Houses are the shells in which we create our lives. They may be freestanding houses, attached houses or apartments. When we inhabit them, we give them character and life, and they become our homes. Equally they can open opportunities to us by the way they shape and mould our day-to-day lives and relationships. They can raise the experience of each day to a different level.
Those who weren’t paying attention might have missed the fact that 2004 was the Year of the Built Environment. One of the significant events to mark this was the Houses of the Future exhibition that showcased a series of six prototype houses, each utilising one material: concrete, clay, cardboard, steel, timber, and glass.
Alexander Tzannes has built a reputation as one of Australia’s leading contemporary architects. Admired by the wider public and much awarded by his peers, his large Sydney practice produces a steady stream of quality architecture ranging from single houses to multi-unit housing and through to commercial and public projects.
A chance meeting in someone else’s office led to Workshop One’s first project, the major overhaul of a waterfront house at Sydney’s exclusive Palm Beach. On the strength of this commission, the two architects, Lee and Ashley Dunn, from diverse backgrounds, formed their new architectural practice and they haven’t looked back yet.
The brief to architect David Boyle for this project included his clients requirement for a ‘wow’ factor when they arrived home. Their rationale was that if they were to spend a truck load of money on the alterations and extensions to their home, they wanted to really see something for it. True enough, when this writer visits, ‘wow’ is his first comment.
Pyrmont has been a focus of architectural and planning discussion overthe last fifteen years. Its unique peninsula location adjacent the Sydney CBD and its abandoned industrial heritage landscape left it a prime site for what urban designer’s call an, ‘urban village’. A provocative idea, however intangible that term may be.
Have you heard the news? Lawyers have discovered design. At least some of the staff at the Sydney office of Deacons are working in some seriously swish interiors. This is largely thanks to the cool hand of Melbourne’s Carr Design who are working with them on the re-modelling of their national network of practices.
Grahame Rowe didn’t know what his next move was going to be. He had been living in Holland for three years, working at curating art shows to bring back to Australia. Fortunately for him, he met a friend of a friend who was looking for a designer to help set up the new premises for the renowned Taylor Square Private Clinic.