design folio

The Gardener by Park+Associates Architects

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The pièce de résistance of The Gardener, a home built in Singapore by Park+Associates Architects, is undeniably the Green Wall that makes a striking, natural statement along the staircase. 

The modern house is nestled within a botanic sanctuary, with a wrap around garden showcasing a mixture of flowering trees, shrubs & lush ferns visible through the full height living and dining rooms' glass sliding doors, and a deck off the kitchen offering a plethora of herbs and fruit trees. 

Mororo House by MK27

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Set in a region in Brazil that is known for its cool climate, the Mororo House is another masterpiece by architecture studio MK27. Designed to offer generous internal spaces that provide residents with an inviting atmosphere on cold days, the continuous volume creates a stark duality between an opaque block which houses the living spaces, and the transparent area inside where the pool and sauna are found. Openings to the house are minimised with sliding doors used to subtly integrate internal and external spaces while outside, the plot is surrounded by numerous pine trees and ferns.

Via Designboom.

Mirrored Izabelin House by Reform Architects

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Located on the outskirts of Warsaw, Poland, architect Marcin Tomaszewski of local practice Reform conceived this mirrored dwelling that appears to float amidst its woodland setting. Planted between the trees, Izabelin House serves as a country retreat for a single family, occupying its plot with a minimal disturbance to the natural terrain. 

Formed from two horizontally configured volumes, the lower story is clad with reflective paneling which consequently creates a mirage of uninterrupted forest floor. The opaque areas stacked above provide sweeping views of the property's surroundings while also giving way to sheltered decking at ground level below. 

Via Designboom.

Miami Residence by Brillhart Architecture

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, February 26, 2015

Honing in on tropical Miami's vernacular architecture, Brillhart architects conceived this ambitious self-build that serves as a simple and practical home. Elevated five feet above the ground, 15 metres of uninterrupted glazing spans the length of both the front and back sides with four sets of sliding glass doors which allow the house to be entirely opened when desired. Light enters the porches on either side through wood slatted timber screens that also protect the structure from the region's elements.

Via Designboom

Cape Town House by Three14 Architects

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Designed for a young family in the suburban area of Rondebosch, Cape Town, this house sits on an elongated site with views out toward the iconic Table Mountain. Calling for a contemporary, open plan home that provides a relaxed lifestyle as well as making the most of the surrounding views, the result is Three14 Architects' minimal white box with bedroom accommodation on the upper lever that is cantilevered over the living spaces on the ground floor below. The residence's street facade is broken up by the tiled screen that creates an open-air terrace for the guest wing of the house while the ground floor spills out onto the inner courtyard where the shaded garden fills the area with a soft dappled light.  

Via Archdaily

Inside the Rogner Bad Blumau Spa by Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Conceived by none other than legendary Austrian architect, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the Rogner Bad Blumau Spa is no less a luxury spa hotel than it is a mammoth work of art. Located in the heart of Austria's thermal region, the hotel boasts colourful patchwork facades and verdant, grass-covered roofs - needless to say, there's not a single straight line in sight. Arranged like a city with various districts, the diverse range of accommodation offers a plethora of swimming bathing and restaurant areas that branch out into the open landscape. 

Via Designboom

Cross Street by C+M Studio

Anna Coe - Monday, January 05, 2015

Open for just three weeks, the Cross Street Project by C+M Studio allowed Sydney-siders to enter a completely shop-able apartment, not only was the actual residence for sale - you could buy it empty or with all the items in it, but you could purchase individual pieces that took your fancy. C+M invited their favourite local designers, artists and retailers to fill the apartment with their wares, which would have been the ultimate 'in situ' showcase for the merchants.

Via StudioArrc

Groenlandia Gallery in Sao Paulo by Triptyque

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Thursday, December 11, 2014

With an objective to make the building's heavy materials, such as concrete and marble, to appear light and almost transparent in their context, Brazilian studio Triptyque's conceived this design for the Groenlandia gallery. Located in an upmarket neighbourhood of Sao Paulo, the building's scheme is organised around a concrete deck which hovers at a height of nine metres with the material-focussed structure featuring fully retractable glazing on the ground floor, a contemplation pool set within the concrete flooring, and individual apertures in the walls.  

Via Designboom.

126 Walsh Street by Carr Design Group, MAA Architects & Neometro

Anna Coe - Friday, November 28, 2014

With three creative groups collaborating on the redevelopment of four, single-level luxury residences in Melbourne, you would be certain to assume that the outcome would be something to behold. 126 Walsh Street by Carr Design Group, MAA Architects and Neometro is essentially four homes rather than apartments, with large open plan living and generous outdoor spaces. 

The interior blends a mix of materials seamlessly, grey exposed concrete surrounds the living area, while timber and black highlights are a feature in the kitchen.  

To note some of the furniture pieces used in the project: Gubi Semi SM2 pendants hang over the dining table (available from Bromhead), HAY About A Chair seating in the office and Tray Table used in the living area (both available from CULT)

Herne Bay Road by Daniel Marshall Architects

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, November 28, 2014

This contemporary residence located in Auckland's Herne Bay is the work of Daniel Marshall Architects. With an empty site zoned in Residential 2 acknowledging the heritage and character of the area, the architects took to the project design as a re-conception of the Villa archetype typical of its environs, simultaneously integrating modern design and construction ideals. 

The concrete construct is formed over three levels with the garaging excavated below. The mid level is expressed boldly by a horizontal aesthetic of weatherboard impressed concrete fins, meanwhile the upper level sits recessively beneath a hipped roof. Boasting an excellent northern aspect and stellar views over the Waitemata Harbour, this hybrid residence exhibits living spaces within that are both grand and intimate. 

Photos by Simon Devitt via Daniel Marshall Architects