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Issue No. 11
February 2023
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Issue No. 11 features new work from Chenchow Little, Wardle, Pandolfini Architects, Edition Office, Herbst Architects, Kennedy Nolan, Architects EAT and more.

Featured on the cover, Ground House 107R by David Fewson is a labour of love in the Byron Bay hinterland. Meticulously crafted, the building’s presence in the landscape is quiet yet confident. Issue No. 11 also includes profiles on architects Louise Wright and Mauro Baracco of Baracco + Wright, stylist Jess Kneebone and furniture designer James Howe.

The Commercial Project and The Local Marketplace round out the Issue No. 11 trio. The Commercial Project features over 180 pages of projects, profiles, products, discussion and opinion pieces. The Local Marketplace represents a curated selection of design – from furniture to lighting, rugs to fireplaces – representing the breadth and quality of local design in the region.
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Inside this Issue

Ground House 107R –
David Fewson

Immersed in the subtropics of Tintenbar, on the Far North Coast of New South Wales, Ground House 107R is a rugged guesthouse of unexpected beauty and craftsmanship. Crafted by local designer and builder David Fewson, the off-form concrete building sits gently in the landscape, offering a secluded oasis for guests to connect and unwind

Omata Beach House –
Herbst Architects

Sublimely secluded, accessible only via a dirt road over private land, this Northland site called for a gentle touch to assimilate the building with the natural beauty of the landscape. In response, Herbst Architects has created a house that sits quietly above the dunes, respectfully crafted from stone and timber and designed to facilitate full enjoyment of its special site.

Somers House –
Kennedy Nolan

Somers House by Kennedy Nolan is a large coastal home for a family of five along the eastern edge of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Encompassing two forms running perpendicular to one another, the striking dichotomy of the front façade is immediately intriguing. Yet, despite this bold identity, Somers House is – at its very core – a place of reprieve, with opportunities to embrace or retract from the elements as desired.

Bass Coast Farmhouse –

On approach, Bass Coast Farmhouse presents a simple and unfussy form reminiscent of traditional Australian farm buildings. Crafted by Wardle, the enigmatic house exists as a composition of pure elements distilled to deceptively simple forms – roof, walls and chimney – collected and structured around an open courtyard and suspended lightly on a natural rise in the landscape. Here is an introspective place of escape, formed as a tactile enclosure capable of protecting its occupants from the often-adverse conditions of the coastal site.

Blairgowrie House –
Eastop Architects

In a quiet seaside town on the Mornington Peninsula sits a distinctive interpretation of a coastal home. Eastop Architects conceived Blairgowrie House as an exercise in reduction, combining a minimal expression of materials to layer and extend space and to orchestrate unexpected moments between its architecture, its interior and the windswept coastal landscape.

Shiplap House –
Chenchow Little

Shiplap House embraces planning constraints and opportunities for outlook with equal enthusiasm, resulting in a strikingly faceted plan form. Located on the unceded lands of the Birrabirragal and Gadigal people in the Sydney suburb of Vaucluse, the home has been carefully shaped by Chenchow Little to connect to sweeping views of both Sydney Harbour and the Pacific Ocean. Achieving this on a difficult battle-axe block without compromising the privacy of neighbouring dwellings, the architecture’s form manifests the challenges and opportunities of its site.

Glen Iris House –
Pandolfini Architects

Nestled in the suburbs of Melbourne, Glen Iris House conjures a sense of both familiarity and singularity. Pandolfini Architects has created a house that materially speaks to its neighbours yet inverts the use of these same materials to create a new experience of domestic suburban living. Similarly, the building’s street façade abstracts the formal cues of a traditional house, a point of difference from the pitched-roof homes that surround it.

Family Heritage –
Luigi Rosselli Architects and Alwill Interiors

A home for a young family, Family Heritage fuses a modern, youthful approach together with an existing charm. Weaving elements of the past in with the present, Luigi Rosselli Architects and Alwill Interiors layer a treasured contemporary art collection among an architecture that bridges both the arts and crafts movement and the beginnings of the Federation style.

Black Vespa Home –
Stafford Architecture

Located in a trendy enclave of Bellevue Hill in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, Black Vespa Home, so-named for the bespoke black Vespa the owners park proudly in front of the property, imbues a timeless confidence. Stafford Architecture sets the building up as a seminal design befitting the slick Italian icon that resides beside it.

RK Residence –
Seear-Budd Ross

Bookended by the ocean and the foothills in Wellington’s harbourside suburb of Eastbourne, RK Residence by Seear-Budd Ross is superbly suited to its surrounds. Designed for a young family, the home effortlessly embraces public and private conditions, which are experienced with welcomed informality and ease.

Merricks House –
Aktis Architects

Sitting confidently within its context, Merricks House presents a bold and rhythmic occupation of a rural site in Melbourne’s south-east. Working with the challenges of the site and a linear arrangement of spaces, Aktis Architects has created an elegant light-filled home both connecting with the landscape and standing in contrast to it.

Parklane Apartment –
Knight Associates

Confident and carefully considered, the assured ambience of Parklane Apartment by Knight Associates heralds new beginnings for a setting rich with historical context. Nestled within Auckland’s enduring Parklane building, the apartment defines itself as a contemporary haven whilst affectionately observing memories of classic charm. Through subtle gestures and minimalist forms, Knight Associates impresses a hushed sophistication upon the abode, revitalising its shell to encapsulate a space awash with intimate calm.

Stawell House –
Architects Eat

Looking up from the street below, the thin black balustrade of the Stawell House appears through the trees, marking Architects EAT’s quiet addition to the 50-year-old house. The original home was designed by Daryl Jackson and Evan Walker in the early 1970s, and the new additions and subtle changes both celebrate the original design and update the house for contemporary domestic life.

Casa di Campo –
Neil Architecture

Conceived by Neil Architecture as an inward-facing courtyard house, Casa di Campo is a place of sanctuary. Situated in Werribee South – a district known for its agricultural plains and ubiquitous market gardens – the rationale behind the design was to demarcate the residence from the pastoral landscape that serves as the homeowners’ place of work.

Courland House –
Secret Gardens

Shaded by a majestic eucalypt and sheltered by walls of bamboo, with the sculptural forms of neighbouring palms peeking over the top, Courland House is a family abode that is at once private and welcoming. Though the site is surrounded by nine other houses, Secret Gardens has created a sense of sanctuary through landscaping that carefully conceals neighbouring buildings whilst offering verdant outlooks at every turn.

Cobden Terrace –
Matt Gibson Architecture + Design

Cobden Terrace sees a state-level heritage-listed home renovated with great respect for both the past and the clients’ tasteful art and design collection. Matt Gibson Architecture + Design adds a layer of sophistication over the home’s Victorian-era history by combining contemporary aesthetics with original crafted details.

Mossy Point House –
Edition Office

When Kim Bridgland, Co-Director of Edition Office, was asked by extended family to design a house in Mossy Point, a home that embodies the studio’s penchant for crafting buildings of graceful austerity unfolded, cultivated to foster a sense of clarity both internally and externally. Looking down over a topography of roofs, treetops, box gutters, back sheds and beyond to the endless expanse of the sea, Mossy Point House has emerged with a design language that overtly responds to aspect.

Glenmaurie Station –
Shaun Locker Architects

Glenmaurie Station lies on one of the largest parcels of privately owned land in Queensland’s Somerset region, about two hours north-west of Brisbane. As a reflection of the clients’ Danish and Australian heritage, Shaun Lockyer and Matthew Napper of Shaun Lockyer Architects interpret local and European sensibilities in both plan and experience, resulting in an architecture that feels as formidable as the landscape within which it exists.
Profiles Featured in this Issue

Baracco + Wright Architects

Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright’s reparative approach to architecture is grounded by two distinct lines of enquiry – one into spatial conditions and the other into landscape. Whilst continuing to develop, these parallel interests have guided Baracco + Wright Architect’s work for 20 years, allowing Mauro and Louise to engage with architecture, or “building culture” as they refer to it, in both its built and non-built form.

James Howe

“Encountering a piece of beautiful design can be a powerful thing,” says furniture designer James Howe. This sentiment stems from his own experience with design – the first time he laid eyes on a piece of Børge Mogensen furniture remains a career and life defining moment – yet his motivations and output as a designer run deeper than aesthetics. Though he is the first to admit that he is not methodical by nature, James is innately drawn to order and precision, using his vocation as a designer to craft the calm he craves into existence.

Jess Kneebone

In her work as an art director and stylist, Jess Kneebone tunes in to the wonder of the everyday. Much like the circuitous path that led to her chosen vocation, she draws on varied sources of inspiration to create scenes and spaces that are tactile and sentimental, quiet and composed slices of life. Born in Auckland and raised and based in Melbourne, creativity has always been a part of Jess’s world. “Apparently I didn’t sleep much as a kid,” she recalls, “always busy with a drawing or a story.


Since 2004, GlobeWest has consistently provided Australian designers with new collections of contemporary furniture and homewares from which to bring concepts to life. Drawing on years of experience of alignment with the local design industry, the company acutely discerns the needs of customers to regularly offer diverse collections that suit a range of design directions and aesthetics.

Studio Yugen

Studio Yugen specialises in creating highend residential interiors in south-east Queensland, including not only interior architecture but also furniture and styling. With far-reaching experience in both residential and commercial projects from Brisbane to Byron Bay, Studio Yugen has noticed a shift towards clients – many from interstate and overseas – seeking a bespoke approach.

The Botanical Group

Located on a tree lined avenue overlooking the Yarra River, this grand travertine-clad residence exudes classical style. Fulfilling the vision of landscape designer Jack Merlo, The Botanical Group has created an enticing sense of oasis, tucked away in central Melbourne.
Inside The Commercial Project

bassike Armadale by Akin Atelier

It’s not often that a retail experience feels familiar and overtly welcoming. bassike Armadale aims to change the traditional approach to a typology that tends towards the theatrical and unapproachable, with Akin Atelier expressing a warm, light-filled and Japanese-inspired philosophy throughout the space.

LESS by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Aligned to dimensional perfection, a cubic cluster of 36 concrete pillars soar into the sky of Dairy Road in Canberra. Meshing art with public space, LESS presents a composed and compelling sculptural profile that attracts exploration by a burgeoning community.

Kiln at Ace Hotel Sydney by Fiona Lynch Office

Towering 18 stories above vibrant Surry Hills, Ace Hotel Sydney has opened its new rooftop restaurant, Kiln. With a star-studded line-up of homegrown talent bringing this ambitious dining experience to life, Ace turned to acclaimed Melbourne-based studio Fiona Lynch Office as the design partner for the space, while the inventive Mitch Orr, of ACME and CicciaBella fame, leads the kitchen.

Haven Darling Quarter by MOYA & CO

The interiority of this boutique coffee shop in Sydney’s Darling Quarter is exactly as the name suggests, a haven. MOYA & CO – the studio behind the design of Haven’s Rosebery venue – has created a pared back space defined by tactile materials and neutral hues.

St Brigid Bar by FINESPUN

Multiple rooms, cosy seating and a sunken courtyard with outdoor fireplace – St Brigid Bar in Doubleview, Perth, has all the best bits of a neighbourhood bar and restaurant, and then some.

Nightingale Ballarat by Breathe

Located an hour-and-a-half west of Melbourne, Ballarat is the home of the first Nightingale building to be constructed outside of a major city. Designed by Breathe, the latest iteration channels the robust heritage architecture of this former gold-rush boomtown while – as with all Nightingale buildings – emphasising environmental sustainability and putting community at the centre.

Sakura by Bergman & Co.

On Melbourne’s busy Lonsdale Street, interior design studio Bergman & Co. offers an intimate patron experience at Sakura – an izakaya that opens a contemporary hand to traditional Japanese influences.

Brougham Place by Williams Burton Leopardi and PACT architects

Drawing on the history of the retained heritage home on the site as inspiration, Brougham Place is imbued with a sense of character unusual in a multi-residential context. With architecture by PACT Architects and development and construction by Hindmarsh, the interiors were crafted by Williams Burton Leopardi to delicately balance old and new.

Johnson Partners by YSG

Nefariously hidden away on the second level of the recently constructed Pavilion building on George Street, in the heart of Sydney’s financial district, is the new office of executive recruitment firm Johnson Partners. As an ode to the opulent lairs of Roger Moore-era Bond villains, YSG utilises robust materials and earthy tones to satirise the conventional high-rise office.
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