Backdune House –
Peter Stutchbury Architecture
Backdune House sits within the unceded lands of the Garigal people on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Whilst exploring scale and solidity, the building continues Peter Stutchbury Architecture’s decades-long experimentation with the experiential qualities of tent architecture.
Lavender Bay House –
Durbach Block Jaggers
In Lavender Bay House, Durbach Block Jaggers has choreographed a series of unique moments and spatial experiences. With smooth connections between interior rooms and verdant gardens, there is a complexity belied by the house’s deceptively effortless resolution. Responding to the iconic visage of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which looms large to the east, the building offers both drama and quietude, playfulness and gravitas in the tension between its rectilinear edifices and the more organic, undulating spaces and forms within.
St Vincent’s Place –
The lush revival of St Vincent’s Place is the culmination of B.E Architecture’s bespoke and collaborative approach to design over the last 20 years. Both a confirmation and reminder of the responsibility when working in a heritage context, it also embodies the significance of coactively engaging at all stages of the design and construction process. At its core, St Vincent’s Place is an expression of the client, whose vision, trust and shared curiosity were integral to the project’s ambitious realisation. The result recognises the timeless power of weaving history, art, philosophy and beyond to leverage the individuality of a space into becoming a resonant home.
Rosso Verde –
Space is always at a premium in Sydney’s densely populated Inner West. A renovation of a previous warehouse conversion, Rosso Verde demonstrates how the use of space impacts both the experience and function of a building. Carter Williamson’s deft spatial sensibilities imbue the home with a palpable generosity of spirit, seeming to expand its presence – even as the built fabric is carved into to make way for a central landscaped courtyard.
Lower Shotover –
There is a certain romance to the evocative nature of a changing landscape – the dancing into one season and awaiting of the next. Idyllically positioned amid a relief of surrounding slopes, Lower Shotover becomes a place of pause and contemplation – a sheltered and anchored viewfinder. Bureaux gives flight to the notion of the magnetic energy of place, ensuring the architecture that engages with it plays its due part.
Fisherman's House –
Along the harbour in Sydney’s Birchgrove, a little cottage sits at the foot of a sandstone cliff. Originally built in the 19th century for local fishermen, it is the last remaining of a collection of weatherboards – the others sadly falling prey to demolition and harbourside development. Tasked with restoring the cottage and designing a significant extension, Studio Prineas’s response is a nine-metre-tall off-form concrete tower, Fisherman’s House. Acting as a conduit from street level to the water’s edge, it makes sense of this cottage once again, ensuring it is habitable, functional and fit for its future as a family home.
Paddo Pool Terrace –
Luigi Rosselli Architects
As a respectful return to its historical origins, Paddo Pool Terrace becomes a celebration of the vertical terrace typology that has become such an integral icon of residential Sydney’s architectural fabric. Giving depth to the approach, Luigi Rosselli Architects carefully weaves old and new, preserving the heritage stylings among a contemporary occupation.
Curl Curl –
Trias and Folk Studio
Behind a decisive yet unimposing wall on a residential street in Curl Curl rests a family sanctuary. Designed by TRIAS with interiors by Folk Studio, the home is equipped for the fluid nature of family life over time, balancing functional and progressive technologies with timeless design.
Brighton Residence –
Inspired by the countryside in the south of Italy, Brighton Residence emerges as a richly layered family home that expresses its materiality through an inviting engagement with both the outdoors and an embedded openness. Hecker Guthrie combines gestures of warmth and texture to create joyful moments throughout, allowing the narrative of the home to sit comfortably alongside the evolving dialogue of its growing family.
Coorparoo House –
Creating a sense of privacy in spaces that are open and connected is an architectural oxymoron – how can a building be simultaneously untethered and secluded? Coorparoo House by Brisbane architecture firm Nielsen Jenkins beautifully articulates this balance whilst referencing the typical vernacular of a Queenslander with a refined yet entirely unpretentious minimalism.
Arndt Residence and Artbarn –
With so many diverse typologies forming the one brief – an art gallery, a home and a guest space – Arndt Residence and Artbarn is a rare entity indeed. The curious uniting of art, landscape and architecture in such a removed setting is reminiscent of the process by which the project came into being. Together with an internationally-based client, CHROFI carefully managed both a repurposing and a new build to create a unique addition to Cape Schanck.
Kerr orchestrates a conversation between old and new. Through t he addition of key elements in an otherwise stripped-back warehouse apartment, emerging practice SSdH has created a home that offers a contemporary way to live as a family in the city.