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Issue No. 13
November 2023
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Issue No. 13 features new work from Peter Stutchbury Architecture, Olson Kundig, Faulkner Architects, B.E. Architecture, Polly Harbison Design, Madeleine Blanchfield Architects, Tobias Partners and more.

Featured on the cover, Mawhiti by Stevens Lawson Architects is a sculptural masterpiece unfolding across an oceanfront clifftop on New Zealand’s Waiheke Island. It is presented in a theatre of colour and shadow and deftly represents its context and quality of craft. Issue No. 13 also includes profiles on Kennedy Nolan, Folk Studio and Archier.

The Commercial Project and The Local Marketplace round out the Issue No. 13 trio. The Commercial Project features projects, profiles, products and discussion pieces. Newly expanded, The Local Marketplace then 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

Mawhiti –
Stevens Lawson Architects

Generously unfolding across an oceanfront clifftop on New Zealand’s Waiheke Island, Mawhiti presents a sculptural masterpiece of context and craft. Designed by Stevens Lawson Architects and reciprocating the remarkable angularity of its neighbouring inspiration – the Gateway Pavilion, also designed by Stevens Lawson – the residence is powerful in character yet sensitive to the land it inhabits.

Analog House –
Olson Kundig and Faulkner Architects

Nestled in California’s Martis Valley, within striking distance of Lake Tahoe, is an elemental dwelling perched around 1,800 metres above sea level. Jointly designed by Olson Kundig and Faulkner Architects, Analog House – situated in the mountain town of Truckee – metamorphoses throughout the year to echo its alpine surroundings

Trilogy House by –
Peter Stutchbury Architecture

Along a steep slope on a compact subdivided lot in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Trilogy House squeezes between trees and neighbours to capture views of the bay and its surroundings. It is a modest house for its context, but one with a significant architectural lineage. Peter Stutchbury Architecture sensitively negotiates geography, building and history to add the next cascade down the slope – and the next chapter to the trilogy story.

Shakespeare Grove Residence –
B.E. Architecture

Shakespeare Grove Residence weaves itself sensitively among historic heritage homes in Hawthorn, Melbourne, as a contemporary architectural offering in a richly storied precinct. Deliberately proportioning the building to lessen its visual impact, B.E. Architecture pays homage to the existing architectural typologies already in place, forging a unique sense of identity that will continue with enduring relevance.

Castlecrag Courtyard –
Downie North

Inspired by the nearby waterways and bushland, Downie North creates a home that not only exists in conversation with the surrounding landscape but also provides a sense of retreat. Defined by a gradual reveal of interior spaces, Castlecrag Courtyard eloquently encapsulates slow living.

Paperbark Bondi –
Madeleine Blanchfield Architects

Located on a prominent corner in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, Paperbark Bondi by Madeleine Blanchfield Architects is an elegant and welcoming family home. Taking its name from the trees lining the street and visual cues from the existing bungalow’s heritage, the architecture deciphers a blend of humility and conviction that feels just as relevant to the Madeleine Blanchfield Architects portfolio as it does to the clients’ lifestyle and the home’s immediate context.

Orange Spring House –
Studio Esteta

Surrounded by long grass and natural rock forms, Studio Esteta’s Orange Spring House in New South Wales mimics the hillside upon which it sits. Though the geometry of the modernist-inspired structure contradicts the organic shapes at its edges, the earthy rendered finish reflects the hues of the environment, grounding this family home within its context and creating a rhythmic rapport between built form and nature.

White Rock –
Omar Gandhi

White Rock is a Corten steel-clad cubic structure perched on a hillside in the Gaspereau Valley, an agricultural community in Nova Scotia, Canada. Designed by architect Omar Gandhi as a retreat for himself, a close friend and their respective families and wider circle of friends and colleagues, it is a deeply personal project that adds a dynamic layer to his studio’s well-honed portfolio.

Terra Firma House –
Robson Rak

A place where design, materials and nature work eloquently together, Terra Firma House is calm and tranquil, offering an oasis from its inner-city context. As its name –meaning ‘on solid ground’ – suggests, the home provides a grounding experience for all who enter its walls and a refuge where the inhabitants can reconnect with both nature and self. Robson Rak oversaw the entirely new build on a sought-after block nestled in the inner-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. The original residence was a mock Victorian-style house that was demolished, gifting architect Kathryn Robson and interior designer Chris Rak with a blank canvas to craft a new home with the technology and comfort of a contemporary building.

Treetop House –
Tobias Partners

Treetop House finds meaning and inspiration in its inhabitants’ varied tastes and shared memories, with the bold, modern architectural form housing a significant collection of artefacts, antiques and artwork, reflecting a lifetime of travel and interest in the arts. Situated in Sydney’s eastern suburbs on Birrabirragal and Gadigal Country, the home also captures the natural beauty of the site, with the foliage of the surrounding trees a constant presence.

Red Crest House –
Dion Keech Architects, Loopea Design Studio and Simone Haag

Red Crest House entwines the warm nostalgia and clean composition of the midcentury modern architectural style with the colourways and textures of its antipodean landscape. Coaxing into its design narrative the natural ancient beauty of the Dandenong Ranges, which cradle the home in their gentle embrace, the project is the realisation of a unified collaboration between Dion Keech Architects, Loopea Design Studio and Simone Haag.

Deans Marsh House –

Thoughtfully conceived in relation to its context, Deans Marsh House by Tecture is grounded in a tangible sense of anticipation. Located in regional Victoria and accessed via a winding driveway, the push-pull of momentum and repose is evident in the arrival sequence as well as in the experience of the dwelling itself, resulting in a home that Tecture Director Ben Robertson dubs “quietly surprising”.

Alma Road Residence –

In a richly considered combination of heritage preservation and contemporary interpretation, Alma Road Residence emerges as a blending of eras and contrasting elements expressed in a sensory immersion that engages the entire site. studiofour unveils the deeply emotive elegance of the original period home and binds its delicacy with a balancing of lightness through the addition of a floating glass pavilion.

Redfern House –
Anthony Gill Architects

Tucked between the terraced townhouses of an inner Sydney suburb, Redfern House by Anthony Gill Architects is a carefully considered study on living within a garden. As a refurbishment of an existing house for a landscape architect, and by way of a collaborative and iterative design process, the family home is a collection of spaces anchored around the dense and lively planting of a luscious gardenscape.

Garden House –
Zen Architects

An inspiring renovation of an existing housing estate – Mount Eagle Estate – has since retained its relevance to influence a recent renovation by Zen Architects of one of the estate’s original homes, Garden House. Zen Architects enhances the existing natural landscape and ties the garden back into the home.

The Gatehouse –
Patterson Associates Architects and Sonja Hawkins Design

Arrowtown in New Zealand’s South Island offers a landscape as captivating as the region’s aptly named mountain range – The Remarkables – suggests. Set within the undulating terrain and with views to Coronet Peak and Millbrook Resort is The Gatehouse – a dynamic residence by architecture firm Patterson Associates Architects with interiors by Sonja Hawkins Design that rises to the exemplary topography whilst being sympathetic to the surrounding rural fabric.

Quarry Hill House –
Chelsea Hing

Quarry Hill House is a contemporary family home in the regional Victorian city of Bendigo. Featuring an extensive interior fit-out by Chelsea Hing, this project demonstrates the studio’s ability to enhance the ideas embedded in the existing architecture by reimagining spatial sequences and introducing a palpable sense of energy inspired by the client’s lifestyle.

Concrete Curtain –
FGR Architects

An incongruity exists between concrete’s inherent properties and its ability to convey lightness and ethereality. Concrete Curtain – a family home in Toorak, a leafy suburb in Melbourne’s east, by FGR Architects – explores this intriguing dichotomy through a series of concrete columns that snake across its façade like as played accordion. Conceived to provide porosity and protection for its inhabitants, this curtain-like structure scrutinises concrete’s abilities, illustrating its dynamism in both form and function.

Panorama –
Edwards White Architects

Perched on a small peninsula overlooking Maramaratotara and Mercury Bay on the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand, Panorama captures the spirit of refined coastal living, outwardly connecting to its stunning natural surroundings. Edwards White Architects explores the delicate relationship between nature and architecture, carefully weaving the formal response to the site by burrowing it into the terrain with both above-ground and submerged gestures.

Macmasters Beach House –
Polly Harbison Design

A jewel of the New South Wales coastline, Macmasters Beach is a landscape defined by its natural vegetation and pristine seascape, deeply cared for by its local community. Here, Polly Harbison Design was tasked with creating a family retreat to function with a utilitarian efficiency without compromising the beauty of the coastal environment. Macmasters Beach House culminates in a celebration of the landscape with a gentle touch on the earth and the essence of what it means to live alongside the ocean.

Arcadia Road –
Plus Minus Design

Arcadia Road is situated in Sydney’s inner suburbs, three kilometres from the city centre, along a tree-lined street at the edge of a rocky cliff. It is a house with many idiosyncrasies, both original and new. With care and precision, Plus Minus Design delicately negotiates history and reality to reshape the home and extend its story.

Quarry House –
Winwood Mckenzie

Located near the edge of Northcote’s All Nations Park, a former quarry and brickworks on Wurundjeri Country in Melbourne’s inner north, Winwood Mckenzie’s Quarry House finds opportunity within heritage conditions to intensify connections to place, community and the joys of everyday life. Designed as a continuity of spaces that can adapt to the requirements of the clients’ young family, the renovation work responds to both the need for enduring functionality and the timeless potential of honest, elemental material selections. By prioritising uncomplicated detailing and tastefully restrained built features, the home becomes a representation of inner urban living that can elevate domestic and family experience.

Zed House –
RTA Studio

An art-filled home grounded in ideals of permanence and resilience, Zed House signifies the prospect of rebuilding through an examination of the past and planning ahead for the future. The expansive, single-storey, red-brick home references the original residence that was destroyed in the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, and is injected with art, nostalgia and childhood memories.
Profiles Featured in this Issue

Folk Studio

Since its launch in 2018, Folk Studio has made a gentle yet notable mark and laid firm foundations for an enduring interior design practice. Based on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, the studio’s rapidly expanding portfolio encompasses residential and commercial projects along with inclusive brand extensions and experiences, all shaped with the end users’ wellbeing in mind. “Having a well-designed space that makes you feel good will enhance your day-to-day. I’ve known that for so long, and it will always drive me,” says Mariah Burton, Co-Founder and Co-Director, who established the studio with Chris Polain.

Dion Horstmans

Driven by a seemingly limitless creative energy, Dion Horstmans is an artist whose practice explores and redefines the boundaries of sculpture through experimentation with form and shadow. Born in New Zealand, having spent his early childhood in the Cook Islands and now based Sydney's Bondi- where he undertakes private, commercial and public commissions- his life and work are testament to the power of single-mindedly pursuing an artistic vision.

Kennedy Nolan

It is difficult to imagine Australia’s contemporary architectural landscape without Kennedy Nolan’s input. Since founding the practice in 1999, Directors Patrick Kennedy and Rachel Nolan seem to have deciphered the often-unattainable elements required to produce meaningful continued work within the broader context of architecture. As well as this, their rapport – which is best described by the level of ease, honesty and wit developed from a decades-long friendship – is a dependable centre point, resulting in work that is invariably layered and rich in significance.

Foolscap Studio

Foolscap Studio is a genuine champion of the Australian design industry. Established in 2009 by Adele Winteridge in Melbourne, the cross-disciplinary design practice works on projects ranging from retail and food experiences to workplaces and macro precinct strategies. With offices now in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, Foolscap Studio fosters a strong sense of community within the industry and society at large.

Olive Gill-Hille

Olive Gill-Hille is a multidisciplinary artist and designer interested in the utility and symbolism of furniture that bridges the divide between the functional and aesthetic. Taking an abstract approach to functional objects, she creates experimental pieces from timber that echo forms from the natural environment and represent narratives of the human body.

Luchetti Krelle

Ambitious yet highly pragmatic, Sydney-based architecture and interior design studio Luchetti Krelle is stylistically untethered. This approach informs the designers's focus- hospitality design - with their flexible spirit beautifully evoking atmospheric narratives through unique and compelling sensory journeys.
Inside The Commercial Project

Light Years by Studio Plenty and SARAH ELLISON

Sumptuously revamped and outfitted by Studio Plenty in collaboration with SARAH ELLISON, Light Years Asian Bar and Diner presents a tantalising den of tone and tactility. Thriving under hushed lighting, the resulting space is a dilation and complete refresh of its former self, maintaining Light Years's signature glee while ripening to take on a distinctly sophisticated flavour.

Capella Sydney by BAR Studio and Make Architects

Capella Sydney has undergone a tailored reawakening to unveil a world-class hotel within the building’s heritage envelope. Deftly blending the finest elements of both traditional and contemporary design, the hotel layers enduring period architecture with a fresh identity designed by Make Architects and interiors curated by BAR Studio. Stepping inside, it is immediately clear that the building’s legacy has been lovingly treasured, manifesting in an anatomy of poetic prestige.

Asling by Finnis

Unlike many commercially driven developments, Aisling is envisioned to offer a legacy for both the inhabitants and the surrounding area. Finnis utilises a rich and textural palette of finishes to create a crisp and clearly defined form that references a classical grandeur and generous scale yet also feels considerately modest.

Music Room by Dion Hall

Offering an unparalleled immersive sound experience, Music Room is a bar for the modern audiophile. Dion Hall thoughtfully reworks the idea of a 'speaker box' to create a venue whereby the room itself is an instrument.

Camilla and Marc by Akin Atelier

Reflecting a timeless and refined legacy, Camilla and Marc's new home in Melbourne's Chadstone Shopping Centre is a destination store. In a world where online retail is fundamentally changing the way people shop, Akin Atelier has shown that a physical space can become a valuable embodiment of a brand's ethos and aesthetic, drawing customers in and and creating a far deeper engagement than any online experience can provide.

Darebin Intercultural Centre by Sibling Architecture

In the city of Darebin, in Melbourne's north, a new beacon of unity and understanding has emerged. The Darebin Intercultural Centre, sitting within the ground floor of the historic Darebin Civic Centre, stands as a testament to the power of design in fostering intercultural relations and promoting meaningful connections between its diverse community members.

Dyason by Pandolfini

Holistically considered, Dyason is set to grace East Melbourne's Jolimont Road with the development of six stately residences blossoming from the preservation of a heritage facade. The meshing of past and present is to be sensitively affected by Pandolfini Architects, with Dyason's potent tower form framing and complementing the original Victorian-era terrace house that anchors and informs its architecture.

Kōri Ice Cream by Architects EAT

Scooped into a narrow two-level heritage façade on the bustling Glenferrie Road precinct of inner Melbourne, Architects EAT has blended contemporary minimalism and loud Japanese hyperpop into a delight for the senses. This pint-sized ice creamery has become an instant smash-hit in Melbourne’s crowded dessert scene, pushing the boundaries of flavour and aesthetics with its Nipponophile menu and bold design.

Upland Farm by LAHaus

Surrounded by the rolling hills and lush greenery of 43 hectares of working cattle farmland in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia, Upland Farm consists of four lusciously comfortable cabins created to allow holiday-makers to soak up the quiet with a rural outlook all to themselves.
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