Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Project: Wentworth House
Architects: MHN Design Union
Location: Sydney, Australia
Photographs by: Richard Glover

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Wentworth House by MHN Design Union

MHN Design Union is an Australian studio based in Sydney and who have gained some recognition for one of their projects called the Wentworth House. It is located in Vaucluse, a suburb of Sydney, Australia whose design brief was to provide a large home that will blend into its surroundings.

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

The site is located on the southern ridges of Sydney Harbour at the crest of a gully which feeds into Vaucluse Bay. It is heavily wooded with mature eucalypt and palm trees dotted around the site. The site is characterised by a series of sandstone rock shelfs which occur at various heights as you descend down from the street level.

The design brief was to provide a family home which provided generous amenity yet sat quietly within the landscape. Our intent was to capture the story of the site through the design of the house. From the outset we wanted to merge the house and land in a seamless way. Our response was to create a series of planar elements in both plan and section to define the spaces which interlock and extend into the landscape. Overlaying this idea is the linking stair which threads through the levels twisting and turning like a piece of rope. The blade walls are parallel and orientate to the north east with the ends open or glazed thus providing transparency and openness to light, ventilation and harbour views.

In section, the multiple floor levels are treated like cascading platforms and echo the existing rock shelf. These platforms serve to lower you through the house similar to an initial discovery of the site. The stair is central to this experience with the primary spaces extending from it like eddies from a stream. These spaces are quiet and reposed yet maintain their visual connection to the circulation spine. The swimming pool extends the living space and sits high above the ground almost touching the tree canopy.

Emphasising the experiential sequence is a sense of materiality and texture with off form concrete, recycled Ironbark, Burnt Ash and Basaltina stone forming the primary palette. The sense of touch is heightened with the warmth of the native timbers complementing the smooth finishes of the concrete walls and stone floors.

MHN Design Union

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

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Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

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Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Project: Courtyard House
Architects: Lifespaces Group, Auhaus Architecture
Interior Stylist: Heather Nette King
Location: Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia
Year: 2017 
Photographs by: Mike Baker

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Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group

Located in Barwon Heads, Victoria (Australia), the Courtyard House is part of the ‘Auhaus Release’ built by the LifeSpaces Group.

Hidden behind the soaring private entrance, is a modern four-bedroom home designed for relaxed living and outdoor entertaining.  The Courtyard House brings a sophisticated combination of modern living intertwined with texture, warmth, raw simplicity, and earthy luxuriance.

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Crafted out of the finest quality bluestone and natural hardwood, these honest, earth-drawn materials and textures create an impression of harmony between the house and nature itself. Horizontal bluestone slabs and vertical hardwood is combined with perfection; a reflection of design poise coupled with breath-taking craftsmanship. Aesthetic appeal is complimented by the durability of the materials, which are designed to withstand the adverse conditions the Australian coast has to offer.

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

The arrangement of the living spaces around a large, open courtyard helps bring the natural world into the heart of the domestic realm. Drawing natural light and breezes into the house, the courtyard accentuates the lofty ceilings and the endless space that is central to its design. The semi-enclosed courtyard functions as an outdoor room onto which all internal areas flow; perfect for summer entertaining, or simply relaxing beneath the open sky.

The modern matte black kitchen, accented with brass fittings and oak timber flooring make a stylish statement to the heart of the home.

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

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The Courtyard House caters for both work and relaxation; featuring a study space and designated reading nook with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. The two living rooms foster interaction and family time and can be used to entertain the kids or bring the family together at the end of a busy day.

The challenge of finding enough storage space within a burgeoning family home is also addressed with extensive storage and joinery throughout, coupled beautifully with American Oak shelving and accents.

All Furniture is sourced from Mezai Furniture.

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

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Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Project: Brighton Townhouses
Architects: Martin Friedrich Architects
Location: Brighton, Victoria, Australia
Area: 5,586 sqft
Photographs by: Derek Swalwell

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Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects

The Brighton Townhouses are a project completed by Martin Friedrich Architects in the city of Brighton in Victoria, Australia. Their designs rely on the contemporary home design principles enabling the dwellings to feature spacious living and dining rooms that can extend their area into the courtyards and wrap around pools through sliding doors. Each of the houses spans through three floors, with a spiral staircase to connect them. The interior is blessed with natural light through a large circular skylight.

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

The Brighton townhouses address the strong desire to live comfortably, maximizing area on a more compact site. Gone are the days of abundant grounds. Inner Melbourne markets require maximization of the built area and the creation of smaller outdoor spaces that work efficiently, even in some of the more prosperous suburbs. Two large, three-story townhouses including basement each sit comfortably on the site where a single dilapidated house was originally located.

The minimalist contemporary design provides a seamless indoor-outdoor living space with a large fully glazed kitchen/dining/living room opening on the side and rear via full-width sliding doors to the entertainer’s courtyards and glass-tiled pool. The pool wraps around the main indoor-outdoor living areas.

The glazed entry enclosure aligned to view the pool beyond opens onto the sculptural circular staircase, which transcends all three levels, providing pivotal drama to the entrance of the property. The cylindrical form that houses the stairs projects out of the building on the side, finishing this double-height space from the ground with a large circular skylight above that floods the space in natural light.

The design explores a minimalist pallet of materials finished in pure white render. Matching, white metal louvers on the front and rear provide privacy from the neighboring townhouse and break up the simple shapes of stacked cantilevered cuboidal forms. The dark-colored finishes of the otta-colored oak wood flooring, Pietro Grigio marble, and gray mink-colored carpet contrast with the white walls and add warmth and richness. The pure white house is further accentuated by the vivid colors of the artwork.

On the first floor, three generously sized bedrooms enjoy access to private en-suites, walk-in-robes, and balconies. These are connected via a gallery walkway with a continuous skylight running along the length that has been broken up into eight glazed sections with gimbaled lights projecting on paintings below.

The basement houses cinema, cellar, gymnasium, and a five-car garage with turntable.

Martin Friedrich Architects

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

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Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

Brighton Townhouses by Martin Friedrich Architects in Victoria, Australia

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Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne, Australia

Project: Cloud House
Architects: McBride Charles Ryan
Location: Fitzroy North, Melbourne, Australia
Area: 753 sqft
Photographs by: Courtesy of McBride Charles Ryan

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Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan

The Cloud House in Melbourne’s Fitzroy North suburb is nothing more than a historical home typical of the city. This holds true only if you look at it from the street side. On the other side, there is nothing that is typical, nor historical.
McBride Charles Ryan has made sure that this home is as unique as it gets both in regards to its interior and exterior. It flows into three distinct parts. The first of it is the street side rectangular front. On the other side of it is a cloud shaped structure that gives the name to this house and in between these two parts is a bright red area which is the center of the home.

Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne, Australia

The Cloud House is an addition and renovation to a double-fronted Edwardian house in Fitzroy North. Over the course of close to a century, this house has received several additions and modifications.

McBride Charles Ryan’s work for the house is designed in three parts. This allows for a sequence of distinct and unexpected episodes, with glimpses previewing oncoming spaces and experiences as you move through the home.

The street facade has been left to demonstrate the clients’ respect for the evolution of the character of the area and the modest street alteration belies the extent of the comprehensive internal renovation work. The spaces within the original structure are largely white in colour, united by exotic floral hallway carpet. This journey through the space is followed by encountering a disintegrated red-coloured ‘box’. This is the kitchen, at the heart of the property, which acts as a bridge linking the major spaces. A cloud-shaped extrusion is the unexpected final space. Following the form of a child-like impression of a cloud it is a playful addition where family and friends can eat and have fun surrounded by the curved form.

The new living addition faces due south while allowing controlled north sun into the living area and providing effective cross ventilation. The form of the ‘cloud’ conforms to setback regulations without appearing obviously determined by them. The extrusion creates a dramatic interior language where walls merge seamlessly with the floor and ceiling. The craftsmanship is remarkable throughout; it has a sense of care one typically associates with the work of a cooper or wheelwright. While the geometry is playful, the extrusion is essentially a contemporary barrel vault. It is our hope that this cloud has a ‘silver lining’.

McBride Charles Ryan

Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne, Australia

Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne, Australia

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Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne, Australia

Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne, Australia

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Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne, Australia

Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne, Australia

Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne, Australia

Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne, Australia

Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne, Australia

Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne, Australia

Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne, Australia

Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan in Melbourne, Australia

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Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

Project: Falcon Beach House
Architects: Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects
Location: Falcon, Mandurah, Australia
Area: 2,260 sqft
Photographs by: Dion Robeson

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Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects

The Falcon Beach House is a contemporary residence designed by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Falcon, a suburb in the coastal city of Mandurah in Australia.
Its design challenges the inappropriate approach of destroying native landscapes and topography. The upper level is neutral for the purpose of acting as a backdrop that focuses the attention on the vast Indian Ocean while the lower level is darker.

Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

Falcon Beach House sits opposite Gearies surf break 1 hour south of Perth. A dip in the dune is echoed by a subtle dip in the balustrade creating a direct connection to the passing surfer.

Based on the rapidly disappearing Mandurah beach house a robust black brick base supports a restrained white Colorbond sheeting skin. The floor is a thin zone of grey, burnished concrete and grey recycled plastic decking.

Everything below the main house level is black, everything above is white and a thin grey zone challenges the concept that everything is black and white.

A wrapping double skin polycarbonate wall provides protection from the elements and provides privacy to occupants, at night this glows to announce the project to the street and ocean.

Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects

Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

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Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

Falcon Beach House by Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Australia

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Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

Project: Concord House
Architects: Studio Benicio
Location: Concord, Sydney, Australia
Area: 2,475 sq ft
Photographs by: Katherine Lu

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Concord House by Studio Benicio

The Concord House is a contemporary, low maintenance four bedroom residence designed by Studio BenicioThis 2,475 square feet dwelling is located in Concord, a suburb in the inner West of Sydney, Australia.
The unique exterior design and layout of the home is an homage to the owners who wanted concrete as the main material. This has resulted in a lot of space that can cater to the four member family’s daily lifestyle.

Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

Built almost entirely from concrete, this striking new home by Studio Benicio makes a solid statement in Concord, a suburb of Sydney.

The low maintenance, contemporary four bedroom house has been designed to showcase the owners’ love for concrete and replaces the existing red brick cottage. “The clients, a family of four, own and operate a formwork business, which in turn has garnered them a great love and appreciation for concrete, and they wanted their new house to feature this throughout.” explains Ian Bennett from Studio Benicio.

Concrete was an unusual choice for this suburban neighbourhood, but made perfect sense for the clients. Combined with white ALUCOBOND®, the home is crisp and will be virtually maintenance free.

One way to reduce the scale of the house due to limited site size was to create an indoor/ outdoor space that works as one. A retractable glass roof over the outdoor area lets light into the space and allows for year-round use. In the interior, a black box seems to be cut out of the walnut kitchen and black bi-fold doors open out to the grassed rear yard.

The mix of materials provides cutting-edge design paired with a comfortable and cosy atmosphere.
The challenge was to design something quite contemporary, incorporate all items in the brief (which included keeping the existing pool), but to avoid any flourishes which would mean the home would not comply with building regulations – all on a modestly sized site.

Studio Benicio

Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

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Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

Concord House by Studio Benicio in Sydney, Australia

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Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Project: Block House
Architects: Porebski Architects
Location: Pearl Beach, Australia
Photographs by: Courtesy of Porebski Architects

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Block House by Porebski Architects

The Block House is a modern dwelling that offers a secluded escape in Australia. Its design responds directly to the natural surroundings of Pearl Beach, characterized by uninterrupted views of the oceanside.
The internal layout is organized in an L-shape that enables a free flowing movement between the interior and exterior. There is also an internal courtyard that is created by the house’s two wings.

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Situated on the shore of Pearl Beach, an area where the bush meets the coast, the Block House is a secluded escape designed to respond to its surroundings. Pearl Beach is formed by two coastal headlands and is defined by eucalypt bush to the north and south and a rainforest to the west. Contextually the house relates to the sandstone cliffs and caves of the surrounding headlands and heavy waves on the beach, which in turn influence the form and materiality of the building.

The internal courtyard is formed by two wings, providing an external enclosure protected from harsh onshore winds. The courtyard not only acts a private sanctuary for recreational use, but allows for consistent and controlled ventilation and sun access throughout all spaces in the house. L-shaped single room planning allows movement between interior and exterior spaces to remain unobstructed.

Raw and heavy elements pay homage to the surrounding cliffs and caves of the area. A simple palette of materials requiring minimal maintenance and finishes, along with precision in detailing, create the light sensibility of the structure. Operable layers of the facade generate the transparency of the house where visual and physical connections are established to the surrounding features of the site. Furthermore, sliding timber shutters and cavity sliding windows and doors allow spaces to open seamlessly, blurring the demarcation between inside and outside.

The Block House adheres to numerous sustainable design principles, including passive cooling and heating, external timber shutters, sub-floor ventilation, geothermal heating and cooling, rainwater harvesting, solar panels and thoughtfully placed skylights. The operable timber shutters and low-e double glazing provide protection from fluctuating external conditions, and work in unison with thermally massed materials to deal with high diurnal temperature ranges.

The outcome is a thoughtful sequence of meticulously crafted spaces forming a house that celebrates the act of living on the beach.

Porebski Architects

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

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Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

Block House by Porebski Architects in Pearl Beach, Australia

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Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Project: Berry House
Architects: Modscape
Location: Berry, New South Wales, Australia
Area: 5,005 sq ft
Photographs by: Courtesy of Modscape

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Berry House by Modscape

Modscapean Australian architecture design studio, has completed the Berry House in the town of Berry in New South Wales, Australia.
This firm is known for their expansive portfolio of sustainable, custom built pre-fab homes. They even claim that each of their bespoke residences are completely ready to move in within twelve weeks.

The Berry House is a modular home that evokes an airy pavilion that is surrounded by protective walls. The project takes advantage of the surrounding idyllic forest, although the walls still protect the privacy of the residents.

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

The design brief of this impressive modular home was to create an airy pavilion that takes advantage of the views while providing a private haven from the busy road below. Rendered brick walls envelope the home to create a protective compound which not only provides privacy, but ensures the prefab home is secure. The home’s long, linear form takes advantage of the northern sun and connects to the idyllic bush and mountain landscape beyond.

The approach and transition into the home was an integral part of the modular design. As such, all of the services are concealed from view. Visitors enter via a large pivoting door that penetrates the wall. They then move through a timber battened walkway where dappled light from the courtyard filters through before entering into the double height entrance space. The main living zone opens out to the north-facing courtyard, encouraging afternoons by the pool lounging to the soundtrack of nature.

Meeting all the functional requirements of modern, sustainable design, the home has a total floor area of 465 sqm and consists of 11 modules with a large, open plan kitchen/living/dining area at its heart. A timber joinery core conceals services such as butler’s pantry, laundry and powder room and houses a staircase leading to an upstairs music room.

The finishes palette is minimal and modest with timber, concrete and zinc used in an uncomplicated manner create a design that is humble and nondescript. All landscaping, including the pool, was also coordinated by Modscape.

Modscape

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

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Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

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Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

Berry House by Modscape in New South Wales, Australia

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Ward House by Sam Crawford Architects in Sydney, Australia

Project: Ward House
Architects: Sam Crawford Architects
Location: Roseville, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Photographs by: Brett Boardman

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Ward House by Sam Crawford Architects

Sam Crawford Architects have undertaken a renovation project of the Ward House that is located within a heritage conservation area in Roseville, a suburb of the Upper North Shore of Sydney, Australia.
The house itself originates from the 1950s and was originally built in the Post War Austere Style, but it has already undergone an extension in the 1980s, although this extension didn’t do it much good. In fact, the architects decided it was best to remove the extension that broke away from the house’s original style. They’ve also redesigned and reconfigured the interior areas, successfully providing a modern living space to the owners.

Ward House by Sam Crawford Architects in Sydney, Australia

This 1950 Post War Austere Style dwelling sits within a heritage conservation area in Roseville, and had already undergone a problematic extension in the 1980s. Whilst presenting a single storey towards the street, the sloping site left the rear of the house perched giddily above the garden, providing no connection to the outdoors, whilst the western sun beat unmediated into the family areas. The brief included reconfiguring some internal rooms to provide a modernised bathroom, laundry and master bedroom, whilst providing a contemporary kitchen, dining and living space with deck.

By removing the unoriginal extension and stepping the new volume gently down the slope, the new house achieves a much better physical and visual connection to the garden without doing away with the sense of elevation over its surrounds. The new masonry extension is slightly offset outside of the existing side walls, delineating old from new with a respectful nod. A corrugated skillion roof tucks beneath the existing roof to the rear and soars up to the north in one simple gesture, with deep framed volumes sitting collected beneath, moderating the sun and providing framed views into the garden. The result is a home that is quintessentially Australian, combining recycled materials and ESD principles within a lush, tree-filled setting that can only be guessed at from the street. Glimpses of green and blue are never lacking in the new sun-splashed living areas and bathrooms, whilst the main bedroom feels like a secluded treehouse thanks to clever planning and view-framing.

Sam Crawford Architects

Ward House by Sam Crawford Architects in Sydney, Australia

Ward House by Sam Crawford Architects in Sydney, Australia

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Ward House by Sam Crawford Architects in Sydney, Australia

Ward House by Sam Crawford Architects in Sydney, Australia

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Ward House by Sam Crawford Architects in Sydney, Australia

Ward House by Sam Crawford Architects in Sydney, Australia

Ward House by Sam Crawford Architects in Sydney, Australia

Ward House by Sam Crawford Architects in Sydney, Australia

Ward House by Sam Crawford Architects in Sydney, Australia

Ward House by Sam Crawford Architects in Sydney, Australia

Ward House by Sam Crawford Architects in Sydney, Australia

Ward House by Sam Crawford Architects in Sydney, Australia

Ward House by Sam Crawford Architects in Sydney, Australia

Ward House by Sam Crawford Architects in Sydney, Australia

Ward House by Sam Crawford Architects in Sydney, Australia

Ward House by Sam Crawford Architects in Sydney, Australia

Ward House by Sam Crawford Architects in Sydney, Australia

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Cricket Pitch House by Scale Architecture in Sydney, Australia

Project: Cricket Pitch House
Architects: Scale Architecture
Location: North Bondi, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Area: 2,551 sq ft
Photographs by: Brett Boardman

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Cricket Pitch House by Scale Architecture

Scale Architecture have designed the Cricket Pitch House in one of Sydney’s well-established suburban areas – North Bondi. It was designed to suit the owner’s wishes who requested that there is enough space in the backyard to make it suitable for cricket with the family. This requirement dictated the layout of the land so the architects decided to go for a linear organization of the home, effectively creating a backyard with the ideal dimensions for a cricket pitch.
The interior of the home is filled with natural light. There are plenty of windows that make sure of it while the pitched roof that runs diagonally across the building creates four different facades, allowing even more solar exposure.

Cricket Pitch House by Scale Architecture in Sydney, Australia

The Cricket Pitch House is a free standing dwelling in North Bondi, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

The client’s brief for a five bedroom house is centred on a garden suitable for backyard cricket for the growing family.

Located in a well-established suburban part of Sydney, the building’s form recalls the pitched roofs of its environs. The roof ridge runs diagonally across building, creating four different facades, each responding to their orientation.

The linear organisation of the house creates a long north-facing side yard that maximises solar access to the house, while also forming the ideal dimensions for a backyard cricket pitch.

Finely detailed board finished concrete provides texture and mass to the study and entry spaces, while large timber framed glass sliding doors open from the dining and living spaces to the garden.

The upper brick volume is punctured by horizontal windows, framed by painted steel surrounds that protect the glass from the intense summer sun.

A light-filled stair void makes a transverse cut through the plan, provides separation between programs and is expressed on the façade with a large steel vertical window.

Working closely with Landscape Architect, Sue Barnsley, the roof garden, backyard meadow and indigenous grove are reimagined to contain native flora purposefully selected to attract birds and insects endemic to the area.

Scale Architecture

Cricket Pitch House by Scale Architecture in Sydney, Australia

Cricket Pitch House by Scale Architecture in Sydney, Australia

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Cricket Pitch House by Scale Architecture in Sydney, Australia

Cricket Pitch House by Scale Architecture in Sydney, Australia

Cricket Pitch House by Scale Architecture in Sydney, Australia

Cricket Pitch House by Scale Architecture in Sydney, Australia

Cricket Pitch House by Scale Architecture in Sydney, Australia

Cricket Pitch House by Scale Architecture in Sydney, Australia

Cricket Pitch House by Scale Architecture in Sydney, Australia

Cricket Pitch House by Scale Architecture in Sydney, Australia

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