Bluey's Beach '4' by Bourne Blue Architecture

This Bluey's Beach home on the mid North coast of NSW was conceived by Bourne Blue Architecture based on a brief for simplicity, durability and authenticity. The owners were not interested in anything ostentatious and were keen to conserve the existing Angophera trees and the views to the rear of the property.


The challenge was to create privacy as well as a strong indoor outdoor connection. A roof zig zags over the two areas for sleeping and living, with adjacent courtyards and decks further extending the living area to the outdoors...

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Warm industrial for architects own home in Tel Aviv

It's always interesting to see what architects come up with when designing their own homes. This home in Tel Aviv (Israel) was designed by Pitsou Kedem with strong horizontal lines of raw concrete and a skylight running the entire length of the the house to allow in plenty of natural light. While the home has a secluded frontage, it opens up completely to the outdoors at the rear, set amongst a grove of eucalyptus trees...

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A cocoon of timber hovering over the bay

This is the kind of architecture that makes my heart sing. Designed by Dorrington Atcheson Architects as a family holiday home, it features a stunning combination of location and elements: warmth, understated beauty and true integration into its amazing location.


Perched above a bay in Kawau Island in New Zealand, the orientation and design makes a hero of the view that stretches from the headland across the Bon Accord harbour and out to sea...

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Warm industrial chic in seaside Brighton

I came across this architectural beauty while researching a fireplace / tv combination for my own home. I'm sure you'll agree, the way mckimm design has combined the two elements is simply stunning, using a concrete hearth poured on site together with a striking customised steel fabrication for the black firebox around the fireplace.


This unique property was designed to cater to the needs and social lives of a young family of five...

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Sustainable prefab beach house in Blairgowrie

This lovely little beach house was created by the talented folk at Archiblox. Located in the seaside village of Blairgowrie, the house is a sustainable pre-fab designed around 3 modules that are clad externally with corrugated colorbond and internally with floor to ceiling plywood. The house features custom-made joinery throughout which was also made by Archiblox. The house was designed in the shape of the letter H, with north-south orientation which gives the home an abundance of natural light and warmth...

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Sustainably striking cabin in Blairgowrie

This multi-award winning project known as "Cabin 2" is a fantastic contribution to the small architecture movement, which focuses on small, light-weight and eco-friendly structures. It's a movement I'm very fond of and I try to feature as often as possible to show what can be achieved with a smaller space. Often magic comes from the limitations of a project, and this home is no exception. Maddison...

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Handcrafted reclaimed furniture by Aussie designer Brett Sambrooks

I was excited to come across a talented Aussie furniture craftsman by the name of Brett Sambrooks. Each piece is handcrafted from reclaimed timber and second hand materials to produce one-off individual, collectable and creative pieces. Brett is based in Koondrook, a small Victorian town nestled on the banks of the Murray River, where he crafts pieces that often have a story, like the red gum stools below made from one solid piece of timber that spent its former life in an old mechanic's shed where they had been kept for decades and used as car blocks...

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Wonderfully serene interiors in Prahan

This home in the inner Melbourne suburb of Prahan began life as a single level Victorian house. Originally compartmentalised with lots of rooms, the new design by Studio Four involved a strategic replanning of the ground floor, the addition of a new first floor, along with the flexibility to adapt each space to suit the ever changing dynamics of family life.


A stronger connection was forged between the interiors and the exterior courtyards through a serious of concealed sliding doors, which increased light, fresh air and aspect...

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Striking architecture with bold and sophisticated interiors

Today we are heading to Melbourne to see a home with striking architecture designed by In2 building designers. The brief was for a strong design aesthetic with low maintenance living for a young family. Seamless integration with the outdoors and a strong connection to the pool were important to the owners, together with achieving views to the parklands across the road.


A strong design aesthetic has certainly been achieved, with a bold and sophisticated palette throughout the interiors, which perfectly compliment the striking external facade...

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Lakeside prefab architecture in New Jersey

Originally this magical lakeside site had a ramshackle cabin which the owner decided to live in for a while to acclimatise and be sure of what she wanted before knocking it down and re-building. She also needed to find the right architect to create the vision so was happy when Resolution: 4 Architecture were able to offer a prefabricated house with some customisation. "The old house was like a cave, and I wanted this house to be the opposite: a pavilion where you didn’t feel enclosed at all...

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