Euston Street Residence by Knight Building Group

Boldly standing tall in Malvern, the striking façade demonstrates fearless architectural design featuring a variety of materials including the impressive use of ALUCOBOND® cladding. This home encases, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, open plan living, first floor retreat and three outdoor entertainment areas including alfresco dining and BBQ. Secure underground parking facilities come complete with a storage room. The house is built using quality materials, including an impressive custom-made recycled timber front door, bamboo floorboards and timber staircase with glass rails. The combination of materials in one home is striking and gives the home an edgy yet warm feel. The large windows make the house appear stately as they reach from floor to ceiling. The large streamlined kitchen comprises a stone bench top and custom designed cabinets. The huge master bedroom with walk in wardrobe provides ample functional space and the LED lighting throughout the house enhances the visual aesthetics.

Project: Euston Street Residence, Malvern, Victoria, Australia
Architect: Knight Building Group, Australia
Fabricator/Installer: Iskandar Construction Pty Ltd. Australia
Year of Construction: 2013
Product: ALUCOBOND® Smoke Silver Metallic
Photos: © Knight Building Group


Ormond Rd Apartments by Patrick Jost

The Ormond Rd Apartments, a small residential development located in the popular Melbourne bayside suburb of Elwood, sits within the established shopping & café precinct of Ormond Rd near Port Phillip Bay. It is made up of two commercial tenancies opening to the street, and ten one and two bedroom units that extend over and down a traditional, urban Melbourne bluestone lane.

The front of the building responds to the horizontal layered history of the strip from street level shops, to the changes and additions that have been tacked on above and beyond. The use of a small simple palate of materials creates a presence in the street while also sitting comfortably within the vernacular of the thoroughfare. These curving claddings draw the resident or visitor down from the front façade towards the side entrance within the lane, with its prominent, illuminated red street number. The site has been maximized to the volume of its boundaries but a sense of depth is generated with the materials returning within the façade, emphasizing the layers of the building that visually penetrate the block.

Each of the units has had careful attention paid to its efficiency and function of use which, coupled with the arrangement of the essentials elements of a standard apartment, creates a set of unique spaces Residents and visitors are treated to a prominent and distinctive mural by artist Brett Coelho, which sits adjacent to the borough entry, that not only compliments the building but sits comfortably with the red stop sign and existing street art of the lane.

Ormond Rd Apartments is a simple, clean and visual building that respects its community, surroundings and local history without compromising its design.

april: 2014
location: Ormond Rd, Elwood, Victoria, Australia
architects: Patrick Jost
interior fixtures & finishes: Nina Caple (Mini Living)
builder: Liberty Builders
photographs: Shannon McGrath, Andrew Wuttke


Victorian Workers Cottage by Danny Broe Architect

The house was a victorian semi-detached single level cottage. The front rooms were beautiful as is usually the case but the back was a series of small and oddly arranged and propertied rooms that had no relationship to the garden. The little bathroom was at the back blocking the living room from the garden.

The owner and the architect after much deliberation made the decision to demolish the back of the house put to the 2 front rooms. This allowed us to completely rearrange the new rear extension the way it should be. Now the new bathroom is in the middle of the house and it has a separate bath and laundry inside. There is a large open plan kitchen dining living area that is a comfortable unified space.
The builders were significant contributors to the project. The building manager ran a tight ship and the tradesmen were all cheerful and helpful. A good builder is a godsend. The only thing that went wrong was the inexplicable painting of the beautiful new face brick. The situation was salvaged by the client architect and builder communicating and pulling together. Andrew the builder rectified the issue with minimal fuss. The result is a liveable, beautiful and comfortable home for the owner.

The kitchen is divided into different colours to reduce its bulk and a surprise pink study inside it has its own little window. The front rooms were renovated to their former glory with replica plaster reinstated. A tasmanian Oak floor with a beautiful matt water based finish was selected by jess and its light and airy. this unifies the old and new parts. Colour was used playfully. Jess came up with a diverse colour scheme that somehow works really well. The wallpaper in the hall is warm and luxurious.

The garden now includes a carspace but to soften its impact and to create texture we used the recycled bricks from the original house as paving.

As usual we prioritised sustainability strategies without resorting to kith tech gadgets. The high quality thermal batts in the walls and roof double as sound insulation and the house is much quieter than before. All new rooms have north facing windows, timber floors and windows have low embodied energy. The water tank recycles rainwater.

architect: Danny Broe Architect
name of Project: Alterations and additions to victorian period workers cottage
location: Sydney, Australia


Sydney Eye Specialist Centre by Georgina Wilson

The Sydney Eye Specialist Centre is a small private hospital located in the commercial centre of Kingsford. The project is the first stage of a two stage Redevelopment of the hospital. The new premises have expanded to include more consulting rooms, greater space for administration and a much more cohesive series of spaces whilst maintaining an elegant street address.

The core of the functional brief was to increase patient capacity and improve workflow of the Kingsford eye surgery facility, with minimal construction downtime. To address the brief and improve the quality of the patient experience, it was crucial to obtain commercial understanding of the delivery of the service provided.

The design concept addressed the patient experience by creating comfortable, non-threatening spaces, and ensuring efficient delivery of services by staff. The simple, clean lines of the building reflect the cutting edge technology that it houses, whilst warm, welcoming materials and colours generate patient trust and relieve pre-operative anxiety. The harmonious internal mood is enhanced by an artwork commissioned specifically for the site which engages the space
“through a series of lines, creating a rhythm and visual movement of quiet reflection”.

Additional capacity was achieved by demolishing the front half of the existing bungalow and erecting a new pavilion which occupies the entire front portion of the site . An intensely collaborative process between the architect, builder and client ensured minimal downtime for the surgical practice. The tight construction schedule was achieved with limited and highly planned shutdown periods for the medical practice. Prefabricated components and fast track
construction systems expedited the completion.

A complete overhaul of the entire specialised facility would have been a very uneconomical exercise, with limited benefit to the overall patient experience.

Stage 1 (now complete) included the demolition of the front of the existing building and the creation of a new pavilion on the front half of the site which houses an entry ramp, reception, waiting rooms, consulting and testing rooms, flexible space for administrative offices and meeting rooms. The existing car parking facilities and operating and laser suites were retained and refreshed. A future Stage 2 is planned, and involves rebuilding the existing operating and laser suites and car parking facilities.

The new pavilion has been designed to function alongside the future development as well as its current situation – responding to the form, materials and detailing of the largely retained rear pavilion.

The two pavilions form a unified and sensitive development within a tough urban environment that is commercial to the west and predominantly residential to the east. The design sought to respect a transition zone between the multi storey mixed use developments along Anzac Parade and the residential (primarily inter-war bungalow) character of Middle Street.

The building form, materials and detailing (including simple pitched roof forms, dark brick panels, zinc trims, articulated half round zinc gutters, steel framing, timber blinds and raw concrete blade elements) respond to, and bridge the mixed commercial and residential characters of the area in a fresh contemporary idiom. The building design also enlivens and provides constant casual surveillance of Middle Lane to the east, which has been an area known for
urban vice.

Architect: Georgina Wilson Architect
Builder: Beebo Constructions
Photographer: Murray Fredericks
Artist: Mika Utzon Popov
Completed: October 2012


Balnarring Beach House by Simon Couchman

The brief called for a family holiday house where family could be together but not on top of one another.

While sympathetic to its surroundings, the design of the house seeks to make use of the entire site. The single level U-shaped building steps up towards the rear of the block following the gentle slope of the land. An integrated landscape solution helps to create a series of indoor and outdoor spaces.

The front wing provides a sleeping zone away from the main living areas. A family room here can be opened to the central courtyard and also to a fully-secured front yard defined by a curved, vertical batten fence which arcs back to the house, connecting to a curved wall leading visitors to the front door. A glazed corridor links entry and family wing to the rear living areas with a free-standing spine wall concealing a smaller private courtyard addressed only by the master bedroom and study.

The main living area flows directly onto the central space via fully retractable bi-fold doors. Terraced decking offers casual seating, and links to a covered BBQ area incorporating outdoor eating with pass-through window to the kitchen. Black painted cement sheet panel and raw hardwood timber cladding used externally merge inside the house in places contrasting against the clean white interior plaster shell. Full height glazing and slot windows frame the landscape and further allow the outdoor spaces to flow through the house.

St Bedes College by Kneeler Design

St Bedes Sports Centre, located in Mentone, Victoria, Australia, was recently updated and extended to provide students and the surrounding community with more space for their activities and indoor sports. The large internal space includes a sports hall to accommodate various types of sport, a gym, a multi-purpose room, a canteen and changing rooms. The building is a steel construction with translucent wall cladding in some sections, which allows indirect light into the interior. ALUCOBOND® is used to break the large façade up into a number of geometric surfaces.

The overall design of the complex communicates its purpose: sports and motion. The mix of varying façade materials as well as the horizontal axis which appears to tilt in different directions gives the impression that the top of the building is breaking apart. The complex shows an interplay of contrast and harmony, and means the building itself appears to be in motion.

Project: St Bedes College, Mentone (Victoria), Australia

Architects: Kneeler Design, Victoria, Australia

Fabricator: Aussie Clad

Construction: Fixed Cassette

Year of Construction: 2012

Product: ALUCOBOND ®, Bronze Metallic & Grey Brown

Photos: Silvina Glattauer

source: 3A Composites GmbH

Black Rock House by Jost Architects

The Black Rock House is an addition to a dilapidated existing residential dwelling. The client’s brief was to retain the front part of the house and add a two story extension to the rear. “As the house was fronted on to a side street and the site ran adjacent to a main road we built hard against the side boundary on the road all the way to the rear of the site. This was to separate the backyard from the unwanted traffic noise and provide better privacy to the rear yard.

We exceeded the standard planning setbacks in order to do this and justified this with the creation of a better quality outdoor area. We also used a number of different materials and finishes in different planes on the façade to reduce the perceived visual bulk to the street” says the architect, Patrick Jost.

Conceptually, the new area of the house is visually connected back to the existing house by folding the old roof up in a “reverse pitch” and racking it across to the new flat roof of the addition and folding the fascia down again at the rear. Jost adds, “This eliminates the issue of having a new boxy element that has no relation to the existing house”.

Internally, light coloured natural finishes and operable glazed sliders that open out to a flush finished timber deck, small pool and rear yard associate the house with the beachside suburb it is located in.

As part of part of standard design principals in the office relating to sustainable design, the layout and façade treatment is orientated to respond to basic passive thermal design, reduced glazing to the upper, west facing façade and set back glazing on the ground floor decreases sunlight penetration during summer and allow it in during winter.
The whole job was done as a design and construct process where Philip Building Group, the builder, and Jost Architects worked closely together on coming up with innovative scheme that had a closely controlled budget.

The overall design successfully meshed together the old and new elements of a building to create a bright and comfortable family home.

Location: Red Bluff St, Black Rock, Victoria, Australia
Architects: Patrick Jost
Builder: Philip Building Group
Completed: 2011
Photographs: Marvelle Photography
Budget: $500,000 Aust


Hill House by Andrew Maynard Architects

An annex does not have to be just a plain and boring addition of a shape to an existing house with the same expression. The Hill House by Andrew Maynard of the Australian architectonic studio AMA Architecture proves exactly this to be true. Recently completed, close to Melbourne, Australia it lives up to its name. The original house was buried in an artificial hill upon which the monolithic mass of the annex rests. The house is located on a long and narrow lot, struggling with a lack of light due to its northward facing.

Therefore, the new mass adds not only an aesthetic value but also a practical solution to this problem – it absorbs the sunlight. Since the city and its surroundings are flat, there were plenty of possibilities how to shape and form a private landscape. Dominant colours of the exterior are naturally green, followed by black which is contrasting and complementary at the same time. The interior gives a warm feeling thanks to the wooden casing of the walls.


Wahroonga Preparatory School by GGF Architects

Wahroonga Preparatory School is nestled between the St Johns Uniting Church Group (NSW), a highly signifi cant State Heritage listed group of buildings all original and well maintained, screen the school building along both street frontages. The commonwealth government’s Building the Education on Revolution on (BER) programme’ motivated the School to move forward its plans for expansion, fulfi lling crucial needs for additonal classrooms, library, music and art room.

A number options for expansion of the school building and playgrounds were considered well before the advent of the BER program, including options to purchase adjoining parcels of land; reconfiguration of areas and uses within the current curtilage amongst others. It was resolved to increase the bulk on the upper levels within the ‘L’ shaped footprint to accommodate additional classrooms, library, music room and ancillary facilities. Other core elements of the brief included accessibility (provision of lift ) and refurbished ground fl oor including lobby and main entry.

The aims and objectives of the design brief included needs to ameliorate and enrich the school environment primarily for the children that inhabit the space; to adaptively reuse the school building while having minimal or no impact on the heritage signifi cance of the Church and hall complex and its setting, bringing together a history of renovations into a cohesive aesthetic. The adapted building should respect and retain the heritage signifi cance of the group while adding a contemporary layer that provides value for the future.

Environmentally there have been many benefits to retention of the original building and its embodied energy, including reduced scope for demolition, recycling of building materials amongst other lifecycle benefits. A critical goal of the development was modernisation of the 1960’s building to allow improved safety standards, leading technology including teaching aids and energy efficient measures amongst many others. Consideration was given to the indoor environment including temperature, humidity, air quality, lighting and noise levels.

St Johns Uniting Church Group is listed in the State heritage register (no.01670). “As a group, and individually, the buildings are of exceptional aesthetic significance. They are well proportioned, refined in detail and the work is well crafted” . The manse built c1898 in federation style (design by Charles Slatyer of Slatyre & Cosh architects, (source: NBRS&P) predates the church and hall complex which was built in stages during the c1920’s by the eminent architect John Sheddan Adam of Sulman, Power and Adam and has retained a high level of integrity.

The School building designed by Laurie & Heath Architects was built during the c1950’s- c1960’s and stands in stark contrast to church and halls in style and detail. It has been altered on many occasions over the years becoming less signifi cant in the group.

The windows of the church were designed by the well-known glass artist Norman Carter (1875-1963). The selection of building colours were informed and inspired by the two main characteristics taken from a specific window. This included the margin and then the story inside the border including yellows, orange, reds, greens and blues. Following consultation with NBRS+Partners and the direct involvement of the Heritage Council of NSW they were then reconfigured to provide a bright, happy and engaging building providing a contemporary reflection of a traditional art form.

Cost of project:
At a final cost of 2.2 million, the project represented an affordable approach to design, funded in part by the Commonwealth government’s (BER) programme with the remainder paid directly by the School and Uniting Church Property Trust of NSW.

As the lead architect GGF was involved throughout the process from concept through to inception and final hand over. The design process was a result of collaboration, not only between client and architect but also representatives of the school and church community. Those who participated shared a common intent or ethos allowing a creative approach to design.

Architect: GGF Architects
Builder: Admire Build Pty Ltd
Engineer: Eclipse Consulting & Martens & Associates
Heritage: NBRS+Partners
Town Planner: Glendinning Minto & Associates
Photographer: Archishot & Tanja Milbourne Photography


Strelein Warehouse by Ian Moore Architects

This project converts a former grocery warehouse from the 19th century into a two level residence. The building is located in Sydney, Australia and comes from the hands of Ian Moore Architects. The object has two street frontages – differentiating between a pedestrian and a vehicle access. New entrance door is in place of former loading dock at the end of a cul-de-sac. The entrance is defined by a full-height steel plate combined with a brickwork masonry, which is characteristic for both of the facades.

A 1.7m height difference between two streets, which surround the house, allows a tall volume of the living space to be created. Kitchen, located in the the mid-level, overlooks the living room, while being separated by a black steel structure with an integrated leather seating. On the same level as the kitchen is a garage. The second floor contains a workspace, bedroom and sanitary facilities. A clean contrast of black and white color is apparent throughout the whole interior.

The Aldrich Residence

The Aldrich residence by Patrick Keane is located in Perth, Australia. The house results from an idea of a residence that would copy its surrounding landscape and expand it at the same time, while opening towards the seafront. The object has a flexible form imitating the natural terrain as if it was trying to embrace the water. Computer-aided terrain modeling was utilized, in order to accurately design the roof. The undulating roof defies the orthogonal paradigm and creates various distortions of interior spaces which, together with the effects of light, dramatize the overall impression of the whole house. Two distinct zones adjoined by the core living area are apparent in the layout of the house. These can be seen as common spaces and private spaces.


BBC Worldwide Offce by Thoughtspace

Australian design studio Thoughtspace have reconnected two geographically separated BBC Worldwide offices and created a dynamic space of 2000 square meters. This working place is situated in Macquarie Park, what is a perfect place for such a big, global and evolving media organisation. BBC headquarter is an open office space of large expanse, where one can find various working lounges and area for alternative work activities.

Designers in cooperation with investors have agreed to incorporate a fun element into a classical working environment with functional aspects of commercial interior. The interior houses not only shared space with different types of partitions, but as well conference rooms, technical support rooms, so they create harmony together and enable to support the organisations future growth strategies. The result is impressive, new office successfully represents BBC and accentuates its identity as a prominent and dynamic company.


Modular House by Sparks

The Australian architect Sparks finished a house, an expansion of the concrete block wall. The house is situated in Maleny, on the Sunshine Coast hinterland. It offers a spectacular view of the inland hills and down to Brisbane. The building was designed for a couple of retirees, so it is pleasant and offers refuge. Different materials were used, one of the most interesting is recycled wood from telegraph poles from the sixties. The design of the interior is dynamic and and meets the needs of its owners. The inner space changes into the outer space through a large spacious terrace and creates a feeling of home without walls.


Pollack House by Tobias Partners

Pollack House was designed by architect Henry Pollack in 1960. The house has been renovated and completed by the architectural studio Tobias Partners in 2008. The homeowners have a strong emotional connection with their house, so it was important for the architects to maintain the integrity and originality of Pollack’s designs but also freshen it up with elements of the 21st century. On the first floor, all the rooms can be accessed from the kitchen. The main elements of the house are brick, open tread steel, sandstone walls and interior gardens retaining the old design but revised and rearranged. The architect successfully managed the reconstruction and so created pleasant space with touch of the past but also spark of the present.


House of the Future by Innovarchi

The House of the Future is a conceptual project designed by the Australian Architects Innovarchi for an exhibition taking place in the Sydney Opera House. It is based on simplicity and practicality using ecological materials. The main material are panels which also create the roof. The question, whether panels can have the function of a roof was the subject of research and the result is surprising. Another material used is wood, particularly pine wood from a sustainable pine plantation.

The architects also wanted to blur the lines between the indoors and outdoors, provoking occupants to reassess the idea of a traditional home environment. The project is unique not only with the use of materials, its idea that started it but also its specific shape and disposition. The room arrangement is extraordinary. The complex represents a cell with its core on the surface of which is a central garden that cools and regulates the interior temperature through central natural ventilation system. A strip of semi-translucent solar panels cross the home, simultaneously providing daylight.


Hill And Ecological Housing by Riddle Architects

Architect studio Riddle Architects designed an eco-house for clients that have decided to live ecologically, located on a hill end in the city of Brisbane, Australia. The aim was to build a sustainable house that maximizes the northern solar access for edible gardens and creates a flexible internal space for different activities. The simple technique using a thermal mass was used to create a passive heating and cooling.

A number of ecological techniques were used in this house: use of solar cells, insulation, ventilated walls, roof cavities and rooms with a cross-ventilation. Energy and water consumption were maximized by well-selected construction materials, as well as maintenance of the house. The collection and recycling of water will be on site, dependence on town water supply should be removed. Energy consumed in the house will be compensated by grid-connected solar panels. The design of eco-house has received a 6 star energy rating.


Fun Beach House by Studio 101 Architects

The Fun Beach House was created by Studio 101 Architects in Point Edward. Internal structure of the building is interesting by the arrangement of the zones. The bedroom and living-room area are completely separated from the storage and service rooms. Top level and bottom level are connected by a wooden mezzanine. Architects back the vertical line of the concept, which became very characteristic for this house, as well as high ceilings. The interior is very spacious and airy. Used materials were chosen with precision. The most used are bricks that are unmortared but still looking very natural. They are completed by glass windows that enable to see the interior from the outside.


Butler House by Andrew Maynard architects

The housing was constructed on one of the ondulated roof of the famous Fitzroy`s and MacRobertson`s warehouse. This unusual house has been designed by architecture studio Andrew Maynard architects. It provides a complete privacy to its owners, even it has open spaces like a terrace or a swimming pool. The whole house is an open space where the sound flows unlimited. All around are reflexive surfaces like concrete or steel.

The main challenge of the architect was to reduce the sound pollution. That is why he has opted for wood and wooden furniture and reduced the use of steel. Other acoustic element are sliding doors that are functional as well, they allow to open the space or keep the space private. A vertical staircase connects the living area with a terrace. As the result a flexible housing that is going to grow and change in time with the owners family has been created.