Kew Residence – John Wardle Architects
Narrative is intrinsic to John Wardle Architects’ work. The overarching historical, geographical and cultural narratives inherent in a place, a material, a craft; the more particular stories that lie behind a site; and those accumulated through the process of inhabitation or occupation – each is indelibly linked to the architecture’s physical qualities. Kew Residence, the home John Wardle has lived in with his family for 30 years and which has been recently renovated, represents a project in which each of these many layers is further interwoven with decades of lived experience.
Gottlieb House – Wood Marsh Architecture
On an unassuming residential street in Caulfield, in Melbourne’s east, stands a vast concrete and glass sculpture, a foreign object in a suburban setting. With a stainless-steel door set into its side the only indication as to its nature, Gottlieb House is as intriguing today as it was 30 years ago when Wood Marsh designed the building.
Ballarat House – Kennedy Nolan
From a design driven by the push and pull between the unique strengths and challenges of its lakeside site, Kennedy Nolan’s Ballarat House emerges as a home finely attuned to its context. While opening itself up to the ever-changing views of water and sky, the building draws the earth close like a protective blanket, nestled into a landscaped berm that shelters the spaces within from the street outside.
Barwon Heads House – Adam Kane Architects
Bolstering an existing weatherboard cottage, Adam Kane Architects takes cues from the home’s coastal milieu to conjure Barwon Heads House as a series of meditative and reductive spaces of retreat.
Kyneton House – Edition Office
In a landscape that is in perpetual flux, shifting in concert with the seasons, Kyneton House was conceived as a constant, a place of reference that bears witness to the passage of time. While the architecture is resilient – both the materiality and form harking back to the old weather-beaten buildings of the surrounding area – it is also highly attuned to the ephemeral qualities of the environment and the lives that are carried out within its walls.
Latimer House – Tobias Partners
Navigating an unconventionally shaped site, vertical and horizontal planes create a series of strong architectural frames of differing scales to direct views and sightlines outward of Latimer House. Tobias Partners carefully integrates simple architectural principles with a layering of landscaped elements to create a home that responds to the unique qualities of its site.
Cora House – Tom Robertson Architects
Charged with the difficult task of stepping into a project after construction had already commenced, Tom Robertson Architects leant on the clients’ love of timber and openness to bold material selections to achieve a contemporary entertainer’s dream in the picturesque Mornington Peninsula location of Red Hill.
Windsor Street – Tom Mark Henry
With a sensitivity to the spatial qualities of the original architecture, Tom Mark Henry adapts a 1970s townhouse to create an open and welcoming family home designed for entertaining.
Arcos – Joe Adsett Architects
Using the bones of a pre-war Queenslander house, Joe Adsett Architects has designed a palatial home in Brisbane’s Paddington that draws on Spanish Revival influences to create spaces whose charm lies in balancing their grand scale with a warm and tactile nature.
Stonelea – Matthew Woodward Architecture
Responding to context and climate, Stonelea by Matthew Woodward Architecture delivers an authentic, multi-generational country retreat embedded in the landscape. Nestled in the western foothills of the Blue Mountains, where the clients have resided and enjoyed time with family for many years, Stonelea tenderly responds to context – geographical and familial. “It’s a special place where the children (big and small) swim in the river, lunch on log benches, ride horses, grow veggies and pick fruit from the many fruit trees,” describes architect Matthew Woodward.
East Fremantle House – Nic Brunsdon
East Fremantle House by Nic Brunsdon sees a traditional home on a narrow block reprogrammed into a light-filled haven for a growing family, offering flexibility, seclusion and a constant interplay with its exterior.
MJ Residence – Seear-Budd Ross
Drawing on a palette of travertine and walnut, Seear-Budd Ross imbues this 1910s villa in Wellington with a warm, inviting atmosphere to create a sense of calm and cohesion in the design.