.

Jensen balanced the vocabulary of transparency and interconnectedness with the realistic considerations of privacy and solar heat gain. The shifting volumes create south facing overhangs for shading, and each glass wall has curtains or pocketing shades. Floor-to-ceiling aluminum louvers obscure side views to and from neighboring homes, while allowing for light and direct views. Excavation into the hillside created private living areas on the lowest level and the entry hallway spaces can be partitioned at will with sliding solid pocket doors.

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Mark Jensen, FAIA
Founder

As the founder of Jensen Architects, Mark Jensen cultivated his view of the art and science of architecture into an award-winning design practice based in San Francisco. These values came naturally to Mark, who grew up among artisans and designers, and deepened through his academic and early experience in the United States and Italy. After earning a Bachelor of Architecture at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, a program recognized for its emphasis on building science, he worked with renowned architects Superstudio, Jim Jennings and Mark Mack, as well as noted fashion designer Enrico Coveri. An active member of the San Francisco Bay Area arts and design community, Mark is a former chair of the California College of the Arts (CCA) Interior Architecture Department and the Headlands Center for the Arts Board of Trustees. He is a licensed architect in California. Mark was elevated to The College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2018.

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CONTACT

Jensen Architects

833 Market Street
7th Floor
San Francisco
CA 94103-1827

415.348.9650
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Glen Ellen Aerie by Aidlin Darling Design

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Location: Glen Ellen, California, United States

Year: 2015



Award

2018 AIASF Design Awards



Architects: Aidlin Darling Design

Landscape Design-builder: Dexter Estate Landscapes

Photography: © Matthew Millman



Two modest volumes, benched gently into the hillside, open to a floating glass bar just as the ground drops away. This perch at the edge of a pine forest allows for a layered sequence of heightened sensorial experience, moving from grounded enclosure to revelation and suspension over the valley floor.

The design appropriates outdoor space, using screened openings, operable glass walls, and generously shaded decks to create a gradual transition from the wild natural landscape to a materially warm interior. Spaces are arranged to enable the convivial spirit of a wine country gathering, while providing moments of solitude akin to being in a tree house.

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CONTACT

Aidlin Darling Design
500 Third Street, Suite 410
San Francisco, CA 94107

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fax 415 974 0849

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Hahei House by Studio2 Architects

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Location: Hahei, New Zealand

Year: 2015



Architects: Studio2 Architects

Photography: Simon Devitt & Simon Wilson (kitchen imagery)



The building design evolved from the idea of sculpture, building and the existing land form – working with the site.

The wings of the house are positioned on the site to inform users of the different aspects of the site including orientation, sun and views.

Priority of space has been established with a secure/solid entry to the east, main sleeping to the base of the house, living spaces elevated to the views, and the bunk room (the den) grounded and tucked away. All other rooms make the most of all the different aspects of the site.

The roof shape informs the internal spaces at the first floor through its folded geometry. These forms were perceived as a reference to the sand patterning on the immediate beach beyond and they give priority to the individual uses beneath.

The positioning of the two main building forms creates a courtyard to the north west with a translate roof in the same form of the folded main roofs, a reference to the same patterning.

The house also has the ability to transform with the use of sliding screens which open and close for the changing weather as well as manipulating the spaces for privacy or openness.

The materials are of a natural platte: sandstone, metal and cedar to the exterior and American oak and polished concrete to the interior.

The house is a retreat from busy city life and is intended to be enjoyed by all.

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Studio2 Architects



Studio2 Architects was formed out of the renowned New Zealand architectural studio Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects. Led by leading architect Paul Clarke and Brett Gerrard, the studio is supported by a team of specialists. more


CONTACT

Studio2 Architects

Axis Building, studio 2.7,  1 Cleveland Rd

Parnell, Auckland 1052

P O box 37-270, Parnell, Auckland

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M     021 281 6002

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Summer House Under The Prickly Pears, Ios island, Greece | GFRA Architecture

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Location: Ios island, Greece
Area: 150 m2
Year: 2015



Architects: gfra architecture
Project team: Tasos Gousis, Joost Frijda, Eddie Roberts, Fotini Anagnostou
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In a quiet, remote slope of Ios Island, far from the sea, we were asked to design a summer house for a couple. The intention was simple: the summer house to be the ultimate resting and relaxation space, offering contact with the nature of the island while aiming to the unobstructed view of the sea.

The design is inspired by the underground architecture, reminiscing a cave. The summer house is developed on one level of about 100 square meters on a slightly sloping plot of 4 acres. There is only one facade facing west, while the others are covered by the slope. The roof is planted with prickly pears, providing insulation while bonding the building to the surrounding landscape.

The facade is lined with local stone, built in such a way that refers directly to the existing stone walls of the plot, integrating in a way with the environment. The interior, in contrast to the exterior style of the building, has been treated with modern design. The kitchen, the dining room, the living room and the bedroom are actually one large space. This feeling is enhanced by the common material that was used both for walls and floors, a forged cement in a soft gray hue.

The natural indirect lighting coming from the skylights increases the luminosity of the premises, giving a calm and relaxed atmosphere. The semi-open space right outside the dining room of the summer house, along with the barbecue under the pergola, are a focal point for the couple and their friends, that want to enjoy the sea view.

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gfraThe office gfra architecture was founded in 2004 by Tasos GousisJoost Frijda and Eddie Roberts as a result of many years of cooperation in previous associations where they participated with the major Greek projects of the previous decade, such as projects for the Olympic Games, the new Athens airport and the Acropolis Museum competition. Joost Frijda is Dutch and has received his degree from the Delft University of Technology, while both Tasos Gousis and Eddie Roberts, who has a Welsh background, are graduates from the NTUA (Athens Polytechnic), just as Fotini Anagnostou who becomes part of the team in 2007.

The multinational background of the team makes them search for new ideas and forms in architecture, to give a ‘European’ spirit to their design. This has been recognized by the numerous publications and participations in exhibitions such as the biennale of Young Greek Architects and the international Piranesi exhibition. At the same time they have a realistic approach and through close cooperation with the client and the consulting engineers, aim of the office is to maintain the quality of design and technology of architecture to a maximum.

The many specializations of the office include: housing, hotels, education, offices, cinema/theatre, retail, interior design, public urban/green spaces, re-use/restoration etc. Many projects are situated in the Athens region, but work is done all over Greece and abroad. Project responsibility includes both design and supervision, and can lead from the initial concept, through obtaining the building permit, to the possibility to organize the complete construction process.


CONTACT

gfra architecture

Komninon 37
114 73 Athens, Greece
T +30 210 6427972
F +30 210 6427203
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Ocean Residence by FMD Architects

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Location: Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia
Year: 2015



Architects: FMD Architects
Project Team: Fiona Dunin, Katherine Peasley, Andrew Carija, Robert Kolak, Alex Peck,
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The residence is a weekend beach house for a semi retired couple with a large family and extensive corporate guests. The house was designed to entertain large amounts of guests for parties and extended stays.

FMD architects inherited the concept deign prepared by Tony Hobba Architects and was engaged to develop the interior and architectural details for the project.

An interior landscape is created which merges into the surrounding external landscape. Materials and colours are drawn from the local environment and counterbalance the intense blue ocean hues. Natural timbers, local stone, textures tiles and muted stones are selected to mimic the surrounds. Selected paint and tile colours reflect the deep oranges and reds found in the local stone and local flora.

The interiors defer the striking landscape and subtly merge with it to create a seamless relationship between the interior built form and nature. The house is grand in scale, yet the spaces are relaxed yet sophisticated, modular and flexible. The balanced selection of imported and local furniture, lighting and materials celebrates the quality of local design within a global design environment.

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Fiona Dunin established FMD Architects in 2005 with a focus on design intensive projects of varying scales and types.

Fiona merges the two disciplines of interior design and architecture. Her experience is diverse, with a range of projects including residential, major retail and institutional projects over the last 20 years. The detailed nature of her work, coupled with her extensive research into materials and product development is reflected in the rich interiors and architecture produced. more


CONTACT

FMD Architects

Level 3, 358 Lonsdale St

Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia

+61 3 9670 9671


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Kirribilli Apartment by Brcar Morony Architecture

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Location: Kirribilli, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Year: 2015


Architects: Brcar Morony Architecture

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The project involved the transformation of a 1960s two bedroom apartment which was lacking natural daylight into an elegant and light filled space with refined, timeless finishes.

The apartment was designed to be flexible for a sole executive owner with generous living and entertaining spaces easily able to be converted into secondary sleeping quarters for staying guests when necessary.

A flexible plan was created and overlaid with a minimalist and monochromatic aesthetic. Generous and finely crafted storage joinery is subtly integrated into each room to provide a series of spaces that appear and feel far more generous then they actually are.

The removal of existing non load bearing walls, the use of clever joinery, sliding panels that can be hidden allow the spaces to connect more seamlessly with one another and also connect visually to its immediate context, views to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Harbour and city CBD views.

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‘Natalie has great design and management skills. She understood and addressed my needs and project brief entirely.  She delivered an outstanding fit out to my apartment which was on time and on budget. I am delighted to recommend her to you.’

Client Therese Adami


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Brcar Morony Architecture


Natalie Brcar and Michael Morony cofounded Brcar Morony Architecture in 2015.

Natalie and Michael first met in 1999 at the University of Technology Sydney where they commenced the first of their two degrees in Architecture. Throughout their six years of university studies they had the opportunity to work together on numerous occasions. This joint study, shared interests and mutually agreeable beliefs and thoughts on design was the beginning of a collaborative partnership.

Natalie and Michael both graduated with 1st class honours in 2005 and 2004 respectively while concurrently working in some of the leading architectural practices in Sydney.  Post-graduation, Natalie and Michael continued to work for award winning architectural and development practices in Sydney and progressed to leadership positions within these offices. When opportunities arose Natalie and Michael would undertake private commissions to test their own design philosophies and this experience lead to the formation of Brcar Morony Architecture. more


CONTACT

Brcar Morony Architecture Pty Ltd
ABN 80 140 916 208

Dulwich Hill NSW Australia

NSW Architects Act
M Morony Architect No. 8218

 

Natalie Brcar
Director

M: +61 (0)405 321 884
Natalie@brcarmorony.com

Michael Morony
Director

M: +61 (0)409 272 459
Michael@brcarmorony.com


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Klein House by MHN Design Union

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Location: Vaucluse, Sydney, Australia
Year: 2015



Architects: MHN Design Union
Interiors by Lawless & Meyerson
Photography © Justin Alexander



Located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney with distant views to Sydney Harbour, this irregular shaped site with a narrow street frontage, a steep slope from front to rear and sandstone rock shelves posed a significant challenge to the architect.

The brief was to create a practical family home that captures the panoramic views of the Harbour and provide a warm and relaxed atmosphere with plenty of light and generous amenity. The existing tennis court to the south was to be retained, and the associated tennis pavilion refurbished and altered.

The project was conceived as a group of two pavilions set around a central courtyard where the spaces can freely flow from inside to outside, permitting both pavilions access to eastern and northern light. The house is set as closely as allowable to the western boundary, pulled away from the neighbouring property to the east for solar gain and greater views.

The narrow site entry was widened by cutting back the existing sandstone rock boulders to allow for a generous entry stair nestled alongside the rock face. The wide cantilevered concrete treads follow the shape of the rock and lead up to the entry door.

The Ground floor level accommodates a mix of formal and informal rooms on different levels and a large covered outdoor terrace beside the pool. The first floor accommodates a parent’s retreat making the most of the northerly aspect and views, with the children’s bedrooms located on the top floor. The existing tennis pavilion was retained as a guest house with a new level added to house a gym.

To emphasise the sense of seamless spaces the architectural material palette of dark metal, timber, stone and off-form concrete makes its way to the inside of the house with beautifully designed interiors. The client had a strong sense of style and a very good understanding of materiality, form and space. The design process was a true collaboration be¬tween client, architect and interior designer where every detail was discussed intensively and resulted in a beautifully finished home.

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MHN Design Union

 

Pool House, Amagansett, NY | Robert Young Architects

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Location: Amagansett, New York, US

Size: 200 square feet

Year: 2015



Architects: Robert Young Architects

Principal in charge: Robert Young, AIA

Project architect: Robert Deacon, Eva Ouano

Landscape contractor: Summerhill Landscapes

Photography © Frank Oudeman



A lot of design projects start with problem-solving, and this pool house, on Long Island’s East End, was no exception. Building codes in the Hamptons specify that a pool house can only contain 200 square feet of interior space. Here, the interior section — maxing out at exactly 200 square feet, and enclosable by folding doors — was carefully crafted to maximize the space: it contains a kitchenette, bathroom, day bed and chair. A trellised area, designed for lounging and relaxing, connects it to a garage, where this family keeps all their beach-going essentials, from surfboards to Jeeps. Natural elements, from marble to bluestone to wisteria vines, connect the space to its environment.

Robert Young Architects


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Robert Young Architects


The design team of Robert Young Architects practices an architecture of pragmatic response. Creative exploration and thorough investigation of the essential facts and distinctive possibilities of each site and client’s needs lead to organic, apt, and inevitable solutions that are true to their time and place.

Whether architecture, interior, furniture, object, or landscape, the firm guides every project from conception to completion with passion and commitment. Each design decision integrates aesthetic and contextual imperatives with those of budget, program, materials, technology, and construction techniques.

Robert Young’s mission is to create compelling, practical and original architecture for informed clients who care deeply about the spaces where they live, work, learn and play.


CONTACT

(212) 687-6940

New York Office
526 West 26th Street
Suite 616
New York, NY 10001

Bridgehampton Office
2273 Montauk Highway
Bridgehampton, NY 11932


VISIT

Robert Young Architects


North Warrandyte House | Alexandra Buchanan Architecture


Location: North Warrandyte, Victoria, Australia

Floor area: 249 sqm

Year: 2015



Architects: Alexandra Buchanan Architecture

Design Team: Hive EngineeringNathan Burkett Landscape Design

Construction Team: Eco Edge Homes

Photography: © Debra McFadzean, Marvelle Photography



This bold contemporary home perches high above the Yarra River at North Warrandyte on a raised plateau nestled amongst dense native bushland.

Restricted access, treacherous topography and environmental and bushfire overlays were challenges overcome during the process to resolve a monumental form and ambitious structure. View corridors and solar orientation directly influenced the building’s position and arrangement.

Twin butterfly roofs were developed to enable sailing eaves to frame views of the tree canopy and sky and allow sunlight to illuminate interior spaces via high level glazing. A split form allows two ‘wings’ of the dwelling to be sited independently so that views, privacy and outdoor access can be enjoyed unimpeded.

Combining stone and timber with contemporary construction materials including glass and steel the dwelling takes its cues from the material character of the rocky and forested surrounds. Naturally finished stone walls bring tactility and warmth to the interior and allow the exterior of the building to gently recede into the bushland setting.

Alexandra Buchanan Architecture


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