The entrance to the spa is via an elevated wooden bridge which meanders through the woods, and floats over the existing granite boulders and mosses. The minimalist approach requires a high level of craftsmanship in order to achieve a calm, serene effect.]]>
In the words of the architects: “An awareness of the climate, the use of sustainable materials and green sensibilities were important considerations in the design. Close attention to detail was paid in terms of aspect of the building and clever definition of living spaces. The use of simple, quality materials and a cohesive sense of colour throughout would enhance the illusion of spaciousness in this tiny house. The Balmain area is known for its maritime history, so it seemed appropriate to acknowledge this in some way, which is why we chose to use natural materials and exposed timber ceilings. These materials are sympathetic to the history of the house; in a sense, it’s still a cottage, just a lot more spacious and comfortable. We were keen to maximise the northern aspect as well as the leafy views over the neighbourhood. We also knew we’d obtain glimpses of the North Sydney skyline if we added a second storey.”
Materials specified: Timber frame, timber floor, timber cladding, timber framed doors and windows.
Sustainable features: Cross-ventilation with the inclusion of louvred windows. Solar control through mechanised screens. Use of low-impact building materials. Use of low-energy light fittings and appliances.]]>
Collected Interiors have expertly incorporated design elements that reflect the coastal locale using textures and colours inspired by Nature and the ocean. The splashes of indigo blue provide a beautiful splash of colour and look great given the abundance of natural light and airy, breezy aethetics.
Natural materials abound including linen pendants, crisp white cotton bedding, light timber flooring and rugs in natural textures provide, adding warmth and texture. Danish style furniture was selected for its clean lines and understated style. Louvred windows allow the sea breezes in and are furnished with simple window treatments suit a carefree, beach lifestyle.
Products specified: Dulux natural white paint (a favourite of Collected Interiors)
Armadillo rugs, Arthur G sofa and chairs (chairs are Sparkk fabric) and Designer Boys artwork.
[Photography by Joel Barbitta]]]>
The connection between indoors and out is blurred with transparency to the interiors while anchored by the basalt garden wall and the natural volcanic landscape.
In the words of the architect the house “celebrates economical finishes, directness, authenticity, natural, textured and unadorned surfaces which are embroidered with highly crafted timber elements and pieces. Surfaces, finishes and details exhibit the Japanese concept of wabi sabi – the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete, allowed to weather and evolve with time. Sustainability starts with natural cooling and lighting, harnessing available breezes and winter sun, using locally sourced hardwood, plantation grown plywood cladding and lining, recycled Blackbutt timber floors, local quarry rock, and endemic garden species.”
[Photography by Christopher Frederick Jones]]]>
Matt’s response to the brief was incorporating diagonally opposite outdoor spaces, one on the North East side to maximise the aspect and a sheltered courtyard to the South West for refuge. The South half steps forward towards the view, and the North half slides back into the hill.
The environmental performance of the house was paramount and informed the choice of polished concrete floors for thermal mass, Northern orientation, outdoor spaces sited for prevailing breeze. These considerations mean’t that no air conditioning was required which is quite impressive for a 250sqm home.
Sustainable products: 4.5KW PV system, double glazed low E Argon filled winodws, R4.0 ceiling insulation, reverse veneer walls, acoustically treated HW ceiling, 10KL rainwater storage and indigenous rooftop planting.
Key collaborators on the house: Landscape design by Sprout (Martin Pell), structural Design by SDA (Charles Blumer) and the builder was Graybuilt (Paul Gray)
[Photography by Simon Whitbread and Barton Taylor]]]>
Hubby & I have followed the work of Bourne Blue Architects for many years so it was exciting to give them the challenge of transforming our ugly duckling into a swan while incorporating their signature style of understated simplicity, extensive use of concrete and timber and sustainable principles.
I thought it would be good to share the images I originally gave Bourne Blue as inspiration for the design. That way you can compare what were hoping for with the end result. The first few photos are essentially the inspiration board, followed by the first CAD drawing (which looked scarily like a public hospital) and then more CAD drawings where the hospital look is vastly improved with the addition of cladding etc. After the CAD drawings you can see the final result in real life!
What do you reckon? Let me know in the comments]]>
Products specified: Woodform expression cladding, pre-oiled pacific teak cladding, Hardies Scyon Matrix cladding, windows and doors by Midcoast using Vantage and AWS system.
[Photography by Bourne Blue]]]>
Sustainable features: Designed for cross-ventilation with openable windows wherever possible, and operable louvres to bedrooms; Passive solar design / natural light, with large skylight above kitchen area. Remote motorised blind to large glazed section at rear to control solar access.
[Photography by Luke Carter]]]>
The open plan living area extends to a wonderful outdoor room, which is covered for protection from sun and rain and complete with stylish sofas and an oriental touch for the coffee table.
Products used: Dulux Domino paint for feature wall in living room and exterior, Dulux Natural white for walls, Armadillo rugs, Missoni fabric for cushions and artwork by Helen Norton.
[Photography by Joel Barbitta]]]>
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[Photography by Emma-Jane Hetherington]]]>
Products used: Enzo sofa by Jardan, Milano bed and Cross base bedside tables designed by Christopher Elliott, Geneva dining table designed by Christopher Elliott and key decorative objects and lighting by Hermon & Hermon.
[Photography by Gorta Yuuki]]]>
What do you think? Want?]]>
[Photography by Nic Lehoux]]]>
The humble tin shed is an iconic Australian structure. The project was to repurpose an existing tin shed at the rear of a residential lot, in the inner-city suburb of Redfern, Sydney. Located on a corner the existing shed was a distinctive building, a windowless, narrow double storey structure on a single storey residential street. As the only remaining shed in the area it is a unique reminder of the suburb’s industrial past.
The project brief was to create a new use for the building as an office space and studio. The shed in its current state was dilapidated and structurally unsound. The original tin shed was disassembled and set aside while a new timber frame was erected. The layers of corrugated iron accumulated over generations of repair were reassembled on three facades.
Corten steel window boxes cut through the form and extend out over the lane and street, opening up the once windowless space. The materials have been left raw and honest, in the spirit of its industrial economy. The west face was clad in expressed joint fibre cement panels while plywood floors and joinery add warmth to the interior.
The project embraces that it will continue to change with time through rust, decay and repair.
[Photography by Mark Syke and Richard Carr]]]>
For me, it’s the luxury of an island bath, organic textures and surfaces, and a view to a secluded garden. A hot bubbly bath is running, a candle or two are flickering and there’s most certainly a chilled flute of champagne nearby.
The ideal bathroom can be hard to achieve, especially if you’re a perfectionist like me! When I was building recently and constantly on the lookout for luxurious, tactile and natural products, it was hard to go past apaiser for stunning bathware. The whole range (baths, basins, vanities and shower bases) is made of eco-friendly reclaimed marble stone and is used in luxury hotels, resorts and private islands around the world. Luxury – tick! Natural and organic – tick! Eco – tick!
I also love that apaiser is Australian owned and designed and offers custom designs in a diverse colour palette for that truly individual look, enabling architects and designers to create a bespoke design for their clients. If you’d like to see the range in person, you can call into their Melbourne flagship showroom which also supplies nationwide and globally.
So tell me, what does your dream bathroom look like?]]>
Energy efficiency was an important, with advantage being taken of orientation, natural light and ventilation. The central courtyard adjoining the old and new areas allows light and breezes to permeate the home and the living areas to extend into the lush green garden. Rich, natural textures enhance minimalist lines and forms of the structure while providing the cozy and warm atmosphere of a family home.]]>
What I love about Bronnie’s design approach is her commitment to incorporating the owners world experience, travels and lifestyle into the design. In this home there is a beachside aesthetic to the exteriors while the inside features “a sprinkling of Turkish Kilims, French and Greek artifacts, Chinese village doors, English 18th century hand carved trunks, Spanish hand carved doors and plenty of Australian craftsmanship” which all combine to make a stunning global home with warmth and personality.
The book takes you on a journey of self-discovery, from discovering your design style and capturing the vision through to celebrating family life in the design. It’s a great book which I highly recommend as either a gift for others or a gift for you!]]>
When viewed from the shores of the Colorado River, the Edgeland is only visible as a narrow cut into the ground. Since preserving the natural landscape is one of the main focuses of the design, the construction maintained minimal disturbance to the site. Built to restore the slope, the two pavilions are separated to house the living and sleeping areas where elements extend to the landscape.
The Edgehouse uses thermal mass of the underground earth and an insulated green roof to protect against heat and cold all year round with a back up hydronic heating system to address the Texan climate. To enhance the local ecosystem, the architects collaborated with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to bring 40 lost native plant species back to the site.]]>