Designed by MATT Architecture to take maximum advantage of the changes to UK Permitted Development rules brought in during 2013, this project more than doubled the area of the original building and now provides enough space for two families to holiday together without stepping on each other’s toes. Photography by George Fielding.
The Taringa house is a project designed by Loucas Zahos Architects, originally a worker’s cottage is located along Stanley Terrace, a traditional street lined with character housing. The program, driven by the desire to accommodate the majority of family activity within the addition, has generated two juxtaposed but contrasting building forms defined in this text as the ‘old’ and the ‘new’. photography by Christopher Frederick Jones.
Cedofeita is a project designed by Meireles Arquitectos. The main purpose of the intervention was to maintain the existing building, providing it with the necessary elements to give it new habitability. To achieve all the goals of the intervention, it was proposed to do a full renovation, where demolitions of degraded elements were carried out throughout the interior, and distinctive building elements were recovered/replaced. photography by João Morgado.
Set into a steep hillside of Sullivan Canyon in Pacific Palisades, the San Remo Residence designed by Magni Kalman Design organizes stacked volumes toward the North with panoramic views of the natural landscape and the Getty beyond. The parti of the house is composed of two vertical and horizontal volumes on a stone limestone plinth, rooted into the rugged hillside. Strong vertical and horizontal lines of wood and steel delineate the home’s outline amongst the dense native flora that occupies the canyon, complimenting the wildness of nature’s patterns. The home’s southern edge is pulled away from the property line and recessed to allow southern light to dive into the residence’s entry-level and the main corridors. A five-foot module is vertically integrated and rhythmically defines the glazing system with horizontal mullions extending the lines of the upper floors to complete this diagrammatic score on the North and aligned with the Afromosia wood facade on the South. Photography by Manolo Langis.
Green Walls & Gables is a project designed by Matter. An existing bungalow occupied the site when we were first engaged. The young family of 5 living within required more space and a greater connection to the land. The decision was made to work with the existing bungalow, there was a love for this house, choosing to embrace the inherit constraints. Photography by Simon Devitt.
This large five-bedroom house designed by InForm is an exercise in simplicity and compositional rigor, with a nod to mid-century modernism. Timber battens and hit and miss brickwork animates an otherwise solid, protective façade, which is softened by the material texture of painted reclaimed bricks and oiled timber. Photography by Derek Swalwell.
However the cottage designed by Matter did have a character that they wished to keep and enhance, while doing so reconnecting with the large flat corner site. Cars were a low priority, bikes being the preferred transportation method. Photography by Simon Devitt.
Gore Residence is a project designed by Level Architecture Incorporated. Level was asked by a young couple to design a new house in McKinley Park, an up-and-coming neighborhood on Chicago’s southwest side. The block consists of predominantly 1 1/2 story single family wood-framed homes. Like other Chicago neighborhoods, at some point in its history the streets and sidewalks were raised, presumably for flooding reasons. Photography by Scott Shigley.
Casa Erre is a project designed by ZDA | Zupelli Design Architettura. Essential, minimalist, harmonious: the “Casa Erre” intervention concerned the interior part, from the subdivision of the spaces to the chromatic choices of the finishes, passing through the design of custom-made furniture, characterized by a furniture completely shaped around the space, to enhance it in the sign of simplicity (of the forms) and continuity (in the materials). These include wood veneer, Canaletto walnut finishes contrasted by black lacquered inlays, as well as aluminium and glass elements in the same shades of black. The doors, hidden in the cabinets, through the disappearing effect, reinforce the idea of total cleanliness and geometric rigor that distinguishes the intervention, while amplifying the accents of rationality and functionality, with the intention of creating an elegant and pragmatic atmosphere.
Birch Park is a project designed by Matter. “Our clients envisioned the project as a generational home, for their own children, grandparents, and greater family in general. It was important to incorporate and interpret aspects of Chilean and Japanese design philosophies into the project. After much collaboration and iteration the home was resolved as a series of pavilions, interlocking with the landscape, allowing the site to flow through the built forms. Photography by Simon Devitt, Jackie Meiring.