Northside House –
A home for a family of entertainers, with its legible form and honest material palette, Northside House embodies generosity and warmth. Placing the new additions in conversation with the original Federation home, Wellard Architects has created a place that is by its very nature inclusive and balanced. While providing a high degree of privacy and refuge befitting of its urban environment, the architecture is intrinsically approachable, welcoming friends and neighbours dropping by, hosting large social gatherings or simply embracing family moments with equal ease.
Fitzroy North –
Referencing and reinterpreting the details of neighbouring Victorian-era terraces, Auhaus Architecture stitched the heritage streetscape back together with the modern yet timeless façade. Behind this seemingly petite front is an expansive five-bedroom home surrounded by outdoor space.
Coromandel Bach –
As a capture of the ebb and flow of the seasons and the removed siting of the structure, Coromandel Bach has been opening and closing to the elements for the past 21 years. The responsive and adaptive insertion in the landscape is the beach house that Ken Crosson, Founding Director of Crosson Architects, designed for his family and has been sharing with them ever since.
Hidden Garden House –
Limited but not daunted by size and heritage restrictions, TRIAS has successfully maximised the visual space of a small terrace in Sydney’s inner east. As its name rightfully suggests, Hidden Garden House is the ultimate oasis, drawing on Japanese design principles to prioritise the garden at every turn.
Union Street House –
At the end of Union Street in Northcote lies Prior Barraclough’s backyard addition to an unassuming yet charming worker’s cottage. Manifesting its formal qualities from inside to out, Union Street House is a small yet precisely detailed building whose form can only be truly experienced from within.
Light Scoop House –
Architecturally, the idea of ‘one size fits all’ holds little merit. Instead, buildings conceived as a direct response to client briefing, context and site-specific requirements are deeply original in their identities and exciting to experience. In designing Light Scoop House in Melbourne’s seaside suburb of Brighton, Molecule Studio’s Anja de Spa and Richard Fleming have drawn on various aspects of differing typologies to craft a truly distinctive home that expresses personality and purpose.
The Gallery House –
Meditative yet modern, The Gallery House by Workroom breathes a sanctuary-like air far removed from its surroundings. The three-storey home, situated in the Melbourne suburb of Toorak, is a contemporary departure from the post-war-era landscape in which it rests – an emblem, perhaps, of the dualities it harbours within. Whilst the façade is monochromatic and megalithic, the interior is pervaded by an earthy warmth. Yet, the indoors and outdoors sit on the same plane, exemplifying an osmosis of nature and the built form.
Stable and Cart House –
Clare Cousins Architects
From the street, the transformation of the Stable and Cart House is barely noticeable. It sits as it always has, layered with the patina of the last 100 years. Yet internally, this warehouse has been considerately converted to a domestic residence by Clare Cousins Architects through a series of key insertions that modify function even as they retain and emphasise the building’s history.
May House –
May House is the reimagining of an original 1980s family home by respected Victorian architect Max May. Tasked with the update, Neil Architecture builds upon the original qualities of solidity and permanence to reflect a more contemporary notions of work, life and family.
Rose Park House –
Many contemporary extensions to heritage homes are guided by similar parameters, following comparable ideologies and leaning on a dependable set of architectural principles. In most cases, this works well, and yet stepping outside of these boundaries can lead to architecture that is surprising and thought-provoking. To pursue such an approach takes a heady mix of resolve, pragmatism and nerve from both the architect and client. Rose Park House in Adelaide sees studio gram bend the rules ever so slightly to create a home that feels refreshing and offbeat while remaining true to its heritage bones.
Awana Beach House –
Amidst the rugged landscape, the soft grey linear forms of the Awana Beach House appear nestled between the land and ocean. Through a deep connection with the unique site and conditions of Great Barrier Island, Herbst Architects has produced a reverent addition to this terrain.
Clifftop House –
Ponting Fitzgerald Architects
Overlooking Hahei Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula of Aotearoa New Zealand, Clifftop House by Ponting Fitzgerald Architects facilitates experiences of compression and release to make the most of the astounding view. Further privileging the outlook is an interior that recedes into the background, carefully honed to ensure that functionality does not get in the way of a direct connection with nature.