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Peninsula Residence | SJB Interiors

The liveable, tactile and comforting Peninsula Residence is located in Melbourne, Australia.

It was designed by SJB Interiors.

Description by SJB Interiors:

Designed to be tough… A bold reimagining honouring the history and integrity of the original home yet placing it firmly within contemporary 21st century design. A large glass pavilion houses the stunning new Master suite and multiple floor levels address the natural fall of the landscape. Tough materials like cedar, steel, glass, natural stone and concrete are featured in unrestrained sophistication.

Colour blazes forth unapologetically; glossy red echoes brazenly from kitchen to powderoom and the enclosed internal stairwell which leads to the roof terrace. Burnt oranges, vivid greens and moody blues elevate quiet spaces and pair perfectly alongside contemporary furnishings.

The result is a space that is certainly bold and unrestrained – yet more importantly it’s liveable, tactile and comforting.


Design Office: SJB Interiors

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Photographs: Nicole England


 

House in Mernda | Carlisle Homes

This contemporary house is located in Melbourne, Australia.

It was designed by Carlisle Homes.

 


Design Office: Carlisle Homes

Location: Melbourne, Australia


 

Villa CG | Powerhouse Company

Villa CG ,a two-storey modern family home, located in Enschede, The Netherlands.

It was designed by Powerhouse Company.


Description by Powerhouse Company:

Villa CG is a family home in the eastern Dutch city of Enschede, close to the German border. The clients, a couple with two children, commissioned Powerhouse Company in 2013 to design ‘the most beautiful house on the street’ within a strict budget. Villa CG is a two-storey home characterized by horizontality. Our design takes its cues from the surrounding low hedge to create a house that is about balance and equilibrium, symmetry and grace.


Design Office: Powerhouse Company
Location: Enschede, The Netherlands
Team: Nanne de Ru, Stijn Kemper, Ryanne Janssen,
Stefan de Meijer, Donna van Milligen Bielke
Interior: De Stijl Interieur & Design
Structural Engineer: Breed Integrated Design
Area: 243,00 m2
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: Ossip van Duivenbode


 

 

Peixoto House | Erbalunga Estudio

Peixoto House located in Tui, Spain.

It was designed by Erbalunga Studio.

Description by Erbalunga Studio:

The owners of this house were not reflected in the layout of their old apartment. Small consecutive spaces, arranged longitudinally along a corridor that gave them access to the various uses and rooms. An overly simple and inefficient structure for a contemporary dwelling.

From the beginning, multipurpose spaces were created and with scope for new possibilities. It was necessary to flee from a totally closed and without freedom, that prevented the appearance of new habits, hobbies, activities or ways of thinking.

 The kitchen, dining room, living room or work area were articulated in a single space separated from the most private areas of the house.

 A simple, clean, and unconventional design, helps this large space is the engine and generator of life in this apartment. A great space that can be transformed and be what their owners need in every moment.

 In addition, the layout of the longitudinal route is broken generating a zig-zag path that leads diagonally to the guests from the most public to the most private zone establishing relationships between the different uses of the house.

 It is a house in which the square meters of all the rooms recover their value and efficiency, forming part of an atmosphere of space and light, the true luxury of an urban dwelling.


Design Office: Erbalunga Studio
Location
: Tui, Spain
Area: 70,00 m2
Project Year: 2016
Photographs: Iván Casal Nieto


Alps Villa | Camillo Botticini Architect

Alps Villa, a house with an irregular plan shaped like a “C”, located in Brescia, Italy.

It was designed by Camillo Botticini Architect.

Description by Camillo Botticini Architect:

The house stands on a clearing in the trees, 700 meters above sea level, close to the “Passo del Cavallo”, next to a road that connects Trompia Valley and Sabbia Valley on a steep slope. The landscape is characterized by an open valley to the south and a frame of green mountains with peaks of dolomite rock to the north.
We are still in a place close to the urban noise but at the same time far away, where the aroma of mountain herbs and grazing sheep seem to have stopped time; and this determines which condition founding: a primary relationship between the artificial intervention and nature.

The relationship with the ground and the landscape are the material that construct the project: the ground by communicating with the project operates a principle of “rootedness” into the slope to the north, where the house seems to bite the mountain, and the principle of “emancipation “to the south, with an overhang that throw the home to the valley.
To the north, a courtyard open to the Mount allows you to look at the profile of the dolomite rock spiers that at 1200 m above sea level continues the green plane tilted so that virtually close the fourth side of the house.
To the south a large window splayed mediates between the interior of the living and landscape, the light coming from the south continued with a bay window to the north patio.

Lightweight, integration at the site, opening and closing, no exhibitionism, connection to foundational principle generated by the performance of the ground and the internal organization of space, producing an idea of domestic that offers a contemporary housing responsive to the site.
These are the elements that make up the set, with a will of harmony and tension, looking for an architectural shape by the strong expressive intensity, but at the same time a shape of balance and rooting in the use of natural materials such as oxidized copper and wood.

The house has an irregular plan shaped like a “C” with a patio where the fourth side is made from a green plane that delivers the planimetric structure that generates the spaces of the house, creating three bodies with variable height increasing from north-est, where the volume disappears by integrating into the ground.
The first body has three bedrooms, two of them with windows facing the patio, through the bathroom; while the third bedroom has a subtracting that opens the master bedroom and its bathroom to the east into the clearing.
To the south of the second body with a height between 3.50 and 4.50 meters introduces the living room, and open space suspended between the patio and landscape. Its side closed is characterized by the presence of a fireplace that ends with a the same size the south window.
The living room continues with the dining area, to the west with the double height body: a continuous space, characterized by a structured cover consists by triangular planes, inside which is recessed the continuous lighting system.

The highest part of the body in the west is characterized by a loft under which it has the kitchen opens to the patio, while above it there is a space for the study.

It creates an integrated fluid area and open to the outside, simultaneously protected, almost closed on the east and west sides (where they open the window as an excavation of the room and bathroom).

Important the levels of access. The main, covered by the overhang of three meters of living, is placed in the to the south-east. Upon entering there is a ramp parallel to a great room with fireplace. Here goes a ladder to the dining room level and then to the mezzanine, where a skylight opens to the sky at north.

Access by road has two possibilities.
A driveway with covered ramp leading cars in the underground, which is one level below the main floor access. The pedestrian access is constituted by a suspended linear scale made of steel, from the road a space covered leads to the entry level.
An elevator connects the level of the garage with that of the living. Spaces and service areas are located in the basement. The house looks like in his primary relationship with the landscape without other artificial elements other than the suspended staircase that cuts the grass slope.

Geothermal system, heat pump, ventilated walls, creating a natural ventilation even though the deep walls (65 cm) that protect against cold and heat (energy italian rating higher than A+ cened) help to build a house with very low heating costs, almost to consumption and zero pollution.
We wanted an environmentally friendly home in the building materials and insulation, equipped with ventilated walls, a sustainable home in the settlement balance with the landscape.

Green meadows and trees framing the outer coating in corrugated oxide copper and Accoya wood (patented of undeformable wood of New Zealand pine replanted forest), the only elements that, with the triple room glass, are the artifice in counterpoint that interacts with nature.

The ventilated wall copper is modulated with a slight pleating to vibrate the light on the non-reflecting surface. The wood of the great splay reflects light that is refracted from the south.

The patio flooring made in iroko wood, the large windows integrated into the copper coating defines a space that is enhanced by a green maple that brings in a piece of nature, are not material around which you orient the house.

Inside, the floors are made of resin sand-colored, the walls are in plasterboard painted white and ceilings with recessed lights in the graft cut from the slab-wall, parapet are in glass and the windows made of painted iron have the objective of exalting the space and its continuity, favoring the integration to the site.


Design Office: Camillo Botticini Architect
Location: Brescia, Italy
Area: 360,00 m2
Construction Company: Baglioni Costruzioni Slr, Gardone Vt (Bs)
Structural Engineering: Franco Palmieri
Project Years: 2012 – 2014
Photographs: Nicolo Galeazzi


 

Nawamin 24 House | I Like Design Studio

Nawamin 24 House located in Bangkok, Thailand.

It was designed by I Like Design Studio.

 


Design Office: I Like Design Studio

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Photographs: Soopakorn Srisakul


 

Casa Estudio | Intersticial Arquitectura

‘Casa Estudio’ is a modest-sized home located in Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico.

It was designed by Intersticial Arquitectura.

Description by Intersticial Arquitectura:

Acting as both a space for living and working, ‘Casa Estudio’ is a modest-sized home located in a micro industrial area of Queretaro City. The regeneration project saw the building dating back to the 1980s, being revitalized from a state of deterioration.

The firm in charge, Intersticial Arquitectura, chose to approach the run-down structure by understanding the pre-existing conditions. This led to the insertion of subtle interventions including the system of overlapping patios and straightforward construction methods. in turn, the series of patios allow for the house to be naturally ventilated and flooded with natural light. Meanwhile, clay and concrete was chosen to line the walls as it is a local material which carries strength and contrast.
The main challenge was to do more with less: to solve an architectural scheme that extends a studio space on the ground floor, which separates from a new apartment on the first floor, and to maximize the living space, inside and outside. Keeping with the tight budget, exposed materials form the character of the dwelling. as well as displaying a material contrast which in the end works as a whole, this meant challenging construction techniques had to be adopted. additionally, different textures that were locally sourced were brought in. For example the stem of the ‘junquillo’ plant has been dried, knotted and woven to feature in the screenings and rail coverings throughout the property.


Design Office: Intersticial Arquitectura

Location: Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico

Photographs: Intersticial Arquitectura


White House | Guillaume Da Silva

The former village school, which transformed into a house, is located in Tournai, Belgium.

It was designed by Guillaume Da Silva.

Description by Guillaume Da Silva:

This project was implemented in a former village school not far from Tournai (wallonie) close to the Belgian border. Classrooms partitions were removed in order to create intense light spaces. The garden with the pool replaced to the playground, the courtyard  became a covered terrace. This building from the 20’s was renovated and transformed to welcome a family. Interior designing rests on various concepts:

•        Highlighting the existing architecture and rough materials in some places, referring to the past.

•        Working on lighting to create an atmosphere

•        Working on indoor and outdoor spaces, creating perspectives and framing, elaborating symmetry and volumes proportions.


Design Office: Guillaume Da Silva

Location: Tournai, Belgium

Photographs: Guillaume Da Silva


 

Lake House | Dransfeldarchitekten

This lake house is located in Steckborn, Switzerland.

It was designed by Dransfeldarchitekten.


Design Office: Dransfeldarchitekten

Location: Steckborn, Switzerland

Photographs: Dransfeldarchitekten


 

Eltham Residence | Patrick Meneguzzi Interiors

This farm house is located in Eltham, Victoria, Australia.

It was designed by Patrick Meneguzzi Interiors.

 


Design Office: Patrick Meneguzzi Interiors

Location: Eltham, Victoria, Australia

Photographs: Patrick Meneguzzi Interiors


 

House in Melbourne | Alexandra Buchanan Architecture

The contemporary home is located  in Melbourne, Australia.

It was designed by Alexandra Buchanan Architecture.

Description by Alexandra Buchanan Architecture:

Covered in trees with restricted access and falling steeply to the river, the site posed a number of design challenges, including Environmental and Bushfire Overlays (BAL29). The form and materiality of the house were guided by the views, orientation, topography and context.

The twin butterfly roofs lift the eaves to catch daylight from every direction and enhance the sense of space and connection to outdoors. The house’s dual ‘wings’ slide with the landscape to create privacy for neighbouring properties while maximising views, daylight and access to external entertaining spaces. A glazed circulation slot creates a dramatic but efficient connection between the two forms.

The generous roof terrace with external fireplace and arbour allow for contemporary outdoor entertaining as the natural terrain of the site falls below, relatively untouched.


Design Office: Alexandra Buchanan Architecture
Collaborators: Hive Engineering, Nathan Burckett Landscape Design
Location: North Warrandyte, Victoria, Australia
Area: 249,0 m2
Construction team: Eco Edge Homes
Photographs: Marvelle Photography


 

Minimax House | Eben Architects

Minimax House located in Bandung, Indonesia.

It was designed by Eben Architects.

 

Description by Eben Architects:

Standing above small plot of 80m2 in a challenging hills contour of Lembang area, this minimal size creating maximum functions for the family who lives there. It’s a single block -three storey- linear house, with no fixed programme. With the conformable function concept, it helps maximizing the available area to be adjusted according to the activities of the family.

Each level contains more than one programme that are connected by a big slide-able walls that allows the family to control the privacy and adjust the space and furniture to follow their day to day activities according to their needs. The concrete perforated block facade were added to elevate the privacy and hinder the sun rays, without blocking the air circulation.

On lower 1st storey, there are a small foyer, and a raised platform lounge to welcome the guests and at night it can be used for a small bedroom for them as well.

There’s three programmes on the 1st storey, private sleeping area, living and dining room. During the day, the private sleeping area, that separated with sliding door, can be opened and creates a big living area that also connected to outdoor terrace. This give the family free access to enjoy wider space for children activities, family gathering or even a party and at the same time breathe in Lembang’s fresh air. While at night, each programme fulfil its own function.

On the 2nd storey, there is one hall living room with access to small outdoor terrace and connect to the roof deck. It gives pleasant enjoyment to the surrounding mountainous view. While at night, it can be customized into two bed rooms.

This open-conformable plan concept gives the family maximum comfort and enjoyment to exploit the rooms according to their needs without adding another one.


Design Office: Eben Architects
Location: Bandung, Indonesia
Area: 110,0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Leonard Kawun


 

 

Jains House | Skyward Inc

Jains House located in Mumbai, India.

It was designed by Skyward Inc.


Design Office: Skyward Inc
Location: Juhu, Mumbai, India
Area: 1800 sq.ft.
Project Year: 2013-2015
Photographs: Skyward Inc


 

Coolum Bays Beach House | Aboda Design Group

The Coolum Bays Beach House is located in Queensland, Australia.

It was designed by Aboda Design Group.

Description by Adoda Design Group:

As former owner of the adjoining property, the client’s imperative was to accommodate a family with the three children nearing adulthood and take advantage of the amazing potential for white water views from the Coolum Bays all the way to Noosa Heads. The challenge was to accommodate a steep driveway from Fauna Terrace, which tucked under the home to accommodate three cars (without requiring excavation of rock), half-storey accommodation above all within the local planning envelope.

Once the site constraints were fully understood, the building form was developed to accommodate the four en suited bedrooms, two living areas plus media room, kitchen, dining, laundry, home office, two powder rooms, workshop, pool and rainwater tank.

From the outset, the client (also the builder) confirmed the preferred floor construction was suspended concrete and the planning was then explored to exploit the best of this material, including large spans and cantilevers. Similarly, the desire to project the roof over the pool and deck could only be realised in structural steel – achieving a dramatic plane which ‘letterboxes’ the ocean vistas through a horizontal aperture.

The client also requested a durable, low maintenance home that would handle the extreme weather events that can occur in this location. As a result of its projection from the hillside, the wind and rain can be torrential, however through clever planning the family room was located at the south east end of the building, providing a buffer, creating comfortable, protected outdoor space on the adjacent deck.

As an informal family, the intent was to have a home that would ensure that everyone remained connected to one another, whilst also achieving distinct public and private spaces. Predominantly, this was achieved by stepping the building down the site, so that spaces cascade as half levels. The only full flight is to the private master bedroom suite located on the upper floor.

Again through clever planning and the integration of operable and fixed sun control devices (batten screens, vertical blades, natural vegetation), the home enjoys wonderful privacy from the street and neighbours, all without requiring boundary fencing.

Living spaces are arranged along this axis, all with access to northern light. A consequence of the steepness of the site was that the only compliant driveway location would be along the northern boundary, with car parking tucked beneath the house to maximise the northern exposure. Living spaces are arranged around the pool, which brings the benefits of cooling breezes and dappled light.

All three en suites are arranged to the west of the house, to act as a thermal buffer between the hot afternoon sun and the main living and bedroom spaces. Windows are kept to a minimum on this elevation and in the case of the master suite, are covered with a feature sun control batten screen over the fully operable louvres.

On the southern elevation, glazing is again used sparingly to achieve vistas of trees and the bays, and draw cool breezes through the house.

On the northern elevation, shading devices range from operable vertical blades to the living; timber batten screens to the study and master bedroom; and a large, projecting cantilevered roof over the pool and deck.

Glazing is generally highly operable stacking sliding doors or louvres and incorporate low-e glass. Fixed glass is used in locations heavily exposed to gales.

The materials sourced were a combination of concrete and steel for structural strength and durability, both readily available and recyclable, and locally sourced pine framing generally, with hardwood used for exposed timber elements. Wall finishes were Rockcote polymer render or James Hardie lightweight fibre cement cladding. Glazing and the feature entry awning are lightweight aluminium. Western red cedar was selected for the battens due to its hardiness.

The home is defined by clearly articulated shapes, the rectangular white master en suite box, flanked by the raking off form concrete ground floor en suites, in a symmetrical composition, capped by the feature polycarbonate awning. Contrast is achieved between the lightness of the upper elements and frameless glass entry door, counterpointed by the heaviness and solidity of the concrete boxes, feature tiled external walls and landscape gabions.

To the northern elevation, the composition is more dynamic, projecting from the hillside out towards the bays, the cantilever achieved with a combination of up and down-turned rendered concrete beams and concealed steel members hidden in the deck and roofs.

The home connects to Fauna Terrace, the bays and to Noosa Heads. At the street end, a steep slope has been tamed with the introduction of large format off form concrete ‘steppers’ and the conscious decision not to fence the site. Separation, as is the case internally, is achieved via levels rather than physical barriers. At the eastern end, the projection of the living spaces, particularly the family room with picture window focuses the connection to Point Perry and First Bay. From the bench seating, views are captured across the deck and pool all the way up the coast to Sunshine Beach.

The aesthetic appeal, whist unconventional, has garnered admirers both locally, who believe it captures a refined and elegant beach lifestyle without being derivative of past methods of creating the typical ‘beach house’, and internationally, demonstrated by the overwhelming request to feature the house in magazines, books and online.

All spaces except the upper floor master suite, which is a full storey above the ground floor to achieve the best of the views, are connected by half-levels, to maintain a connectivity through the house. Furnishings are a combination of contemporary freestanding pieces (eg. living room suite) and built in elements (external bench seat, internal family banquettes, master bedroom day bed, all designed in house). Views of the bays are achieved from the front entry right through the house and all but one bedroom enjoy water views. Wherever possible, spaces remain open plan (master en suite) to maximise the openness and sense of space. The tones and textures of the materials (timber, stone, carpet, tile) are accentuated over ‘feature’ colours, with highlights added in the soft furnishings and fabrics. The form of the interior cabinetry reflects in Calacutta marble and timber the white box featured on the street elevation (in white render and western red cedar).

The two en suites contained within the off form concrete continue the same rugged materiality internally, softened with crisp fittings, mirror and floor tile. These spaces are naturally illuminated with a feature skylight slicing through the concrete.

Detailing took into consideration the often formidable driving wind and rain to provide weather protection (particularly to the south east) to exclude draft and water.

Coolum Bays Beach House‘ was also awarded as a winner in numerous residential categories at both regional and state level at the BDAQ awards in 2013 and won the overall best residential design in Queensland.


Design Office: Aboda Design Group

Location: Coolum Beach, Queensland, Australia

Constractor: Fauna Homes

Photographs: Paul Smith Images

 

Modern Residence | DIJ Group

This luxurius home is located in Beverly Hills, California, Usa.

It was designed by DIJ Group.

Description by DIJ Group:

Single level built in 2016 with six bedrooms and eight bathrooms on a 33, 579 square foot lot in the prime lower Trousdale Estates section of Beverly Hills. Epic scale with walls of glass that disappear and blur the line between indoors/outdoors. A Fifty foot Zero edge infinity pool and a massive outdoor spa hug both ends of the living room. Designed for large scale entertaining; the vast living room offers exceptionally high ceilings and converts into a luxurious Screening Room as well. A state of the art Bulthaup main Kitchen is backed by a full catering kitchen. Formal Dining Room with a custom fifteen foot fireplace. Lucite temperature controlled double sided wine cellar. Master Suite with views of Beverly Hills, and closets that rival the finest stores on Rodeo Drive. Master Bath clad in book matched calacutta slab marble. Four additional “cabana rooms” each with walls of glass opening to the lush grounds and pool beyond. Attached staff quarters. Private behind discrete gates with a large motor court with ample off street parking. A Radiant Modern Estate in the finest location.


Design Office: DIJ Group
Location: Beverly Hills, California, Usa
Project Year: 2016
Constructor: Boswell Construction
Photographs
: DIJ Group, Boswell Construction


Thirroul House | Jason Miles

The Thirroul House, a 1980s cottage with open living and entertaining space, is located in Thirroul, Australia.

It was builded by Jason Miles.

Description by Jason Miles:

This 1980s cottage needed a significant rear addition to create more open living and entertaining space and give flowing access to the beautiful gardens. Upon a heated polished slab we built lightweight framing to support high ceilings and wide-span openings. The internal walls feature unique curves that seamlessly become the ceiling while streamlined kitchen joinery and extensive light and circulation deliver a true inside-out lifestyle. Again, the key to this job was shared enjoyment of creativity and constant communication.


Build Office: Jason Miles

Location: Thirroul, Australia

Photographs: Courtesy of Jason Miles


Naman Villa | MIA Design Studio

Naman Villa, the elegant and luxury Villa A of  Naman Residence project,  is located in Da Nang, Da Nang, Vietnam.

It was designed by MIA Design Studio.

Description by MIA Design Studio:

Naman Residence project locates on the famous Non Nuoc Beach in Danang Vietnam. The Project contains 40 Villas which is categorized into for type of A, B, C, D. We would like to introduce the architecture and interior of Naman Residence – Villa A

This is a very high quality project which inspires us a lot, require the most elegant and luxury design can adapt high standard of living but still remains the feeling of the beach. The idea is mainly focus on how to maximize privacy for every family but still create vast of pleasure spaces with nature integrating the sea.

To maximize the project’s efficiency, the master-plan is well organized but the way is too narrow with high density. Within this condition, our team’s goal is to make a creative and effective design to not only satisfied maximum privacy but also create extra benefits from natural voids and gardens.

Each villa has multi-dimensional landscape with overflow pools and tropical gardens. For every villa, our design also takes advantage of space using by lifting-twisting the upper block for bedrooms with privacy and open views. The lower block with living-dining-kitchen-bedroom has the direct connection to the pool and landscape. Moreover, we put waterscape into the rooftop of the lower block in order to cool down the whole building and improve the rooftop landscape aesthetically.

Density is now not a big problem, every villa has its own garden filled up with skylights and surrounding green environment. Our design philosophy is how to inside-out the initial using space, outside-in the natural gardens enhancing the luxury-home feeling.

The materials used in constructing the house are local materials to reduce the transporting fee and save the budget of Naman Villa. The design of the house is simple and sleek, so the cost for construction is not so high. The house is constructing with Hurricane protected structure but still remain natural ventilation.


Design Office: MIA Design Studio
Architect in Charge: Nguyen Hoang Manh
Interior Design: Steven Baeteman, Truong Trong Dat
Location: Da Nang, Da Nang, Vietnam
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki


 

Planchonella House | Jesse Bennett Architect

The Planchonella House, a 280,0 m2  home with joyful spaces, is located in Queensland, Australia.

It was designed by Jesse Bennett Architect in 2014.

Description by Jesse Bennett Architect:

Planchonella House was designed with a simple idea in mind- to create a series of joyful spaces to inspire and enrich daily life. Set in tropical north Queensland, the house embraces the heritage rainforest surrounds and utilises experimental passive design methods. The simplistic approach and use of Lo-Fi technologies results in a raw and honest dwelling.

Contours of the site ridgeline have formed basis for the playful lines utilised in concrete profiles. As not to protrude out with the ridge, the profile is mirrored and cuts back in to the ridge. Visual amenity from surrounding lower areas has been maintained with this design in that rather than creating a dominant form on the landscape, it tucks back in at the critical highest most revealing point. The wings created each side of the ridge float into the surrounding rainforest and become part of the tree canopy.

The large flat roof with generous overhang acts as a rainforest canopy above, minimal walls and columns in between allow for un-obstructed views and moments to be shared with the landscape. This omission of boundaries between inside and outside gives an openness and quality of space that is surreal, living completely within and engulfed by a beautiful landscape. The resolution of plan follows a purely functional approach to use of space, privacy, visual connection and passive design principles.

The plan wraps around the courtyard space, which is considered the second hearth (after the kitchen) or perhaps lungs to the entire dwelling. The courtyard contributes much to the house and its occupants, it is an oasis that provides sun, light, ventilation, happiness, activity, visual stimulation, and entertainment. It also provides connection to the surrounding rainforest, connection from one part of the house to another, and acts as the focal node to the promenade experience of moving through the house.


Design Office: Jesse Bennett Architect
Location: Queensland, Australia
Interior Designer: Anne-Marie Campagnolo
Area: 280.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Sean Fennessy


Stone House | Slee & Co. Architects

The Stone House, a home for a young family, is located in Pretoria, South Africa.

It was designed by Slee & Co. Architects.

Description by Slee & Co. Architects:

We were commissioned to design a home for a young family with two adventurous boys. The clients bought a hectare stand in a rural estate with a ‘koppie’ (a small hill rising up from the African veld) and a magnificent view over the landscape to the east of Pretoria. They wanted a home where all of this could become part of their lives. The design consists of a series of over scaled, red, “ysterklip” walls reminiscent of the dry-packed kraal walls in and around Pretoria. These stone walls, housing all the services, were staggered and positioned in such a way to create sheltered spaces between them; privacy from the neighbors on the sides and their main function to concentrate and frame the important east and the west views. All the stone were collected from the site. Carefully placed roof lights allows north light to wash into the house against the stonewalls, compensating for the east/west orientation of the site. To the west the home opens up to the koppie where the kids have their tree house and secret forest hides. To the east the house concentrates on the magnificent views down the axis of the red stonewalls. The veldt was re-established and allowed to grow back, the kitchen garden and children play lawn to the back of the home and the private court gardens at the bathrooms are the only areas cultivated. The stone wall at the entrance leads you in from the south with an entrance gallery intersecting all the stone walls and spaces beyond, drama is added with light streaming in from the top and views confronting you to the right and left upon entering their spaces. The first space you intersect is the main living space, the dining room facing the koppie on the west and open plan kitchen hidden in the stonewall. To the east the living room extends out onto a covered terrace and open fire ring terrace with the view as its focus. The second space belongs to the kids with their bedrooms leading off their koppie. The rumpus room opens up onto the exercise lap pool framed by the stonewalls growing out of the water. The third, and more private, space belongs to the main bedroom suite, gym and guestroom/studio all with their private court gardens and bathrooms. Relaxed-muted, low maintenance finishes are used throughout with the red stone complimenting the client’s love for colour and texture. Sandstone planks are used in the bathrooms and outside areas where a non-slip surface is required. Granolithic floors make up the rest of the floor areas.


Design Office: Slee & Co. Architects
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Slee & Co. Architects