Promenade Residence by BGD Architects

Promenade Residence by BGD Architects

Architecture: BGD Architects
Location: Isle of Capri, QueenslandAustralia
Size: 6,523 sqft / 606 sqm

Arranged on a select private road, the proprietor bought this waterfront property with the perspective to draw in a planner to make their fantasy home. The house was intended for a group of four with the brief to accomplish perfect spaces for work, rest and play.

_MG_6290The interior arranging required a cunning parity to accomplish a place of private spaces with expanded standpoints to the Surfers Paradise horizon. Corten steel screens wrap the first floor rooms giving a cover to the room spaces confronting the waterway and the street.


The way to deal with the house, displays an organized and grounded configuration, adjusted by the fragile screen example and delicate arranging. Around evening time, the house changes to a gleaming light, inviting visitors for the perspectives to come. Section by means of the side arbor bit by bit opens upon a liberal inside patio which looks through the primary living range, surrounding the city horizon. A noteworthy configuration highlight was the incorporation of an extravagance two story space to the waterfront edge with custom twofold story sliding entryways. This empowers perspectives to be brought directly into the house’s heart and over the inner yard to the road receiving areas.



Every layer of coating and the waterfront screens can be hauled back verging on outside of anyone’s ability to see to permit the house to breath easily throughout the day. Louvered coating has been used all through the home to advance cross ventilation by means of normal breezes. The indoor/open air waterfront room, gives a multifunctional augmentation that profits by the property district and atmosphere conditions.


The outside gets done with including reused timber, corten steel and cleaned cement give a low support and contemporary arrangement. The inner completions compliment the outer shading pallete and give a functional and wonderful tasteful. Underground water tanks, sun oriented high temp water and LED lighting were joined to guarantee proficient living for the proprietors and diminished natural effect.

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Rostov country house by Chado

Rostov country house by Chado

Architects: Chado
Location: Rostov, Russia
Year: 2014
Area: 4,198 sqft / 390 sqm
Photo courtesy: Inna Kablukova

Uncovered basic components of the rooftop makes a complex spatial play, which turned into the overwhelming engineering and imaginative sythesis. Individual elements of the house is a two-sided chimney, “working” on the inside and on the patio. The dividers of the house are made of an artistic piece, lined with blocks hand-forming, the rooftop is secured with clay tiles and documented conditioned board.

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Woollahra Residence by Tzannes Associates

Woollahra Residence by Tzannes Associates

Architects: Tzannes Associates
Location: SydneyAustralia
Year: 2015
Photo courtesy: Michael Nicholson


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Modern barn which is the companion building to a small stone ranch house

Modern barn which is the companion building to a small stone ranch house

Architects: Jobe Corral Architects
Location: Austin, United States
Year: 2017
Photo courtesy: Jobe Corral Architects

“Barns are where you store the equipment needed to maintain your property, farm your land or feed your livestock. They are repair shops. They shelter from the elements. They are where the day begins and ends. This modern barn is the companion building to a small stone ranch house. Its operations- fishing, planting, harvesting and restoring the land to its original state- are modest in scale, but meaningful to the land’s occupants.

The barn is organized around a breezeway that separates the car garage from a greenhouse and smaller ATV garage. The breezeway serves as a work space and a place for the gathering and sorting of tools for the day. Barn doors open at each end to make access for ranch vehicles, the wind, and the sun. The dogtrot style building is oriented to capture summer breezes and provides an airy, shaded refuge from the heat of the day.

To the north side of the breezeway, the greenhouse provides space for planting seedlings, washing produce, and cleaning fish. The large, north-facing steel windows are operable and provide cross-ventilation through the room. The use of natural materials, such as limestone and cedar, combined with clean lines and minimal steel detailing lets the beauty of the surrounding ranch speak for itself.”


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Duplex Penthouse in Astor Place Towerby Charles Gwathmey and Robert Siegel

Duplex Penthouse in Astor Place Towerby Charles Gwathmey and Robert Siegel

Location: at the intersection of Lafayette Street, Astor Place and Fourth Avenue, New York City

Area: 4,411 square foot

Photos:  EllimanScott France, David Sundberg

Price: $10 million


The Astor Place Tower is a 21-story mixed use commercial and residential condominium containing 13,000 square feet of retail space and 39 museum–quality architectural loft residences.

Designed by Charles Gwathmey and Robert Siegel and completed in 2006, the “sculpture for living” is located on one of New York City’s primary urban squares at the intersection of Lafayette Street, Astor Place and Fourth Avenue.



This 4,411 square foot duplex penthouse located on the 17th and 18th floors of the building features three bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, a 664 square foot mezzanine and a 538 square foot terrace on the upper floor with unparalleled views of Manhattan.



Modern dormer with a low sweeping roof that opens up to an amazing view of Portland

Modern dormer with a low sweeping roof that opens up to an amazing view of Portland

Architects: Giulietti Schouten Architects
Location: PortlandOregonUSA
Year: 2016
Photo courtesy: David Papazian

“This 1957 mid-century modern house sits on a 1 acre lot in SW Portland with an incredible view looking east toward the river and SE Portland. The single bedroom, 2-bedroom guest house residence needed a more functional floor plan. 2 bedrooms were added to an upper level addition, and the guest house was cut in half to include 1 bedroom, 1 bath, and kitchenette + entertaining space.

Adding a main level addition with the existing U-shaped plan left limited options with the house’s location on a steep hillside. The existing home featured low and sleek rooflines with large, thin gables, making a second level addition a challenging design problem. Ultimately, the design retained the existing and characteristic roofs while forming a second-level addition into the existing volume.

In discovering a tapered upper level floor plan, we were able to diminish the scale of the addition while pulling the exterior wall inward, centering the city views. The result is a large, modern dormer, with a low sweeping roof that opens up to an amazing view of Portland.”


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Concept that provide a youthful, social and do-it-yourself no frills accommodation for independent travelers

Concept that provide a youthful, social and do-it-yourself no frills accommodation for independent travelers

Architects: Self Designed
Location: San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Year: 2016
Area: 4.789 ft²/ 445 m²
Photo courtesy: Mike Arce, Rafael Gamo

“In 2012 a run down 6 one bedroom apartment building on 600 square meters of land in the up and coming Art District in San Jose del Cabo’s colonial center was purchased with a goal to provide an upscale hostel in one of Mexico’s most expensive resort towns – an alternative to the array of expensive ocean front luxury resorts.

The concept was to provide a youthful, social and do-it-yourself no frills accommodation for independent travelers who prefer adventure and culture over all inclusive. The renovation was done on a shoestring and consisted of turning the original 6 apartments into 8 hotel rooms, a staff kitchen office and laundry, guest coffee bar and retail space.

Leaving the original structure – but removing all aluminum windows, ceramic tiles, lighting, wood closets, doors, fixtures, and architectural flourishes-.


Partition walls were added, windows were enlarged, custom steel rolling doors were built, rustic concrete floors, patios, beds, and sinks were poured. In the second year a fire pit, bar, and swimming pool were added. In the third year, a hammock tower, food cart patio and event space were added.

Other upgrades included new propane, a water cistern, hot water and air conditioning. Minimal landscaping included crushed gravel, locally made bricks and the preservation of .15 seventy-five-year-old palms original to the property.”

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Twin Houses by Ekler Architect

Twin Houses by Ekler Architect

Architects: Ekler Architect
Location: Hungary
Year: 2012
Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky

The twin houses, by Ekler Architect drove by Dezső Ekler, stand in a greenhouse suburb of a city in East Hungary. The customers, two great companions wished to fabricate just somewhat diverse houses which are arranged on a slope secured by acacia forest. The two-story structures contain administration rooms in the storm cellar (carport, health room, stockpiling, mechanical room) and living territories, rooms on the ground floor confronting the slope.


The roomy site offered an opportunity to find and shape the houses openly. The blessed South-East introduction and the wonderful perspective both crash into the methodology. Consequently, arranged to that bearing a cantilevered structure encourages the living regions overhanging over the carports. Side loggias turning out from the principle volume oblige the agent visitor entryway on the east side and the patio nursery exit on the west.


The creation of the structures depends on the revolution of three volumes around a base point which assigns the individual spaces to ideal positions, and gives differing visual character to the houses from each side perspective.



The entryway is arranged in the center, at the tightest of the building. Before it the kitchen, lounge area and front room lie with full scene and direct association with the patio nursery. The rooms are moved back toward the north adds of the building. The house was assembled of fortified solid structure, with block infill dividers. The converging wings of the building are portrayed by diverse claddings: block and thermo wood yet with corresponding allotments on the two structures.



Thorncrest House by Altius Architecture

Thorncrest House by Altius Architecture

Architects: Graham Smith of Altius Architecture
Location: Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Year: 2012
Area: 6,500 square foot
Photos: Greg Van Riel

This new present day home obliges a group of 6 and their visitors. Private spaces are organized to take into consideration an open idea space with twofold tallness parlor encompassed by a catwalk.


Specific consideration was paid to normal light introduction at the storm cellar exit, facilitating its move to review by means of an indented pool, deck and grass patios. Shading is given by profound rooftop overhangs and cantilevered volumes.


The home’s particular blue zinc cladding and Spanish cedar accents make a special road vicinity.




Single-family residence located on a large, flat plot in Primavera, Brazil

Single-family residence located on a large, flat plot in Primavera, Brazil

Architects: Studio Colnaghi Arquitetura
Location: Primavera, Brazil
Year: 2017
Area: 5.188 ft²/ 482 m²
Photo courtesy: Vanessa Bohn – Denise Wichmann

“Casa A + C is a single-family residence located on a large, flat plot with connection to two streets, close to the Porto Alegre – Metropolitan Region, in Dois Irmãos. Next to the residence, there was an extension, next to the swimming pool, to support the leisure activities of the family. Thus, the project arises through a need to expand the space and potentiate its use, but maintaining the connection with the amplitude of the place. In addition, the family realized the need to complement the home to welcome their friends and family members without worrying about the routine and the organization of the house.

In this way, the project in question, through its formal gesture, maintains the hierarchy of the house, since all activities are incorporated in a single volume with horizontal predominance. The emphasis of this solution is consolidated by the connection of the indoor and outdoor space, whose closures occur through large glass frames.

The central idea of the project is that the program would be all protected by a single plan, including the swimming pool and the shelter for the cars. The solution of providing retractable glass cover to the pool is justified by the variability of the local climate and therefore can be used at different times of the year. In addition, we pursued to create a program inside the pool, previously plain, with space for relaxation, streak and seats so that the family would use it more often. The intervention also reached other areas such as the remodeling of external access, the new landscaping design and the revitalization of the sports court. In the materiality, the emphasis of the elements as the natural wood that appears in several points of the project, as well as the stone. The grand balcony is an invitation to contemplate the external environment and the large openings dissolve the boundaries between open and closed space.”



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AJ & CO office that opens up to river and city views

AJ & CO office that opens up to river and city views

Architects: Ellivo Architects
Location: Brisbane City, Australia
Year: 2017
Photo courtesy: Mindi Cooke

“AJ & CO is a very young and vibrant business, bursting with enthusiasm and we were very excited by their vision to move into a larger premises. As they were taking over a large existing floor we had a modest budget with which to create their dream – the arrival to a law firm that was to be very AJ & Co.

Situated on level 18 of waterfront place the foyer opens up to river and city views. There is no reception welcome, just a welcoming space, ipad sign in and then onto the lounge. Complete with bar and spaces to meet and relax.

The challenge was to take a tired fitout and create a feel that reflects the brand. With minimal changes to partitions we managed to envelop the space in AJ & Co. The transformation of the arrival and the office spaces provided AJ & CO with a spaces that they loved and enjoyed.”


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Location: AthensGreece
Photo courtesy: Ioanna Roufopoulou

The house is vertically developed in 3 levels: entrance, living room, kitchen & dining room in the first level, one master bedroom, 2 bedrooms, bathroom in the second level, playroom & utility rooms in the basement.


The architectural synthesis is formed in an “L” shape, in which the core/point of reference is the courtyard/pool. Every space is developed in the perimeter of the courtyard and therefore, through the existence of light & water, a dynamic relation of view, luminosity & reflection is created between the inside & outside spaces. The concept is implemented through and with the creation of a 3d polyline (exposed concrete) & a wall (local stone).


The polyline divides the house vertically between the “public” spaces and the “private” ones in the second level. The ground floor, through the extensive use of glass, becomes transparent and unifies the indoor spaces with the outdoor ones. So, for example, the kitchen is extended up to the bbq area. On the other hand, the bedrooms on the second level are “protected” in the maximum degree.



The stone wall delimits the basic entrance of the house and also, by creating a boundary for the living room, emphasizes the relation between the house and the courtyard. The position of this stone wall is very important for the house itself as it protects from the northern winds during the wintertime.


In the upper level, a recess has been created in order to stress the position of the main entrance and also to provide adequate light to all the spaces of the house.


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Challenging design of a residence by A1Architecture

Challenging design of a residence by A1Architecture

Architects: A1Architecture
Location: Lavasan, Iran
Year: 2014
Area: 5.812 ft²/ 540 m²
Photo courtesy: Arash Ashourinia

“Connecting the view of surrounding environment which includes far away mountains, lake, trees and all the elements in background to the form and elevation of the building was the significant challenge of this design.

So the city landscape at the back count as the buildings backyard and these two will work together and they are meaningless without each other.

Based on this idea we designed a flexible integrated shell which starts from the city landscape and will move along the floor to the walls and will end up on the ceiling while forming them.


The space made up of these exposed concrete shells include dynamic spaces for gatherings and meetings.

In the design we tried to minimize the usage of materials and maximize the function of each piece and denied to use formic objects without function and ornaments. In the middle of the southern yard there is a retaining wall which carries two different decks for the main building in different levels. Upper level is connected to the ground floor and the one below creates the backyard’s green space.

There is different horizontal and vertical accesses between floors and continues accessible patterns were considered.”

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C House by Sommet & Asociados

C House by Sommet & Asociados

Location: Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Area: 520 sqm

Year: 2012

Photo courtesy: Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking


Urubó Hills is a picturesque landscape with native vegetation together with a wide and eclectic catalog of architecture. Such is the landscape that gives context to the Calderón House.c-house-sommet-asociados_03

Under a simple reading the project involves two horizontal volumes: the lowest one visually set back and anchored in the landscape; and the top one, set as if it were floating in the air.c-house-sommet-asociados_02


Material textures are essential components in the project. Stone and wood finishes are elements that beyond giving a reading between volumes, they provide this contemporary home with the sensibility of a traditional architecture environment.c-house-sommet-asociados_04

The ground floor houses the public and common spaces: living and dining room, kitchen, study, bathrooms and a gallery that makes for an outdoor ting space that connects its sights with a green garden holding a swimming pool that connects the house with the barbecue place.c-house-sommet-asociados_05It is in this area that the service facilities are resolved without being perceived, consisting of a laundry area, a bedroom with bathroom and one bathroom for the pool area.


A floating staircase with wooden steps, located on the distribution hall of the ground floor, leads to a small family living room where natural light becomes the benchmark of vitality for the house. An interior garden bathes the wall with nuances of light and shadow providing added warmth to this space that serves as a link between the rooms of children and adults.



Kradoan House by Thiti Ophatsodsai: Serenity with Nature in Urban lifestyle of Bangkok

Kradoan House by Thiti Ophatsodsai: Serenity with Nature in Urban lifestyle of Bangkok

Architects: Thiti Ophatsodsai
Location: BangkokThailand
Year: 2015
Area: 2.690 ft²/ 250 m²
Photo courtesy: Krisada Boonchaleow

“Named “Kradoan house”, this residence was designed to offer “Serenity with Nature in Urban lifestyle”.


Located in urban area of Bangkok, three-stories L- Shape house have been placed at the corner of the 200 sq.m. land area, to embrace 9 meters height “Kradoan Tree” (Thai name of Tummy-wood, Careya arborea Roxb.) which is the main focal point of every area in this house.


Full height windows was introduce to all the main living area and bedrooms to create connection between indoor and outdoor space, while kitchen and bathrooms was located at the back side (South and West) of the house. South and west elevation were designed as solid double layer brick wall with small windows to minimize heat transfer from direct sunlight.



Combined the main living room and dining area with full height window at both side to invite natural light and ventilation to the space. Also facing the garden, these area are ideally suited gathering area for friends and family.


Double height space light well at entrance area create vertical visual connection between 1st floor to Master bedroom at 2nd floor, also bring natural light from above to dining area. Master bedroom at 2nd floor with 3.30 m. height frameless glazed walls are angled to take in the best views of the Kradoan tree.


Extra size Master bathroom also integrated with small green area with natural light and ventilation while still keep privacy when open the full height window. Blooming Orange Jessamine fragrance in the morning make this room to be another area to spend relaxing time.


In order to create relax feeling at home, all the interior design concept was to keep everything simple and easy for maintenance. While Exterior appearance look modern, furniture selection and interior finishing attempt to bring natural touch and cozy feeling to the space, such as real teak dining table, leather covered sofa, timber flooring, wood veneer cabinet, etc.”


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House that occupies a semi-rural block on the edge of John Forrest National Park in Australia

House that occupies a semi-rural block on the edge of John Forrest National Park in Australia

Architects: A Workshop – Paul Wakelam Architect
Location: Jane Brook, Australia
Year: 2016
Photo courtesy: Luke Carter Wilton

“The Mindalong House occupies a semi-rural block on the edge of John Forrest National Park, at the base of the Darling Scarp in Western Australia. Arrival is through a screen door under a large Mari tree and the entrance roof extends over to give you protection. Walking through you find yourself located to the hill beyond with large decking area with pool raised out of the ground, it is at that point you realize you are on a raised plinth. The climatic regression house plays with thresholds of what is internal and what is external. Two shed-like pavilions surround the communal gathering area, conceived as a ‘cathedral of light’.

The timber decks exist at the threshold, and extend from these dispersed living spaces, allowing access throughout the building. The communal gathering area breathes through two passive light towers, regulating the internal climate. The body is continually being turned to open up to the hills beyond. To access the sleeping pavilion is through the external communal space protected by the court of native plants and raised pool plinth.

Views of the horizon, punctuated by existing granite rock formations and scattered trees, penetrate to the heart of the central living spaces. The timber deck circulation allows different perspectives of the landscape and proximity of the creek at the north western edge of property. All accesses to pavilions is via deep roof overhangs giving a freedom of space and extending the internal floor out to blur the threshold of internal and external.


The poetics of Mindalong House are a strong shed with sculptural entrance by day and a series of light boxes in the landscape by night. ”

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Elegant and timeless WE Guest House designed by TA Dumbleton Architect

Elegant and timeless WE Guest House designed by TA Dumbleton Architect

Architects: TA Dumbleton Architect
Location: Hamptons, New YorkUSA
Year: 2013
Photo courtesy: Ed Lederman Photography

“Elegant and timeless, the WE Guest House is reminiscent of an old farmhouse, while featuring clean, modern lines and architecture. Full, double-height windows maximize the relationship with the gardens and open every space of the house to the sprawling landscape.

The open plan is an exercise in fluidity and weightlessness, which contrast the heavily insulated stucco exterior walls that ground it. The house was designed and built in 8 months.”

The Shelton Marshall Residence that makes a compelling argument for quality over quantity

The Shelton Marshall Residence that makes a compelling argument for quality over quantity

Architects: El Dorado
Location: Kansas City, United States
Year: 2014
Area: 2.750 ft²/ 255 m²
Photo courtesy: Mike Sinclair

“The Shelton Marshall Residence is an urban home for a family of four built in the Westside neighborhood of downtown Kansas City. With a main structure consisting of just under 2,000 square feet, the house makes a compelling argument for quality over quantity within the context of a downtown neighborhood that is striving for increased urban vibrancy.The unique site section of the Shelton Marshall residence renders its interior as an urban sanctuary; a place of quiet domestic reflection within a gritty, urban neighborhood.

The layout of the residence is a “U” shaped plan, organized around an entry courtyard to the east and a shaded full-length porch to the west. While the entry courtyard dips 6’-0” below the back-yard grade, the front porch floats dramatically in the trees, over 20’-0” above Madison Avenue. Large sliding glass and screen doors connect the kitchen, dining room and the living room to the courtyard and the porch, and provide the entire house with sufficient cross ventilation to enjoy summer breezes during evening hours. The house leverages natural daylighting to provide 100% of its daytime illumination, and utilizes dimmable fluorescent cove lighting and limited recessed halogen fixtures for nighttime illumination.

The master bedroom and bathroom suite is scaled appropriately for an urban residence, and opens up to the front porch to enjoy the quiet Westside nights. The kids’ bedrooms are designed for flexible configurations, opening up to one another and the entry courtyard as a single bedroom suite, if desired. Hand-crafted loft beds organize functional closet space and homework stations below.


Tucked in below on one side, and hovering above on the other, the transparent qualities of interior spaces and exterior courtyards open up generously to one another within a cedar clad structure that carefully edits the surrounding exterior environment, distilling the sounds of trains and prevailing breezes through sliding glass walls and dappled western sunsets through adjacent deciduous tree limbs. Upon approach from the alley, however, the house is largely invisible: the public spaces of the house unfold step by step, poetically suspended between the ground below and the transplanted prairie ecosystem on the roof.

The Shelton Marshall Residence is ultimately a careful study of site section, nestled tightly into the site on one hand, and floating effortlessly above the site on the other. It celebrates quiet intimacy of family life by contributing a quiet, unassuming and unexpected presence to the intimate context of its surrounding neighborhood.”

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One Story Contemporary TCH House by Arkylab

One Story Contemporary TCH House by Arkylab

Architects: Arkylab
Location: Aguascalientes, Mexico
Year: 2015
Area: 11,840 ft²/ 1,100 m²
Photo courtesy: Oscar Hernández

La Herradura is a 60’S private complex on the city of Aguascalientes, with area parts above 1000 m2, close to the San Pedro River on its west side. In spite of being a semi-desert range this nearness with waterway permits it to have a critical vegetation with uncommon tree remains than whatever is left of the city.


TCH house removes in a region with the pre-presence of two huge fiery debris trees that completely decide the accessible volume. The utilization plan likewise required irregular spaces for a private house being additionally planned for some official exercises, so very nearly two zones were produced in one level, first working spaces and on the other the security of the family itself.


The substance are gathered on the north side of the property so as to give everybody a south or east introduction space, searching for a suitable atmosphere solace for various exercises without extra vitality utilization. Diverse scale gardens open in the focal regions to locate a visual vastness and in this way create a view of more prominent openness. The structure is a piece of the formal expression and together with cement and wood bed material proposed to demonstrate the normal and legitimate way it’s made.



On a 1,100 m2 parcel this habitation is raised from a gathering of volumes in a solitary level in various statures that react to the different booked employments. The configuration was considered as a react to an altogether different system of routine house, made for a corporate organization which requires a parlor for occasions and an office room.


The development is worked toward the north of the property to profit by the south introduction and direct every one of the spaces to this range. The area of the two major fiery remains trees in the parcel was the beginning stage for the circulation of the spaces, producing subtractions that impel a dynamic dialog in the middle of outside and inside. The structure shapes part of the formal expression nearby with cement and wood to make a bona fide materiality.


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Armadale House 2 by Mitsuori Architects

Armadale House 2 by Mitsuori Architects

Architects: Mitsuori Architects
Location: ArmadaleAustralia
Photo courtesy: Michael Kai

This refurbishment and extension to an existing Victorian style house in Armadale focused on the creation of a discreet new addition to make the most of a compact site. We proposed a 2 storey building form with a compact footprint to retain as much of the rear garden as possible. The upper floor houses a master suite and terrace designed as fully private spaces with controlled views of the rear garden through a fine timber screen. The first floor is set back to create a recessive building element when viewed from the rear garden and neighbouring property.


An open plan living room at ground floor features polished concrete floors, warm white walls, refined timber joinery elements and floor to ceiling glazing. A clean, natural palette of materials is used to bring texture and warmth to the space whilst still allowing the clients to personalise it as they wish. Natural timber elements, dark zinc standing seam cladding and bespoke window joinery give the building a crafted and enduring architectural quality.


We worked closely with our client, an experienced property and construction professional, to optimise space on a compact urban site whilst minimising the overall building footprint to maintain a feeling of openess and engagement with the outdoor space. The client and builder’s appreciation for quality and practical attention to detail allowed us to create architecture that is both functional and well crafted.



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