Architecture + Design with Warmth & Texture | Designhunter
Modern Australian architecture with an Asian twist

The minimalist white exterior of this home makes a surprise transition to the exotic at the entrance: we are welcomed by a Balinese statue and a view beyond to an earthy and compelling combination of polished concrete floors, red Persian hall runner and exotic urn and artworks. It's my kind of entrance, that's for sure.


The revamp of this 1980 dwelling was designed by Claire Lavis of Bourne Blue Architects and is located in the inner city heritage conservation area of my home town, Newcastle (East Coast of Australia)...

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A lovely little copper house in Coogee

My eye was very much taken by this lovely little copper house in the Sydney suburb of Coogee. Designed by Takt Architects with a brief to be a small house, the objective was certainly achieved with the tiny abode coming in at just 60sqm!


So much appears to have been squeezed between the lovely raw copper clad walls. An artists touch is lent to the internal cladding with the use of hand-stretched canvas on MDF...

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Sustainably Spanish

This stunning home is located in the magnificent Collserola mountain range, overlooking Barcelona. The home was designed by Aleventosa Morell Architects as a compact and sustainable residence.


The lush green roof not only adds a stunning aesthetic to the building but does double duty as a thermal mass, helping to keep the home cooler in Summer and warmer in Winter.


The interior palette is neutral with blonde timber features and the use of a white and grey colours to compliment the natural light and magnificent backdrop of the mountain ranges...

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Sustainable prefab bushland retreat

How awesome is this little place? This pre-fab design by EcoLiv Sustainable Buildings is on the rugged coastline of Victoria and is on a large 1133m2 site which enjoys perfect northern orientation and distant rural views.


The home is owned by an avid traveler who required a compact, sustainable bushland retreat that was low maintenance. Among the owners requirements were solar passive design, a high energy rating, affordability and locally and ethically sourced construction materials...

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Timber clad beauty in Long Island, New York

This fab looking joint on Long Island in New York was designed by Bates Masi architects. The house is clad in wide cedar boards which have been fixed with custom stainless steel clips. Beneath the cladding is a wall assembly nearly 20 inches thick (!) which was designed to give the owners the best that money could buy in terms of acoustic insulation to block the noise of the nearby bustling village...

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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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