The cottage in Annandale that architects John Wilkin and Susanne Pini purchased in 2000 was botched by a heavy-handed 1970s renovation that stripped away its historic features, so the couple opted to treat the building like a blank slate. By keeping the existing shell intact while drawing from building traditions of the Far East, Wilkin and Pini added their own take on ornamentation.
A modern addition in Annandale strengthens a home's connection to the outdoors and enhances natural light. The home's new polished concrete floor and white cladding extend into the garden, drawing occupants to the serene rear porch.
Australian firm Carterwilliamson Architects converted a 19th-century cow shed into a residence that implements passive heating and cooling principles.
In the Sydney, Australia, neighborhood of Rozelle, architect Christopher Polly has renovated a house with green design in mind. By opening up the plan, adding floor-to-ceiling sliding glass walls to the rear of the house, deftly organizing windows, and repurposing elements of the original structure, Polly created a residence that's attuned to its environment.
A new addition and a bold exterior treatment transformed this Victorian house in Melbourne into a neighborhood gem. Here, a garage-style door separates the patio from the street.
A pre-WWII bungalow in Victoria, Australia is now a bold experiment in indoor-outdoor living. A steel-framed, bi-fold door system by Skyrange Engineering separates the edge of the house from the outdoor area.
A surprisingly modern addition transforms an 1880 bungalow in Adelaide, Australia, into a spacious and sensuous abode. For the addition in the back of the house, the shape of the roof eave was designed to allow winter sun into the house while cutting out the hot summer sun.
Without altering its turn-of-the-20th-century facade, architect Christopher Polly transformed the rear of this Newtown, Australia, home from bleak to bright. A louvered clerestory of low-e glazed windows naturally ventilates the new space; ample built-in storage completes the crisp, uncluttered interior.