Cassandra Chilton of Rush Wright Associates reviews the 2017 NGV Architecture Commission by Retallack Thompson and Other Architects and finds, among other things, the “best place in Melbourne this summer for a warm afternoon snooze.”
Combining a kinetic timber facade and a typology more often associated with slick glass, FJMT has created this “sublime” office tower that is tuned to the history of its harbour-side site and is “intrinsically Sydney.”
A modernist-inspired rural retreat, this semidetached pavilion by Branch Studio Architects responds meaningfully to its landscape and to the trees that determined its design.
A celebration of the process and legacy of making, this house by Local Architecture transcends its modest site and budget through strategic manipulations of light and form.
Replacing a 1940s weatherboard cottage, this pragmatic new beach house by Polly Harbison Design responds sensitively to its environment while resisting the temptation to hide.
Making clever use of an extreme slope, this robust and detail-focused addition to a weatherboard cottage by Welsh and Major Architects extends across its site like a telescope, creating open, calm spaces in dense inner-Sydney.
Inside one of Sydney’s most well loved and iconic twentieth-century buildings, Archer Office has sensitively created a new communal workspace for Endeavour Drinks Group.
The original plan of this semidetached home has been “unlocked” by Marston Architects to allow light and air into an elegant and finely detailed alteration and addition.
A generous site has been transformed by Base Architecture into a private park, complete with a golf course and skate bowl, and a new home that takes from modernist cues.
Textural, architecturally sparse and experimental, Dilettante’s new flagship store in Perth, designed by Ohlo Studio, celebrates the theatrical and subversive presentation of clothing that the brand is known for.
Retaining the relaxed, breezy feel of the original beach house, this extension and renovation by Figureground Architecture is a clever reorganization that makes the most of the views and space.
Tanner Architects maximizes panoramic views and light in a relaxed living environment in the spirit of a beach house.
A new house by John Wardle Architects that establishes direct connection with the “civic heart” of Ballarat and its community.
The Rose Bay House by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects offers a journey that’s much like walking through a forest.
A beach house by Rosevear Architects provides a platform from which to appreciate the views.
On a 126-square-metre site in suburban Sydney, Hill Thalis’s Studios 54 demonstrates how small sites can be used inventively to make the city richer and more diverse.
Practice as critique, and architect as heritage activist. In restoring Karl Langer’s 1954 shopfront, Riddel Architecture challenges the canon of Australian architectural modernism.
An adaption of a beachside terrace by Archer Office that feels “generous, considerate and creative.”
Showing restraint and simplicity, a new home by Powell and Glenn is animated by the changing light and shade.
Denton Corker Marshall has navigated the challenging requirements for a new embassy in Jakarta, creating a forthright yet finessed complex that successfully evokes a sense of “Australianness.”
Drawing in surrounding bushland and establishing new internalized landscapes, this new home intimately engages with its context and climate.
Between forest and sea on the edge of the Tasman National Park, two pavilions fit snugly into the steep landscape.
Designed by Architectus, this lecture theatre at the University of Melbourne has the exquisite quality of natural light.
Designed by Fiona Lynch, Melbourne restaurant Prix Fixe merges metallics, marble and concrete to create an interior with a sense of theatre.
A landscape of strong horizontal lines with rolling hills inspired the form of this house.
The vision of Luis Barragán’s protégé Andrés Casillas is brought to fruition by Evolva Architects in this intriguing denizen of suburban Melbourne.
Tanner Kibble Denton Architects reconfigure a rarity in inner Sydney – a timber cottage with an adjacent stable building.
An alteration and addition by AM Architecture responds to the layered history of a Melbourne house.
Melocco & Moore crafts a meticulous addition to a Victorian waterfront villa in Sydney.
An idiosyncratic 1960s home brought gently into the twenty-first century, without losing its original charm.
In Waterloo, Sydney, design firm BrandWorks has used a little thing called luck to create So 9, a refined and minimal Vietnamese restaurant.
A terrace house renovation by Adrian Amore Architects with a stair that functions as much more than just vertical circulation.
In New York’s trendy Tribeca, New Zealand architects Fearon Hay have designed a world class apartment full of unique charm.
Astute planning and subtlety of detail assure a seamless transition between old and new parts of this refined residence.
In a true democratization of space, BVN’s Sydney studio consists of one single open-plan floor.
Ola Studio take cues, but not directly, from the existing 1880s home to create Garth House.
An alteration and addition to a Californian bungalow by Virigina Kerridge Architect that respectfully addresses the streetscape.
This house follows Isamu Noguchi’s philosophy that art should “disappear” or become one with its surroundings.
Jule House by Claire Humphreys and Kevin O’Brien Architects delicately references a family’s past while offering a setting for contemporary living.
This flexible family home, the practice’s first built project, accommodates two households in one and delivers a series of seductive architectural volumes.
Small but clever alterations have been made to a house on a tiny site, opening the interior to the courtyard and giving a new meaning to the concept of “in.”
Architecture Architecture’s extension of a Californian bungalow in Melbourne creates a harmonious dialogue between old and new while fostering social engagement.
Coy Yiontis creates a steeply pitched contemporary home for a mature couple to enjoy into their retirement.
The Fat Duck’s time in Melbourne may be over but Bates Smart has transformed the space into Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, a permanent restaurant at Crown Melbourne inspired by historic British gastronomy.
A standout view enjoyed from a series of thoughtfully designed spaces in this house by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects.
Nino Bellantonio, AiL Studio and Joanna Nelson Architect enhance the social character of a 1950s Canberra courtyard home.
Sydney-based duo Noxon Giffen transform an ordinary 1960s brick house into an extraordinary destination.
Built in 1932 as a beacon of hope during the Depression, Melbourne’s gothic, art deco masterpiece has been restored.
The new Norton Rose offices by Carr Design Group.
Within a high-tech tower, new offices by Hassell bring an earthiness in response to the setting.
The new jewel of Crown Towers’ restaurant precinct, by Blainey North.
Richard Kirk’s design of the new ABC headquarters in Brisbane makes it a cultural landmark.
The collaborative research laboratory by Wilson Architects and Donovan Hill.
Architect Michael Rayner’s family home is a complex manipulation of shadow and light.
An exploration of the idea of openness and how this might affect the way the owners experience climate and landscape.
This Melbourne home by Neil Architecture is designed according to its relationship with its outdoor spaces.
Tasteful and universal, Gray Puksand’s interiors for the CAE, in Melbourne, include layers that reference the street below.
Mark Pearse’s selective editing of a 1980s Sydney home is a sophisticated and subtle response to hillside and harbour.
A Victorian terrace in Melbourne’s inner east, refurbished by Layan Design.
Occupied by the same family for four generations, this Victorian cottage boasts a new rear extension by AIGP.