Jarrad Needham of Ajar Workshop discusses a small, smart, sustainable home in the ACT suburb of Wright. The fundamentals design aspects of the house were efficiency and sustainability - they wanted to experiment with standard materials and see a different way they could work.
Lindsay Douglas of DIG Design created a unique home with a simple box form with curved features. The veranda was a focal point to the design with curved walls which soften the edges. A cavity sliding door fits neatly into the space making it appear larger than it actually is.
Like a lot of great ideas, Castles at Kingscliff started over a chat, a beer and a great view. Architect, Scott Carpenter, fondly remembers the day he and his client, Martin, climbed onto the roof of the original dwelling. “We sat there and we looked at the view and he said, ‘This is what I need to get back.’
Will Corner from Architects Corner speaks about a unique design where the home has been curved and a ramp was implemented.
There are challenges with almost any building project, but this amazing home, just outside of Newcastle, was a veritable obstacle course. Built on a massive slope and submerged into a cliff face on three sides, it could only be made possible with great design, clever materials choices, and sheer determination!
Wabi-sabi – a Japanese worldview centred on the acceptance of transience and imperfection – and the underlying philosophy behind this intimate and elegant Noosa home. Linda Atkin and Steve Guthrie of Bark Design Architects speak openly about how they addressed the challenge of making a home which is rich in solidity and heaviness seem light and open.
Architect Lui Gomez Siu of Ecke Architecture talks about this elegant, understated and beautifully detailed Surry Hills Terrace House renovation project featuring innovative use of Vantage MAGNUM Designer Series 618 Door.
Chris Blaber is the owner builder of this project, a modern take on a beach house. With a stringent energy report, Chris was faced with the challenge of not building his windows to their specification. But after speaking to us - design was not compromised and we ticked the boxes of the energy and fire ratings.
Architect Joe Snell knew he wanted to create an elegant facade of concrete. The fundamentals for the house were what Guy and Jules love most. "We love concrete, we love steel, we love glass, we love black and white." The result is a house like no other. "It's a unique house just for them," says Snell. "In a sense, the house is a background and a vehicle for their whole lives."
This property is located on a small hill in the Byron Hinterland- which allowed the house to be orientated perfectly for optimal passive design. Part of the brief was that the clients have a significant art and book collection so whilst they wanted a house that had a strong connection to the landscape, they needed wall space in the living area and bedrooms.
A house encompassed by picturesque surroundings in a fantastic location, Architect Andrew Verri was chosen to design a dream home - a farmhouse fit for an entire family. Andrew was faced with the challenge of having a pool inside the house while preventing condensation build up when temperatures differed inside and out. The ThermalHEART range allowed Andrew to incorporate many windows and doors whilst maintaining thermal efficiency throughout the house.
On a strong landscape setting, Architect Richard Cole had to design a house which would be responsive to counter the landscape with quite a strong architectural gesture. With a lot to work through, Richard wanted to focus on aluminium to design the house to face a strong climate. Through this at the end of the day they managed to achieve what they set out to do.
The Dawes Residence is located in the city of Canberra, which is typically known for its hot summers and cold winters. Architect Tony Trobe worked on a strict brief to maximise views of the client's surrounds as well as ensure there were connections between the indoors and outdoors without compromising the thermal efficiency of the home.
The house has been designed as an ‘armature’ for a young growing family to live and evolve, offering a variety of open living and private retreat spaces. Family accommodation is contained within a simple two storey volume that gently terraces down the site thereby opening up internally to a voluminous open living space under the canopy of the Scribbly Gums.
Architect Kieron Gait, Kieron Gait Architects; talks about this simple, modest extension in Red Hill, Brisbane, redefining the way building materials are utilised within a home. The construction utilises a modular structural insulated panel system (SIPS) to reduce construction time and allow economy of site labour.
Architect Tina Tziallas from Tziallas O' Meara Architecture studio talks about Bundaroo Street House. Tina describes how this dynamic project gave the design team many challenges. Each time one was resolved it left the design felling so much better for it. The project became an interesting exercise in how to maximise the performance of the house to ensure exceptional energy efficiency. Thermally broken windows and doors from the Vantage® ThermalHEART™ range are used throughout, allowing Tina to achieve the design resolution she desired for her clients without compromising on the efficiency and comfort of the living space created.
Prior to renovation, these two townhouses were original Spanish mission style homes. When Architect Robert Davidov was given the task of designing the renovations for these two homes, his main priorities were to bring in some of the fixtures and form of the previous site into the new buildings and to utilise high performance, energy efficient products.
Situated 320 meters above sea level this 5 hectare lot was to be shared in harmony with the wedge tailed eagle's nest therefore minimal disturbance to the lot was a priority. The sitting utilises the natural land knoll in tandem with the curvaceous roof form to deflect the prevailing south westerly winds and provide a sheltered micro climate for the immediate external zoned living areas.
This magnificent home is located in the regional Victorian town of Bendigo. Owner / Builder and Architect Lucas Hodgens had big dreams for this home. Lucas believed that "The house changed not only my life for the better, it has certainly changed my children's and wife's life also." The design and build of this open plan home was a lifelong dream of Lucas - to design and build his very own family home.