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An essential, Japanese-inspired vision for a cottage has evolved from renovation to new build, yielding a crisp, modern conclusion.
Renovating, altering and extending hold the romantic allure of combining existing, sometimes historic parts of a building into a new iteration. However, compared to a fresh start, working with old masonry, plumbing and roofing is often fraught with frustrations, both foreseeable and not.
Lacing the traditional townhouse typology with innovative touches, Kavellaris Urban Design have created functional, elegant homes that subtly play on their context.
Lacing the traditional townhouse typology with innovative touches, Kavellaris Urban Design have created functional, elegant homes that subtly play on their context.
As with many successful creative endeavours, Project Zero had to overcome a series of challenges. The story begins with a couple seeking to renovate an existing, inner-city Brisbane Old Queenslander to accommodate their young family, meanwhile aiming for a high degree of energy efficiency (the target being zero energy consumption, hence the name). It quickly became clear that despite their romantic reputation, the desired house typology was both prohibitively expensive, and poorly equipped for energy efficient design.
A country club where the city meets the bush showcases a quintessentially Australian response to recreation among nature. Tucked behind the Upper Nepean nature reserve north of Sydney, at the gateway to the Southern Highlands, Lendlease’s Bingara Gorge development embodies the area’s combination of small town prosperity and semi-rural tranquillity.
Community is a term that means different things to different people. Fundamentally, it’s about how we create space, and for what purpose. Togetherness? Places in which to live and work. Places where the use of space should be artful, intelligent, and eminently practical. Spaces where you can be alone – or together with others, depending on the mood and the occasion.

In good measure the Melbourne architectural practice, Croxon Ramsay, has succeeded in designing a facility that builds neighbourhood capacity, a case in point being the Saltwater Community Centre at Point Cook, which lies within the City of Wyndham on Melbourne’s outer west. One of Victoria’s largest growing municipalities, Wyndham’s population is booming, having more than doubled since 2006. To accommodate this phenomenal expansion, the city had good reason to build 10 community centres over a ten-year period, Saltwater being the most recent.

In May 2016, Living Edge launched its newest boutique furniture display/workspace at Robertson Road in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. Located close to the intersection of Robertson Road and James Street, the showroom adds further emphasis to what has become, in less than three years or so, Brisbane’s foremost precinct showcasing designer products.

This striking new space with its selection of remarkable furniture sourced from around the world follows the successful launch of the firm’s Sydney flagship store in 2015. It also marks the second stage of an entirely new and innovative approach to retail and workplace design

The Hawthorns is a Gothic Revival mansion that the Addams Family would be proud to live in. Looming high on a rise overlooking the Yarra River and on to Richmond and the city centre beyond, it was designed in 1845 by the distinguished architect John Gill.

Just around the corner from this bluestone pile is Revival, a contemporary reinterpretation of that style by the emerging Melbourne architecture firm of Honeyman + Smith.


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