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Issue No. 12
June 2023
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Issue No. 12 features new work from Fearon Hay Architects, Partners Hill, Tribe Studio Architects, Warren and Mahoney, Room11, Kerstin Thompson Architects and more.

Featured on the cover, Off-Grid House by Anacapa Architecture represents our exciting foray into featuring projects from across North America. Thoughtfully designed, the residence is intended to elevate and merge with its verdant Californian surrounds. Issue No. 12 also includes profiles on Handelsmann + Khaw, Decus and Taylor Knights.

The Commercial Project and The Local Marketplace round out the Issue No. 12 trio. The Commercial Project features projects, profiles, products and discussion pieces. The Local Marketplace highlights the breadth and quality of local designers, artists, makers and distributors across Australia, New Zealand and North America.
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Inside this Issue

Off-Grid Residence –
Anacapa Architects

Designed as a summer house near the homeowners’ main residence, Off-Grid House is a sensitively designed dwelling that serves to elevate the ecology of the verdant California ranch it inhabits. Anacapa Architecture mitigates the impact of the build by bringing the home into equilibrium with the landscape.

Matagouri –
Fearon Hay

On New Zealand’s South Island, poised between the changeable expanse of Lake Wakatipu and the monumental rawness of the Remarkables (Kawarau) mountain range, is Matagouri, a residence by Fearon Hay Architects that draws from its striking natural setting, absorbing and counterbalancing it to cultivate deep sanctuary. Mediating between breathtaking alpine outlooks and an atmosphere of rich domesticity, Matagouri finds its identity through elemental materiality and meticulous craftsmanship. A duality between the brutal beauty of its location and the pragmatics of crafting a resolved and innovative home have informed a place that harbours a poignant sense of living within the landscape.

Daylesford Longhouse –
Partners Hill

As a farm, household, cooking school, event site and guesthouse built on the unceded lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung people of the Kulin nation, the verdant gardens and varied program contained within Daylesford Longhouse’s diaphanous yet resilient super structure is driven by protective manoeuvres, deductive reasoning and disciplinary knowledge. The project exists at the intersection of a series of systematic processes, each rigorously pushed to breaking point in order to produce a scheme that is somehow both unflinchingly direct and enigmatically exuberant.

Bronte House –
Tribe Studio Architects

Within Sydney’s gentrified beachside suburb of Bronte, cluttered by renovations and rebuilds, Tribe Studio Architects suggests a restoratively elemental approach to coastal living. Bronte House is built on a steep former quarry site for a multigenerational family of five; the home’s raw, monolithic presence gives the illusion of having been carved from a single block of sandstone by sun, wind and time. It is in this robustness and gentle feeling of erosion, which takes its cues from the dramatic surrounding cliffs, that a sense of design resolution arises – singular within the otherwise disparate and heterogenous suburb. Bronte House is urban coastal living recalibrated and re-crafted to foster elevated connections within and around the home.

Flockhill Estate –
Warren and Mahoney

Set in the picturesque landscape that has been used as a location for the film adaptation of C. S. Lewis’s fantasy novel The Chronicles of Narnia, Flockhill Homestead by Warren and Mahoney provides both retreat from and immersion in the surrounding alpine elements. The homestead, situated near Arthur’s Pass on the South Island of New Zealand, is a grand architectural reference to the site’s rich agricultural past.

Koonya –
Room11

Every so often, architecture takes a small departure from itself and sidles a little closer to the realm of art, leveraging a creative freedom to disrupt the algorithm and make space for influences of a different, deeper, more intuitive kind. Koonya by Room11, located in south-west Tasmania, is one such example. A triptych project – three interrelated yet singular built entities, part residential architecture, part art form – has emerged through the serendipitous meeting of likeminded people, the establishment of a dialogue between landscape and built form and a healthy dose of risk taking.

Erskine River House –
Kerstin Thompson Architects

In Jun’ichirō Tanizaki’s 1933 essay In Praise of Shadows, the Japanese author wrote that “in making for ourselves a place to live, we first spread a parasol to throw a shadow on the earth, and in the pale light of the shadow we put together a house.” Not only has this essay been a key longstanding reference for Kerstin Thompson Architects but this line encompasses Kerstin’s approach to designing Erskine River House for photographer Sharyn Cairns – a fellow admirer of Tanizaki’s work – near Victoria’s coastal township of Lorne.

Dilkera –
Shaun Lockyer Architects

Seven-and-a-half years in the making, Dilkera by Shaun Lockyer Architects has emerged to tell the story of Australian architecture’s evolution. Conceived at a time when touching the earth lightly was still very much a favoured approach, Dilkera embraced an emerging preference for solidity, which anchors it to its location on the banks of the Brisbane River with an abiding sense of permanence.

M House –
Rama Architects

Sitting at the edge of an endangered spotted gum forest in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, M House by Rama Architects is informed by Brazilian modernist design ideals in both form and function. The home balances an expressive brutalist quality with a welcome porosity, which is tempered for privacy through a deliberate bridging of landscape and structure.

Highlands House –
Luke Moloney Architects

Highlands House, a generous residence by Luke Maloney Architecture, sits in the glorious Southern Highlands of New South Wales. Embodying a split footprint that merges contemporary and agrarian references, it at once frames and softens into the rolling hills of its surrounding countryside, offering a place of contemplation and connection for its inhabitants.

Clifftop House –
Bossley Architects

Expressing a grounded connection to its site, Clifftop House challenges the typical material composition and expression of New Zealand architecture and focuses on a more solid, robust approach. As a result, Bossley Architects uncovers a warmth within the predominantly masonry structure, embedding familiar layers into a home for an equally layered multigenerational household.

Wheatland House –
Tom Robertson Architects

In a quiet tree-lined street in Melbourne’s inner south-east sits a warm and light-filled family home. Wheatland House sees Tom Robertson Architects renovate an Edwardian-era house that harmoniously blends old and new, the original heritage structure lovingly restored and a new addition built to create a beautiful and functional family abode.

Northbridge –
Tobias Partners

Intimately inserted among a curated series of lush subtropical gardens, Northbridge challenges the traditional scale and connection to context of a typical pied-à-terre, carving its own template. Tobias Partners forms moments of controlled expansion and contraction, motioning movement through voluminous spaces to sculpt a home that is ultimately grounded in family, togetherness and life in Australia.

Arca.House –
Hogg + Lamb

Nestled between headlands in a coastal subdivision south of Byron Bay, arca.house by Hogg & Lamb responds to the natural context of its surroundings. Designed within the Greenfield Housing Code, the new home speaks to its subtropical setting by emphasising outdoor living spaces to allow a private sanctuary for the family who reside there.

Ramirez Residence –
Judith Sheine & Norman Miller

On a dramatic stretch of northern Californian coastline, two modest structures perch very near a cliff’s edge, claiming ownership of expansive views across the Pacific Ocean. As a collaboration between architects Judith Sheine and Norman Millar, Ramirez Residence presents a contemporary coastal retreat caught between land, sea and sky, celebratory of the landscape and sympathetic to its context.

Parkville House –
Placement

Parkville House is a handsome two-storey Victorian terrace in Melbourne’s sleepy cityfringe suburb of the same name. Sandwiched between neighbouring dwellings of similar typologies and eras, its street presence is strong, yet its internal layout and finishes required work to meet the clients’ preferences and patterns of living. As such, Placement has assessed this home on its existing merits, delivering a light heritage refurbishment that offers openness and intimacy in pleasing and equal measure.

Studio Elroy –
LINTEL

Tucked into the lower-ground floor of a home in Manly, a beachside suburb of Sydney, Studio Elroy is a hidden gem and a testament to the creativity born out of limitation. Within a mere 26 square metres, LINTEL Studio for Architecture presents a delightful new possibility for a traditionally utilitarian space, marrying an intelligent floor plan with an experimental colour palette. The result is an ode to inspired living, on any scale.

Outbuilding with Deep Garden –
Baracco & Wright

Near inner Melbourne’s Edinburgh Gardens in Fitzroy North, a 1980s concrete block house designed by Ross Perrett sits along a quiet street. Though noteworthy, it is not the sole architectural story on the site, which also includes a recently completed glass block structure in the back garden. Designed by Baracco+Wright Architects, the two-storey outbuilding exists in strong dialogue with the original house, creating an entirely new spatial narrative for this place through simple geometry and sightlines.

William Tappin House –
Matt Gibson Architects

Revitalised by the thoughtful touch of Matt Gibson Architecture + Design, William Tappin House depicts the sensitive layering of a historical footprint with contemporary innovation. Dynamic in its present form, the home inherits individuality from its original heritage architecture that has been fortified by meticulous restoration and a striking new addition.

Solid Air –
Anna.Carin Design Studio

One summer’s morning, interior designer Anna-Carin McNamara was sitting at the dining table in her Elizabeth Bay apartment with the windows open when a lorikeet flew over, perched on the sill beside her and stayed a while. This anecdote is deeply emblematic of the underlying philosophy of the project, which was, as Anna-Carin explains, to “open it up – to my neighbours, to my family, to my friends and to the light.” The result is that this once dark and cramped art deco apartment is now defined by openness and serenity, grounded by an adept understanding of scale and the nuances of colour.
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Profiles Featured in this Issue

Cj Hendry

Cj Hendry is a New York-based artist from Brisbane, Australia. Originally a student of architecture at the Queensland University of Technology and also finance at the University of Queensland, she dropped out to pursue an art career in 2013 and relocated to New York in 2015.

Tom Fereday

Fascinated by the tension that lies between natural materials and contemporary design and manufacturing, Tom has developed unique designs that originated from an intrinsic inquiry into the role of objects today. Cor arose from the combination of Tom’s ethos and Agglomerati’s dedication to bringing fresh, new perspectives to a timehonoured material.

Articolo

Australian designer Articolo Studios draws from European design influences and explores the ephemeral nature of light through a local sensibility, adopting an authentic and playful approach to craft and materiality.

Hayden Cox

Hayden Cox is a multi-disciplinary Australian designer who experiments with medium, materiality and collaborative design. Through his work, he aims to blur the lines between design and function and is regularly pushing the boundaries of materiality in contemporary construction.

Henry Wilson

Henry Wilson is a designer of furniture, lighting, accessories and components in metal, stone and glass. His work prioritises form and function, and he favours the beauty that comes from objects made by hand.

Fearon

Founded in 2019, Fearon is a design and fabrication company based in Australia that developed from the creative minds of the brothers Jack and Mark Fearon. With a passion for handcrafting functional aluminium objects, their work began with seating concepts and continues expanding to include other practical and playful furniture pieces.

Made by Morgen

Made by Morgen’s Crafted Collection is a new range of bespoke furniture that exudes elegance, quality and craftsmanship. It includes a variety of pieces such as beds, tables, seating and storage that highlight the simplicity and sophistication of Scandinavian design. This is the second collection from Made by Morgen, following the success of the first range launched in 2017.

Studio Enti

Producing handmade ceramic lighting, tableware and home décor through her design practice, Studio Enti, Naomi Taplin leaves her mark on every product she crafts. Each porcelain piece is designed and made by hand in Sydney, Australia, using the underlying principles of design longevity, sustainability and a deep respect for the materials and processes from which they are created. Crossing the boundary between function and sculptural form, Naomi delivers pieces that interact, transform and elevate spaces, taking on a life of their own to enhance the ambience of the everyday.

Handelsmann + Khaw

Expressive refinement permeates Tania Handelsmann and Gillian Khaw’s shared design dialogue. Together, the pair have forged Handelsmann + Khaw, a Sydney-based interior design studio that imparts stately elegance by virtue of its founders’ tempered yet whimsical approach.

Taylor Knights

Drawn together through the shared experience of their rural upbringings, Taylor Knights Co-Founders James Taylor and Peter Knights’s similar interests and values converge to form a unified creative studio. With an approach to architecture grounded in a tangible connection to place, Taylor Knights creates beautiful, highly sensitive residential and commercial architecture that eloquently converses with the land.

Richards Stanisich

Based in Sydney’s vibrant Surry Hills, Richards Stanisich is the charismatic confluence of its founders’ passion for authentically welcoming design and an immersive methodology. For individually celebrated Directors Jonathan Richards and Kirsten Stanisich, a shared work history and dedication to the craft led to a natural alignment, bearing out a connected identity with then formation of the pair’s own interior design and architecture practice.
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Inside The Commercial Project

The Pavilion Virtual Showroom by Ross Gardam

Melbourne-based designer Ross Gardam has devised a platform to allow his eponymous studio’s new collection of furniture and lighting products to be explored a little differently. Inspired by the landscape and flora of Victoria, The Pavilion bridges physical and digital worlds, existing as a virtual space to showcase the studio’s expanding portfolio of furniture and lighting. Executed in collaboration with digital agency MR.P, The Pavilion is an inspiring project that enables visitors to view a range of avant-garde lighting and furniture in a virtual setting that fosters emotional connection between people, place and objects.

LA Downtown by Kely Wearstler

The rejuvenation focuses on blending the past with the present by merging the building’s colourful history with thoughtful design choices. The Kor Group partnered with Los Angeles-based architecture firm Omgivning to both maintain and restore elements within the landmark property. The period detailing and brick façade are preserved, and various suites integrate a former basketball court and indoor swimming pool from the building’s sporting club past.

Future House by Fearon Hay

This heritage building in Auckland’s city fringe has undergone a sensitive renovation by Fearon Hay Architects to deliver a hub of research and development spaces for tech and innovation companies, all within an energy efficient, technologically equipped environment.

Nightingale Village by Nightingale Housing

Nightingale Village in Melbourne’s inner-north is the first realisation of Nightingale’s triple bottom line approach to housing applied at a precinct-level scale. Comprising 203 homes across six multi-residential buildings, the Village is grounded in Nightingale’s longstanding principles surrounding social, environmental and economic sustainability. Deeply embedded in an appreciation for how design can not only foster but actively trigger authentic communities, Nightingale Village is a compelling archetype for the future of medium-density development in Australia.

Hyatt Centric by Hecker Guthrie

Having made Melbourne their home for many years, both Hecker Guthrie and Architectus have helped shaped the city, its homes, retail spaces, hospitality, and commercial scenes, and now bring that experience into the hotel sector. As part of a breakaway series by the Hyatt group, Hyatt Centric offers guests the chance to stay within a more localised experience, crafted through the eyes of those that know the city best.

The Imperial by Welsh + Major

Alongside a bounty of heritage features, The Imperial showcases a new two-storey addition courtesy of Welsh + Major. Positioned between the Illawarra Escarpment and the coast, the hospitality venue has had a pro-found architectural impact, setting into motion the process of revitalising other local buildings.

Mimco by Studio Doherty

Studio Doherty has designed the new Mimco retail space in Chadstone Shopping Centre and, in doing so, conjured a mood that is at once soft and strong, extra and elegant. There is something about this juxtaposition that seems to perfectly capture a way of expressing contemporary femininity, particularly within commerce. Dubbed ‘The Fashion Capital’, Chadstone Shopping Centre is a leading Australian shopping destination with a high-end feel, making it the perfect place to herald a new era for iconic accessories brand Mimco.

ANZ Gallery by Foolscap Studio

Level 10 of ANZ Docklands in Melbourne seems an unlikely place for an art gallery. And yet the ANZ Centre Gallery by Foolscap Studio defies expectations and delights all who enter. The gallery serves as a place to display the company’s art collection and a site for cultural events and experiences. Perhaps most innovatively though, it aims to transport visitors, the ANZ team and clients away from the workplace.

Sheeth HQ by Studio Prineas

Sheeth HQ is a fitting embodiment of boutique building company Sheeth. Designed by Studio Prineas, it combines raw architecture with refined interior detailing while proposing a lively spatial flow that helps to establish a dynamic work environment. With a strong history of collaboration between Studio Prineas and Sheeth, Sheeth HQ represents the latest in a series of projects.

McKinnon Rd by Ritz & Ghougassian

Nestled at the bustling intersection of two suburban streets in Melbourne's south east, Ritz&Ghougassian’s McKinnon building has a commanding formal composition. In this somewhat ordinary context, Ritz&Ghougassian has made a distinctive visual statement. Accommodating 41 apartments over five levels, the building showcases a formal harmony that serves as a model for modern suburban housing.

Venroy Byron Bay by Sarah l’Anson x Artedomus

Located in Byron Bay’s Jonson Lane precinct, Venroy’s seventh store is a culmination of beautifully balanced design ideals. Created in collaboration with the cult Australian leisurewear label’s in-house architect, Sarah l’Anson, and boutique shopfitter EMAC Constructions – which offset the project’s construction resulting in a carbon neutral fit-out – the space exudes the calm of a bathhouse and the patina of an Italian piazza.

Deiji Studios by Pattern Studio

The new Deiji Studios Flagship store in Byron Bay's Jonson Lane precinct is a seamless extension of the label. Designed by local firm Pattern Studio in collaboration with Deiji Directors Emma Nel-son and Juliette Harkness, the boutique gently eschews typical re-tail conventions, making way for an experience that asks visitors to adopt the same slowness and ease as the label’s luxurious loungewear, sleepwear and linen.
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