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Blairgowrie Back Beach by Wolveridge Architects

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, November 22, 2013

The Blairgowrie Back Beach can be found in Blairgowrie, Australia, and was designed by Wolveridge Architects. The clients, a young city family, wished for a home that would allow for plenty of outdoor space, and offer a stark contrast to their weekday urban lifestyle. Given the awkward land contours on the site, not to mention the fact that the landscape is in fact partial sand dune territory, architects created a sleek elevated structure, with a playroom for the kids hidden underneath. Recycled timbers and blackened plywood walls characterise the residence, while laser cut screens employing a breeze block motif lend the structure detail and dappled shade during the day. 

Casa do Patio by Leo Romano

Anna Coe - Thursday, November 14, 2013

Simple in its overall design, Casa do Patio by Leo Romano harks back to modern Brazilian architecture with straight lines and a focus on open plan living. As with a lot of modern Brazilian homes, the interior and grounds are completely hidden from the outside by a surrounding wall, but here the point of difference lies in the addition of geometric pattern detailing. Once inside, the central courtyard is the integral point, and from here all areas of the house can be viewed or accessed, making for quite the contrast to the exterior.

Casa Cubo by Isay Weinfeld

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Casa Cubo was designed by noted Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld as a private gallery and guest house for two art collectors, in Sau Paulo's Jardins district. The aim was to create a house the couple could use to present exhibitions, host parties and house guests during events such as the São Paulo's Art Biennial. 

The 3-storey dwelling features a double-height living room on the ground floor, with white walls and a poured concrete floor - an ideal canvas for displaying artwork and a selection of designer furniture pieces. Glass doors frame one side of the ground floor area, spilling out to a terrace, garden and lily pond, while a statement spiral staircase made from Brazilian ironwood links two floors. Suspended from above, it appears to be floating just above the floor. 

Yet another stunning example of modern Brazilian architecture in all it's spacious glory. 

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Niemeyer's Brasilia by Andrew Prokos

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, October 11, 2013

Captivating night photographs of the Brazilian capital were taken by photographer Andrew Prokos. The series is titled 'Niemeyer's Brasilia' after the surreal architecture of the Oscar Niemeyer, who was a strong force in shaping the Brazilian capital for over 50 years.

Plane House by K-Studio

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, October 07, 2013

This idyllic holiday home, otherwise known as the Plane House, is located on the Aegean island of Skiathos, Greece. Strong horizontal lines dictate the structure's form, the twin L-shapes creating a surprisingly serene effect, blending into a backdrop of pine trees and allowing virtually every room panoramas across the ocean. The dwelling is a paragon of indoor-outdoor living, the owners wishing to abandon all divisions. Despite a largely minimalist aesthetic, the home is not without its surprises. A pine tree explodes out of an overhang, piercing an outdoor room, while a grid of dried palm fronds hang above a dining table, dappled sunlight streaming through to the diners below. Plenty of natural materials have been used throughout, from iroko wood decking on the sea-ward terrace, to drystone walls and mosaic slate walls. 

A stunning example of breezy summertime living. 

Revisiting a classic: Strick House by Oscar Niemeyer ll

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, September 20, 2013

Legendary Brazilian modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer only built one residential structure in the United States, barred by left-wing political ties that ruffled feathers from right-wing power players. The Strick House, as it was named, was built in 1963 on the Santa Monica hillside for film director Joseph Strick and recently became the property of Michael and Gabrielle Boyd. T-shaped in plan, with a flat roof, high studs in the public spaces and an expansive, immaculately garden areas, the house blends American sensibilities with Niemeyer's sculptural tendencies.

Vienna Way by Marmol Radziner

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Designed for a young family, the Vienna Way residence sits upon an extensively landscaped property in Venice, California. Floor-to-ceiling glass and a plethora of outdoor living spaces fully integrate the home within the native landscape. 

Due to narrow site constraints, Marmol Radziner architects divided living spaces into thirds, with the two main volumes placed on the outer edges of the property, bridged by a sunken kitchen in the center. Formal living and dining areas are combined in the southern space, flowing out onto an outdoor dining terrace. More casual, private spaces can be found in the northern part of the structure, including a family room, with an office and bedrooms on the first and second floors respectively. 

A second-story hallway offers views of the green roof above the kitchen and the tree laden landscape below. Lastly, the kitchen acts as the dwelling's central social hub, connecting private and public areas and providing views of the pool area, the perfect vantage point for keeping an eye on little ones. Inside, wood panelling has been used extensively throughout all main living areas, bringing a sense of warmth that's enhanced by plush carpeting and strong black accents. 

Vienna Way is an impeccably designed, creative family home that answers a myriad of needs, while navigating the property's constraints with ease. 

Between Time by Gisbert Pöppler & Erik Hofstetter

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Monday, September 02, 2013

Between Time is a pop up exhibition hosted in Berlin by interior architect Gisbert Pöppler and vintage furniture dealer Erik Hofstetter. The pair, in an effort to showcase interior design in Germany, have commandeered a former 19th Century hardware store, combining interior elements, fine art, and home furnishings with objects from 1900 to present day. The worn down décor of the building creates tension, breaking with the conventions of typical white walled showroom culture. Available from viewing until September 10th. 

Genets 3 by Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners II

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

This spacious Belgium residence was designed byGenets 3 by Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners II, and is found in the lush and leafy countryside. Designed as a place to unwind and relax, high stud ceilings and ample use of glass ensure the owners are connected to the surrounding area, while an upper level private master bedroom guarantees the upmost privacy, and a view out over the tree tops.

View Hill House by Denton Corker Marshall

Madeline Saxton-Beer - Friday, July 26, 2013

Decidedly majestic and statuesque, one storey hangs precariously over the other at the View Hill House in the winemaking region of Victoria, Australia. The isolated hilltop residence was designed by Denton Corker Marshall architects and assumes king-pin position in the middle of a 32-hectare vineyard. A dramatic cantilever defines the striking silhouette, the overall effect being that the structure looks as if it had been dropped on the hill. Rusting steel wraps the lower unit while the upper has walls of black aluminum.