Andrew Burges Architects, Brick House, Sydney, Australia
The Vital statistics are impressive – five bedrooms and a study on a wide block in Bondi. But it’s what Andrew Burges Architects has done with this that makes Brick House a world beater. Ceilings disappear to make way for double-height skylight voids and window frames vanish to open living spaces to the outdoors. Add to all this a robust palette of blackened timber and brick and we’re officially smitten.
Architects EAT, Moving House, Melbourne, Australia
With Moving House in Kew, Albert Mo and his team have provided us with their answer to a vexing architecture question: how do you deliver privacy from the street without turning a house into a fortress? A wall of white aluminium screens along the north-facing street front fills the house with lashings of light while keeping prying eyes out. Inside, vaulted skylights spill even more sunshine over the concrete walls in a play of raw beauty.
Chloe Naughton, Inverdon House, Bowen, Australia
A pair of rural Queensland retirees are now living in a slice of internationally acclaimed architecture – happily ever after, we assume. The design is founded in passive design principles, utilising cross breezes and shade structures to diffuse the harsh western sun. It’s flood- and cyclone-proof and yet this home is also open to the balmy tropical climate.
CplusC Architectural Workshop, Living Screen House, Sydney, Australia
There’s a glass-edged lap pool that shoots through the living space of this North Bondi dream house and a vertical garden, which doubles as a privacy screen from neighbours. Living Screen House is the product of a big imagination mixed with some serious engineering. Bank this one in the ‘one day’ file.
Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, Falcon Beach House, Perth, Australia
Designed to float above the sand dunes, the upper level is dressed in white to mirror the dunes, the lower level is a black shadow and a thin middle level of grey softens the contrast between the two. Falcon Beach House may be raking in accolades but modesty stands it apart thanks to the humble corrugated iron facade, which affectionately referencing the beach shacks of the 50’s and 60’s.
SJB, Cleveland Rooftop, Sydney, Australia
Who doesn’t love a factory conversion? This projects takes two adjoining heritage industrial building and masterfully reworks them into 38 residential units along with this luxurious penthouse addition.
Tzannes, Point Piper Residence, Sydney, Australia
Potts Point is all about views. If you’ve got them, flaunt them. And few are as endowed as this monumental piece of architecture. The living areas overlook Double Bay, the Harbour Bridge and Opera House and a double height library adding bookish charm. Jealous? Of course but we’re also enamoured by the elegant folded form.