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Planchonella House by Jesse Bennett

Franky March - Monday, May 04, 2015

Set within heritage rainforest surrounds, this North Queensland home is a product of talented architect and builder Jesse Bennett, with the desire to live simply and create joyful areas that would enrich and inspire his family. The design focused on embracing the plush surroundings by using minimalistic materials, predominantly glass and concrete, making the outside environment feel very much apart of the home. The structure is enhanced with timber detailing adding warmth and replicating the natural environment that encompasses the property.

Via Yellowtrace



Wolseley Residence by Mckimm

Franky March - Friday, May 01, 2015

A contemporary property located in Melbourne with energy rating, flow and clever zoning as key requirements of the design, showcasing well considered areas for a young family and plenty of entertaining options, including its picturesque alfresco dining area next to the kitchen with a built in blue stone barbecue.

Via Yellowtrace 



A Manhattan Apartment by Andre Kikoski

Deborah Raj - Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Located on the 32nd floor with incredible views overlooking Madison Square Park, Manhattan based architect Andre Kikoski designed this luxury, 1500 square foot apartment. Created to suit the predilections of a globetrotting art collector, the space was tailored to house and showcase the owner’s incredible art collection. From the Burmese teak cabinets and solid statuary bronze countertops in the kitchen, to the backlit bronze shelves in the living space and the floor to ceiling windows in the shower, the apartment sings of effortless cool in true NY style. 




Sardinera House by Ramon Esteve

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Located near the coastal Spanish city of Alicante, the Sardinera House by Ramon Esteve is perched atop a steep incline overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Formed from cantilevered white concrete volumes that provide sweeping views over the ocean, the outdoor living space is conceived as an extention of the internal living space, connected fluidly by the use of floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. Boasting two pools, one interior and one exterior, the indoor pool shares a visual connection with the outdoor version through a longitudinal window. 

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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