Built on a hill with beautiful views, this house in Lorne, a small beach town in Australia, was made for entertaining. The central living area features an open-plan kitchen, living space, and deck with views of Louttit Bay. To maximize energy savings, the house has a ducted reverse air cycle system from Fujitsu.
Like many families looking to renovate, Tribe Studio’s latest clients in Sydney wanted more space, better light, and a stronger connection to the outdoors. Architect Hannah Tribe delivered with an unapologetically bold design that smartly marries old and new. The clients' impressive collection of Scandinavian midcentury teak furniture pops beautifully against the concrete floors, white-painted brick, and pine v-joint walls.
A pre-WWII bungalow in Victoria, Australia became a bold experiment in indoor-outdoor living. In their renovation, Andrew Maynard Architects decided to leave the structure deliberately incomplete. The existing bungalow transitions into an empty frame that houses an open-air corridor. The simple kitchen features a white stone countertop from Stone Italiana and Hoop Pine plywood cabinets.
Australian firm Clare Cousins Architects proves urban living and functional family homes are not mutually exclusive. The firm smartly (and inexpensively) reimagined an 800-square-foot apartment to provide more than enough space for a young family. To increase the illusion of space, the architect raised the ceiling height and installed window treatments that let in plenty of light. Carefully chosen furniture and fixtures make every square foot count.
Situated in a quiet grove of sculpted tea trees, the house that architects Annick Houle and Stephen O’Connor have created for themselves on Australia’s Mornington Peninsula is completely at home in the natural world. Taking cues from Japanese design, the house was designed around a courtyard. An open-plan living space leads out onto a long terrace.
For this four-module prefab house off the Australian coastline, local firm Archiblox’s aim was “to create an inspiring double height living area with full glazing along the northern façade that could be enjoyed throughout the changing seasons,” according to architect Bill McCorkell. The airy kitchen opens up to an outdoor dining area.
A coastal home designed by Australian architect John Wardle is uniquely tuned in to its residents and to its epic surroundings. Refusing to fixate on the seascape at the expense of other views, Wardle oriented the living room to a lush grove of trees.
A family home on Australia’s Mornington Peninsula is built to blend in with its lakeside setting. Architect Karen Alcock designed a simple, robust, and slightly elevated building with a modest floor plan considering the wide-open space available. The flat-roofed house appears to hover over land and water; in fact, its eastern end cantilevers over the lake.
A modest kitchen addition to a couple’s cottage outside of Brisbane proves that one 376-square-foot room can revive an entire home. Local studio Owen and Vokes and Peters designed the addition to the traditional Queensland-style timber house. The architects used blackbutt wood for the flooring and Whisper White paint by Dulux throughout the interior.