It is quite rare, in Woollahra Council’s municipality, to have a waterfront residence so close to the water. One gets the feeling of being in Sydney Harbour when looking out of the over-sized wafer-thin framed windows. Luigi Rosselli Architects won a limited architectural competition to develop the site by proposing to revive the existing three storey house while the competitors opted for a clean slate solution. Adaptive reuse is the best way to keep a carbon footprint small and the strategy was rewarded in this waterfront property by maintaining the foreshore building line just a few steps from the water. A new house would have to be set further back. Though built on the edge of beach this is not a beach house. The cultured art lovers and sophisticated art collectors who commissioned this project required a very urbane and elegant residence, with an environment ideal to display their collection. Expansive Wall spaces, nooks for sculptures and specialised art lighting were necessary. The entry courtyard was originally a cramped driveway with three garages as main features, the solution was to relocate the garages and have a Will Dangar designed courtyard with sculptural plants and textural architectural details. The result restored a sense of dignified arrival where people, not cars, are welcome.
Harbour Front-Row Seat, Sydney, Australia, by Luigi Rosselli Architects
Photography by Edward Birch and Justin Alexander
Initiated by the American Hardwood Export Council and Benchmark Furniture, The Wish List brings together a stellar list of architects and designers for a unique collaborative project. The project invited designers and studios to use American hardwood to create an object for an established figure in the architecture and design industry. Zaha Hadid’s brief was simple and open: to create some form of tableware made from wood. So she teamed up with Gareth Neal to craft two sculptural oak vases.
The water carafe idea emerged from considering the liquid nature of Zaha Hadid’s work, but juxtaposing it with a functional element to contain water within. Through using the traditional vessel form as a starting point and subverting its appearance to dramatic extremes, mimicking traditional carving technique Gareth Neal hopes the pieces will embed the design with a sense of the handmade through the arm of a robot, questioning the viewer’s perceptions of craft and the handmade.
The garden, titled ‘Equilibrium’ has revealed some key new trends in landscaping for 2015 and signals a return to soft, useable spaces where greenery is used in place of traditional ‘hard’ landscaping elements to create structure and symmetry in nature. Some of the garden’s key features include a cantilevered arbor which wraps around the perimeter to create an architectural ‘frame’ in which the rest of the garden sits.
In the centre of the garden a custom-designed fire pit is framed by two perennial garden beds which inject colour and fun to break up the formality of the surrounding features. The seating area is paved with intricate stone work which continues along the garden’s base, interspersed with soft lawn areas and a pond which is subtly tiled with Italian glass.
The living pergolas, which stand approximately 3m tall and have been grown over a five year period, represent a return to nature as an architectural centerpiece, using organic material to create the built form, which Burkett says is a key recurring theme in his design.
Equilibrium, Melbourne, Australia by Nathan Burkett
Photography by John Wheatley
Lee Broom transforms a street of disused shops to create ‘The Department Store’, his largest exhibition to date with the launch of over twenty new products presented as an immersive journey through a dramatic series of interconnected department store-inspired sets.
The Department Store, by Lee Broom
Located on the 30+ floor in the highest and most prominent building of the city, the Esentai Tower, this apartment is aimed to be a place for sensory and intellectual stimulation as well as a refuge for reflection and relaxation. The brief for the project was to create a setting purely for leisure, mainly intended for weekend breaks or short stays. The space was equipped with everything necessary for a luxurious multi-sensory experience celebrating a very unique setting. Initially intended as a three-bedroom apartment the layout was turned into a luxurious one-bedroom loft-style space.
The L-shaped floorplan was composed with a clear spatial hierarchy between social and private areas. It reveals 270° city views while „leaning“ against the impressive setting of the surrounding Tian-Shan mountains. The scope of the project encompassed the complete spatial planning, interior architecture and engineering. This included the design and selection of all surfaces, lights, built-in furniture elements, kitchen units, loose & bespoke furniture pieces, accessories, design editions and a curated, bespoke art selection. The experience is a new sensation of space, elegantly flowing without interruption.
RIZ Apartment, Almaty, Kazakhstan, by COORDINATION
The external structure is composed of a cube volume and perforated metal envelope. The volume extracts cut-outs to create pockets of space that provide a pyramidical stepping down along the roof, a void along the entrance and private glass patios with terraces for living areas of the house. Using a material with holes on both sides aims to make an abstract interpretation of the texture of classical villas in the historical suburb. The crosses brace the frames of panels and create identity like façade ornaments on historical citizen villas.
The internal volume embodies two elements: exposed structural concrete walls and a wooden shell. The brief was to maximize living area with minimum of the service space. The concept divides space based on distinct program by separating function not by walls but floor levels: ground floor is living/communal space, first floor is children area and second floor parents area. With no cellar, the shell is integral to provide all of the space for storage. The flush walls fold out to house cupboards, shelves and drawers throughout the living areas and furniture is built into the floor in order to optimize space and provide easy maintenance. This connects different spaces in the house by giving a common function to partitions.
Villa Criss-Cross Envelope, Ljubljana, Slovenia by OFIS Architects
Photography by Tomaz Gregoric
Through joy and elegance, the bathroom can be elevated to the same level of importance as the living room. Hayon brings his characterful design and the idea of elegance to the bathroom, with the same attention to craft and emotion as he applies to lounge chairs and sofas. Hayon brings 10 years of further development to bear in a new bathroom collection, through noble materials such as marble, wood, and of course stainless steel. Materico brings glamour – together with function – back to bathrooms.
Materico, by Jaime Hayon, for Toyo Kitchen Style
The new product family designed by David Chipperfield, consisting of a solid wood table, bench and stool, distinctly features the pure use of material and a clear design language, which are shared aesthetics of e15 and David Chipperfield. Originally conceived for an architectural project in the English countryside, the table FAYLAND elegantly highlights linear forms and a clear structural concept. Oriented to the design of table FAYLAND, David Chipperfield completes the solid wood family for e15 with bench FAWLEY and stool LANGLEY.
The interior of this tri-level reveals exposed steel framework with diagonal and vertical bracing intermittently appearing and disappearing throughout the walls, ceiling and floors. The untrammeled view of the surrounding forest through the floor to ceiling glazing in the penthouse, gives one the sense of being among the trees. A giant twelve foot wooden door gives way to the porte-cochere twenty seven feet in length. Providing protection from the elements and while complimenting the gently curved circular drive. The cantilever, supported by an iconic V, allows the house to carry the majority of its space off the ground, minimizing the site footprint. This eco-conscious pattern is further demonstrated with a rainwater collection cistern which supplies ground irrigation and water for the pool. The Treehouse pays further homage to the nature that surrounds, with a partially covered rooftop terrace that spans two thousand square feet. Outdoor living in luxury can be enjoyed regardless of the weather. Corner windows provide panoramic views of the rolling landscape while the penthouse level bestows an awe-inspiring view of the surrounding forest and beyond lays the Niagara Falls skyline.
The Treehouse, Pelham, Ontario, Canada by Forestgreen Creations
Photography by Lisa Petrole
This is a small yet complex project of a duplex apartment renovation. The apartment combines modern elements by using materials in their raw form: exposed concrete wall, iron stairs and furniture, a terrazzo floor, poured on-site and unpainted wood. The space created by the new stairwell, divides the movement and the axis of the existing space in a way that creates a dramatic architectural cross section through the apartment, links the different levels and allows natural light to penetrate the building through glass skylights inserted into the roof of the upper floor. The new cross section creates a double space with transparent glass and a system of moveable wooden slats that makes it possible to create a view between the spaces or to allow privacy and natural light control.
The restraint and scale of the apartment design avoiding the use of gimmicks make it into a “timeless architecture”. Despite the fact that the apartments has a small area, the spaces feel large and spacious. The wide and open views out to the scenery and in between the neighbourhood buildings create the feeling of a light and airy space. The border between the interior spaces and the balconies is almost totally blurred by a thin glass panel system. The use of the same flooring, purred terrazzo, both inside and outside also contributes to this feeling of continuity.
Y Duplex Penthouse, Tel Aviv, Israel, by Pitsou Kedem Architect Pitsou Kedem Architects
Photography by Amit Geron