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.
All images courtesy of Studio Prineas
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.
19a Boundary Street
NSW 2011 Australia
Located on broad sweeping ranch lands overlooking a lake, Gambel Oaks Ranch was designed to blend into its surroundings and is not visible from any public roadways.
Following natural contours, a low-profile roof nestles the predominately one-story home into the scrub oak canopy.
Entrance to the site is choreographed to slowly reveal the residence in a series of glimpses through the trees, culminating in an arrival court that constrains panoramic views. From inside the home, views build from interior spaces to distant sights: pool terrace, pasture, far-off lake, mountain peaks.
In June 2015, the Gambel Oaks Ranch residence was awarded LEED for Homes Gold by the USGBC for its innovative use of horizontal loop field GSHP, PV, HWS, and radiant heating/cooling slab thermal control technologies.
Stone was used in layers reflective of the local geology: one color matched to the distant mountains, the other caged in gabion baskets from site rock excavated for building foundations.
Private areas within three distinct Corten boxes are organized as a family compound to contain the master suite, guest suite, and garage. Public gathering spaces defined by the Corten forms flow effortlessly outdoors for entertaining.
Born February 1980, Otto Felix is regarded a reflection of the decade famous as the information age. He started as a DJ at age 13 and at age 18 he was already trained in Los Angeles as a helicopter pilot besides being a visual artist, photographer, stage designer, music producer and event producer.
In 2004 he graduated in Architecture and Urbanism from the University Paulista (UNIP), and has an MBA in marketing from the Getulio Vargas Foundation and specialized in entrepreneurship at Babson college in Boston. During his college years he discovered his taste and talent for marketing, specializing in commercial projects, corporate and retail, which require the study of market positioning.
In 2005 Otto opened the Studio Felix, who besides architecture, work with audio and design as well. Today Otto Felix focuses on exclusive projects regardless of size.
Like a divining stick locating water, this house directs itself to the view.
An existing house on the property has been completely reimagined as part of a larger schema for the site. A new timber screen acts like a hedge to define a protected courtyard space – a cultivated garden within the broader rolling hills of the Mornington Peninsula landscape. The new house branches from the old across the slope, unfolding to engage with expansive views stretching over Bass Strait and Port Phillip Bay. A skin of copper on the sides of the house is taut and crisply defining. It is sliced open to frame the views that have been divined from the site.
Entry is through a glass link between old and new where a glimpse of the view is afforded before venturing inside. Timber of local species is used to line the interior, with varying textures across floor, walls and joinery. The interior is like a cabinet itself, a place to wander through, a place for refuge and prospect.
Tucked away on the sunny side of Wellington, this compact 84m² 2-bedroom home efficiently makes use of every square inch to provide the perfect nest for a young family.
A bold steel ‘loop’ – a simple reinterpretation of the neighbourhood’s gable rooftops – protectively wraps around the building, shielding the light, bright, clean interior from the harsh coastal elements.
Full-height windows flank a tall, raked living space, and the compact interior feels remarkably spacious. This house has a small footprint, physically, and a small footprint, environmentally! Ample insulation, high performance joinery and a northern orientation keeps this home sunny and warm all year round with minimal heating costs.
Location: Dutchess County, New York, US
Area: 2,000 SF
American Architecture Award
AIA NY Design Award
Interior Design Best of Year Award
Boston Society of Architecture Housing Award
World Architecture Festival Finalist Award
Architizer A+ Design Award- Special Mention
SARA NY Gold Award of Excellence
SARA National Design Award
Designed as a contemplative retreat for weekend visitors, this guest house is situated on a rock outcropping that overlooks a trout pond and open farmland with vast unobstructed views to the landscape. The house integrates a number of sustainable design strategies, including geothermal heating and cooling, radiant floors, natural ventilation, motorized solar shades, photovoltaic panels, and rainwater harvesting for irrigation, in addition to an elegant structural design.
Open views to nature create a stunning backdrop for the main living and sleeping areas. A main bedroom and two ‘couchette’ nooks with built-in bunk beds provide accommodations for six overnight guests.
The couchette nooks, bathroom, and storage rooms are housed within a slatted wood core in the middle of the house. The custom wood wall system surrounding the core allows natural light to penetrate through to the inner spaces of the home by day; at night, light emanates from the wood core and provides a warm, inviting glow in the living areas. The slatted system also allows the whole house to ‘breathe’; comfortable natural ventilation occurs throughout the house, even in the sleeping couchettes and storage closets.
The structural design for the house relies on 4 steel columns imbedded in the wood core; the roof cantilevers out from these 4 columns. This elegant structural solution uses the minimum amount of materials to achieve expansive, open living areas at both ends of the house. The façade of the house was designed as a thermally robust system of high-performance, triple-paned glass units that vary in width from 10’ to 20’. The entire glass assembly was prefabricated off-site, shipped to the site in one container, and erected by crane in 2 days.
Landscape design strategies were closely tied to the design of the house. A tight palette of native vegetation highlights vistas and other natural features on the property while also managing storm water run-off. Local bluestone slabs and shale excavated from the site create outdoor seating areas and pathways; bluestone steps from the terrace lead to a barbeque area and an outdoor shower in the woods.
Katherine ChiaFAIA and Arjun Desai AIA are the founding principals of Desai Chia Architecture. Since 1996, they have established the firm’s reputation for authentic design, creating inspiring environments expressive of their use and materials; Desai Chia’s portfolio includes cultural, residential, and commercial projects as well as commissions for product design and collaborations with artists. Projects are currently in development throughout the United States and India.
Desai Chia’s projects have been published extensively and received many accolades including the AIA Institute Honor Award, AAP Small Firm of the Year Award for Multi-disciplinary Architecture, numerous American Architecture Awards, AIA Design Awards, Interior Design Best of Year Awards, the IDEA Award, and several Good Design Awards. The firm’s work has been exhibited at the Center for Architecture, the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Istanbul Bienniale, Salone del Mobile Milan, the Herman Miller showrooms in New York and LA, and Parsons The New School of Design.
Katherine Chia FAIA earned her Master of Architecture degree from M.I.T. and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College. Prior to founding Desai Chia Architecture, she worked for Maya Lin on numerous art and architecture commissions. Chia is a registered architect in the state of New York & Connecticut. She has also been a faculty member in the architecture department at Parsons The New School of Design. She is Co-Chair of the Van Alen Institute’s Program Leadership Council, an elected member of the AIA NY Finance Committee, and Trustee Emerita of Amherst College.
Arjun Desai AIA grew up in New Delhi and Mumbai, India. Prior to founding Desai Chia Architecture, he worked at SHCA/NY on numerous civic projects in New York and Washington, D.C. He earned his Master of Architecture degree from M.I.T. and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bennington College. Desai is a registered architect in the state of New York and an active member of the AIA NY.
Desai Chia Architecture
115 West 27th Street, Suite 901
New York, NY 10001
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.
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.
After successfully completing the New York offices for a family-owned French global beauty brand, Mapos was asked to design a family retreat for the founders on a stunning 5-acre waterfront site overlooking Peconic Bay in the Hamptons. Mapos was challenged by the clients to create a timeless design for a multi-generational family which would celebrate the site, incorporate the latest in sustainable design strategies and technology, and exude beauty.
The family had fallen in love with the existing tree arrangement and natural fauna of the site, particularly an old growth Sycamore in the meadow. Respect for the site was paramount and special care was needed to be taken to minimize site disturbances of any kind. It was collectively decided that there could be no painted sheetrock surfaces anywhere in the home, only true, unfinished materials which would be allowed to patina naturally in the salted air of the Hamptons.
On a large, flat property with a lawn that stretches to a fruit orchard the clients discovered ramshackle structures (a three-bedroom house with a few loosely connected guest cottages) in need of repair. Their goal, rather than tear down the buildings, was to unite and logically connect what had become a hodgepodge of nondescript buildings.
The owners, who had known architect Barbara Bestor, for years worked on a plan that would renovate all the buildings but in a cohesive, beach style. Barbara would do all the architecture, and the owner oversaw the interiors, collaborating closely with her team. The main house was formerly closed off and had small rooms. It did not connect to the outside. Barbara’s solution was to raise the middle portion of the house, creating an entirely new great room, with radiant flooring, that opened up completely to the terrace and lawn. She then inverted the standard gabled roof, creating a butterfly shape that brings in natural light and air.
The indoor-outdoor living concept is embraced and enhanced by the addition of skylights and clerestory windows and bringing the exterior walls’ board-and-batten treatment inside. The same upholstery fabrics were used for indoor built-ins and outdoor cushions. All custom cabinetry was designed by Bestor Architecture.
Barbara Bestor, FAIA is founding principal of Bestor Architecture. Since 1995, Bestor Architecture has actively redefined Los Angeles architecture with a practice that rigorously engages the city through design, art, and urbanism. Increasingly, the firm applies L.A.’s lessons to national undertakings. She explores the architectural form through experiments in spatial arrangements, graphics, and color, which is evident in her projects from custom residences to headquarters for international companies. Her varied and progressive body of work connects with people on many levels, often outside the boundaries traditionally delineated for architecture. She believes that good design creates an engaged urban life and embraces the ‘strange beauty’ that enhances everyday life experience.
Barbara’s career is punctuated with inventive projects in a wide breadth of typologies. She has designed new ways of creating accessible urbanism in her “stealthy density” Blackbirds housing, groundbreaking retail and restaurant flagships, dynamic workspaces for Beats By Dre and Snap, award-winning experimental residences and pioneering arts projects that are deeply rooted in their communities and cultural context.
While maintaining a practice, Barbara has continuously taught at Southern California’s leading design schools from SCI-Arc to Woodbury University, where she is currently the executive director of the Julius Shulman Institute. She received her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, studied at the Architecture Association in London and received a MARCH at SCI-Arc. She is the author of Bohemian Modern, Living in Silver Lake.
2030 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
This project seeks to understand the ways in which a house can act to mediate and orchestrate an encounter with a powerful view.
Recalling earlier experiences of landscapes, and particularly sea-cliffs in southern Tasmania, we have proposed a kind of ‘landscape interior’ that holds the view between two mezzanine ‘cliffs’. This strategy results in an increased wall length internally, thereby also increasing the potential for engagement with more discrete oblique views over the Derwent River and wider cityscape.
Taylor and Hinds is an award winning Tasmanian based architecture practice, which was formed by Poppy Taylor and Mat Hinds in 2013.
With 15 years of Industry experience, Poppy has been involved in number of high-quality private sector tourism, heritage and residential projects. In 2011 Poppy received the AIA Tasmanian Chapter Emerging Architect Prize. Her acute sensibility as a practitioner is defined by her capacity to clearly communicate spatial ideas and to understand the technical means by which ideas are made into built outcomes.
Mat received his architectural education in both Tasmania and abroad, and registered as an Architect in Tasmania in 2011. In 2018 he was awarded the Tasmanian Emerging Architects Prize for his contribution to the profession.
He has a nuanced and technically astute architectural mind, and seeks sensitive, rigorous and affordable design outcomes. He has held teaching and associate lecturing and examiner positions at the University of Tasmania for over a decade, and has taught in a number of institutions internationally.
A Berliner, and now resident Australian, Ken brings extensive international and construction procurement experience to the practice. He possesses a quiet, thorough and determined design-mind, which is able to resolve complex technical requirements into an aesthetic of clarity, attuned to human experiences and functional needs.
Taylor and Hinds Architects
Level 1, 247 Elizabeth Street
Hobart, Tasmania, 7000
River’s Edge House is a home for a young family returning to Tasmania. Through careful planning, the home displays a sequence of intimate spaces, which gradually open to the river below. The client sought a practical incorporation of family needs, without the home feeling large.
The building slides into the site, promoting a sense of security and privacy. The spaces feel authentic, warm and durable. This was important for a family returning from working overseas, which wished to create a place that readily felt like home.
The house is relatively mute from the street, and reveals itself upon entry. Interior space links outward via placed openings, allowing for orientation and connection. Spaces around the building provide options for entertainment, play, or watching the moonrise over the river. Exterior and interior fireplaces promote relaxed, open living and take cues from family shack holidays.
Brian Bass joined the company in 1996. He has extensive experience in medium and high density apartment and mixed use projects in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. He has also applied his skills to designing commercial projects including restaurants, tourism facilities, offices and education buildings.
Alex Popov graduated from the Royal Academy, Denmark in 1971 and worked for Henning Larsen and Jorn Utzon before returning to Australia and establishing Alex Popov Architects Pty Ltd in 1983. Since then, he has applied his design skills to many and varied projects. Alex has established the firm’s highly regarded reputation. The consistently high quality and success of his completed projects has been recognised by numerous awards.
A qualified accountant with extensive marketing experience, Natalija Sarar applies her highly refined eye to all business aspects of our dynamic practice. A people person, her mission is to create a seamless interface between PopovBass and its clients.
Located along the New River in Fort Lauderdale, this low-slung residence maximizes its surrounding views of a tropically-landscaped yard, active riverway and ecological park. Similar to Strang’s designs for LakeHouse and Mountain Lake Residences, the home uses uninterrupted architectural lines to echo the horizontality of its context. Deeply shaded spaces allow for comfortable outdoor living.
[STRANG] is a Florida-based architectural, interiors and landscape design firm well known for its pre-eminent environmental modernist designs and tropical landscapes. Founded by Max Strang in 1998, the firm has received many awards and international acclaim including features within The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Metropolis Magazine, AXXIS, Objekt International, Tropic and other well respected media sources. The firm’s projects can be found in Florida and the Florida Keys, Colorado, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic, The Caribbean and United Arab Emirates. [STRANG] currently operates three offices in the US State of Florida and maintains registration licenses to practice in Florida, Colorado and internationally.
Max Strang is the Founding Principal and President of [STRANG]. In 2016, he was elected to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and in 2013 he received the Silver Medal from the Miami Chapter of the AIA, the highest honor the organization can bestow. Strang is a graduate of the University of Florida, Columbia University and is an active member of the AIA. Prior to establishing his firm, he worked in the architecture offices of Gene Leedy, SHoP Architects and Zaha Hadid. Beginning this Fall 2017, Max will be participating as an adjunct professor at the University of Florida.
Jason Adams is Principal and Vice President of [STRANG]. He oversees the firm’s operations, finances and new client development. Jason began his work with Max in 2003 as Project Manager after beginning his career in Colorado for Pierce Architects. In 2013, Jason was made Partner and Principal. Adams is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and is an active member of the AIA, IALD and Urban Land Institute. Jason currently serves on the AIA Fort Lauderdale Board of Directors and the AIA Florida/Caribbean Board of Directors as Regional Associate Director.
Overlooking the Atlantic Seaboard in Camps Bay, Cape Villa is set against the impressive backdrop of the picturesque Twelve Apostles mountain range and boasts the perfect balance between luxury and comfort. This glamorous home was completely transformed by ARRCC for an international family who enjoy spending time in Cape Town.
Being familiar with ARRCC’s design style, the client brief was to execute ARRCC’s signature style in a new and exciting way to create a modern coastal home with an ethnic edge. Keeping the family’s two children in mind, ARRCC strived to create a space that was contemporary and sophisticated, yet playful and fun. The existing structure was transformed into a large open space accommodating an inflow of natural light through the use of an array of reflective surfaces and large external aluminium screens
which layer the exterior of the house.
The entrance glass lobby is clad in reflective glass which accentuates the magnificent Twelve Apostles mountain views, while a garden oasis borders the walkway to the front door. The entrance level comprises a kitchen, dining and lounge area as well as a designated study and guest washroom.
Dominating the living room is a slattered screen, boldly shaped with an organic design, generating movement and flow within the space. The Volakas marble floors offer a sophisticated design detail and set the colour palette of the space which is accented by French oak veneers with touches of bronze and metallics which add another layer to the interior design.
The entrance makes way for the living area which features a modern design aesthetic, incorporating OKHA furniture – a South African brand of bespoke design – using medium tones that add richness and personality to the space. Artwork by local greats Lionel Smit and Nelson Makamo add a contemporary African feel to the spaces. The living area opens up to the pool entertainment terrace with a covered lounge area, outside shower and infinity pool which leads the eye to views of the ocean. The kitchen, adjacent to the lounge and living space, accentuates the light, organic palette of the villa through its monochromatic and minimalistic design. This leads onto an outdoor space set with a BBQ to accommodate outdoor dining. Also on the entrance level off the lobby, a walkway leads to a selfcontained, private guest suite. The guest suite features a contrasting colour palette to the main house, with dark wood furniture and a textured rug in olive green and mustard which compliments the artwork, by Emalie Bingham, above the bed. The entire house operates on an automated system from which the owner can control the lighting, heating, curtains and audio system.
The lower level accommodates a kid’s playroom dressed with graphic wallpaper and a light colour scheme to create a fun and playful space. Double doors open to a vertical garden with a swing creating a feel of indoor-outdoor living.
On the upper level, a glass bridge links two wings featuring the master bedroom and the two children’s bedrooms. The master bedroom offers an en-suite bathroom and designated dressing room and opens up to a private exterior terrace with uninterrupted views from Lion’s Head to Llandudno.
An authentic Peruvian Alpaca rug adds softness and texture to the space with the wall art above the bed bringing in an element of colour and personality to the room.
With custom designed beds and graphic designed wallpaper, the children’s bedrooms are mirrored versions of each other with differing unique features to reflect a space that is lively and fun with strong African references.
Art was widely used throughout the house to bring personality and emotion to the space. Nina Sierra Rubia, interior designer at ARRCC, talks about her inspiration and use of art pieces within the villa: “We saw the curation of the client’s art collection as an opportunity to showcase a mix of both established and up-and-coming South African artists. We incorporated some serious pieces such as the bust from Lionel Smit and a piece by Nelson Makamo, as well as a tongue-in-cheek installation art piece from Frank Van Reenen. In this project, our biggest considerations were what worked with the scheme, the right format and most importantly, what suited the personalities of our clients,” says Nina.
“While the internal spaces of the home are kept simple, signature ARRCC design elements and bespoke pieces create a modern and sophisticated presence while ensuring that the space reflects the personality of the home owner. We used bold textures and fabrics to add richness to the space with the combination of glamourous and organic materials ensuring that this holiday retreat is the perfect balance between luxury and comfort,” says Jon Case, ARRCC director.