Cremasco House – Paul Couch
Though Paul Couch has maintained a low profile throughout his long career, his work has been quietly revered over the years by those who have encountered it. Most of his buildings remain undescribed, but Cremasco House, completed in 2008, was photographed by Tom Ross for a forthcoming book on Paul’s work currently being written by architects Michael Roper and James Maguvin. A mixed-use building in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges, Cremasco House is a prominent later project in the oeuvre of an architect whose work is only now beginning to be given deeper consideration.
La Scala – Richards & Adrian Spence
La Scala tells the story of an ambitious vision for a small site tucked into an inner-city pocket of Brisbane. The home of architects Ingrid Richards and Adrian Spence, it is a building that challenges assumptions about residential architecture, subtropical design and the use of urban sites to craft a more adaptable, enduring and exciting response.
Koonya Pavilion – Room11 Architects
No architecture can make a landscape as soul-stirringly beautiful as the coastline of the Tasman Peninsula more powerful, but the right building can distil and heighten the experience of inhabiting such a place. Setting out to capture the elemental qualities of this experience, Room11 took a reductive approach to the design until all that remained of the building were four glass walls and two parallel planes of equal area that offer shelter overhead and support underfoot. The resulting glass pavilion sits as an object in the landscape, its exposed nature intensifying awareness of the site’s nuances.
Brunswick Lean-To – Blair Smith Architecture
Modest in scale, discrete in form, and holding the key functional areas of the home, Brunswick Lean-To fulfils many criteria of the structures that form almost ubiquitous appendices to Melbourne’s period housing stock. Yet the project is not merely the traditional lean-to redux. Rather, Blair Smith Architecture has deliberately combined
elements of the lean-to with thoughtful detailing and enduring materiality to create a contextually appropriate addition to a Victorian cottage.
The Sussex House – Templeton Architecture
Taking cues from its heritage and storied past, The Sussex House unites the existing detailing with newly crafted elements that celebrate a sense of harmony and encourage movement. Templeton Architecture combines an intuitively responsive approach with a heightened and refined resolve.
Central Park Road Residence II – Studiofour
With a calm palette, abundant fresh air and natural light, apposite spaces, and green outlooks, Central Park Road Residence II is a home that takes the wellbeing of its inhabitants to heart. Studiofour unites the stately Federation-era home with a contemporary new addition to create a subtle, fluid experience of old and new.
The Carringbush Hotel – DesignOffice
Within the walls of a Victorian-era pub in Abbotsford, Melbourne, DesignOffice has created an elegant fashion showroom that doubles as a private residence. A paredback approach to restoring the clarity of the spaces from beneath years of accumulated alterations and additions is complemented by a series of considered contemporary insertions that come to represent the building’s layers of history.
Stealth Pavilion – Plus Minus Design
As its namesake suggests, Stealth Pavilion sits suitably disguised in its landscape, concealing its presence through select materiality. Plus Minus Design carefully integrates a multifunction volume into an established heritage-listed garden setting, combining a refined and contemporary approach.
Basement Apartment – Brad Swartz Architects
Defying all expectations of a small Victorian-era apartment set below street-level on a busy thoroughfare in Potts Point, Basement Apartment is a calm and light-filled pied-àterre that balances a minimalist approach with an embrace of the building’s heritage.
Darling Point – George Livissianis
As a veritable playground of experimentation, Darling Point sees an unusual coming together of textures and finishes that reference a global spirit.
Te Arai Beach House – Fearon Hay
Set between the forest and the ocean, Te Arai Beach House manifests as a contemporary cabin in the woods. But what, at first glance, appears to be a defined, unambiguous form is revealed by closer interaction to be more complex, with blurred thresholds, operable screens and careful openings that combine to evoke a layered, more nuanced experience of habitation on the site.
Bourke Street Apartment – Fowler and Ward
Injected with a rich sense of character and unique personality, Bourke Street Apartment sees the reinvigoration of a 1980s residential shell to create a vibrant yet calm home in Melbourne’s CBD.