The New Old | Jessica Liew

“…To the architect/owner, the aim was to build a relaxed, private home that was energy efficient, practical and imbued with character from the all-natural materials used – complementing their extensive collection of art and antiquities from their travels…”

Description by Jessica Liew:

Designed with honesty, natural, light, texture, simplicity, privacy in mind. A house that maximizes a relatively small 385m² site in inner city Melbourne, providing bright but private living spaces. There is simple, relaxed feel about this house, loaded with character from the natural materials used including concrete, recycled tumbled bricks and hardwood timber. These provide an honesty and rawness so rarely seen these days – an antithesis to the glitz, luxe and glamour often seen in popular magazine and tv programs. To the architect/owner, the aim was to build a relaxed, private home that was energy efficient, practical and imbued with character from the all-natural materials used – complementing their extensive collection of art and antiquities from their travels. The result is remarkable. A home that has outwitted even other architects who have mistaken it for a renovation, rather than a newly-built dwelling on what was previously the neighbors tennis court. Accommodation: double storey dwelling comprising formal living, library, cellar, study, casual living and dining, separate laundry, rumpus, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 3 car accommodation. 6 star energy rated: double glazed windows and skylights, double hung ceilings, double insulated stud walls,reverse brick veneer walls, underground water tank, hydronic slab heating, recycled bricks, custom double height pile wool carpet, regenerative hardwood timbers throughout. ‘Switchable’ spaces including a study turning into a guest bedroom (murphy bed); rumpus or second study on level 1; and studio or 3rd bedroom upstairs. A courtyard sized to a car space for future additional parking requirement. Hidden storage and joinery throughout. Custom steel framed glass pivot doors replacing a conventional front door, the recessed floor mat is the only give away. Antique Chinese screen doors framing the fishpond corridor , mural by celebrated Melbourne street artists Ghostpatrol and Miso; retention of the original chain wire mesh tennis court fencing and tennis court roller; all rooms feature a garden, fishpond or courtyard aspect. Honesty: respect and transparency for all natural materials used – predominant palette comprising black concrete, white painted tumbled bricks and natural timber finish waiting to age with the house.

Design Studio: Jessica Liew

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Photographs: Jaime Diaz-Berio, Jessica Liew



Malangen Peninsula | Stinessen Arkitektur

Description by Stinessen Arkitektur:

Malangen peninsula is an hour´s drive south of Tromsø in Northern Norway. The site is positioned on a ridge rising from the fiord below and overlooks a natural opening in the forest.

The cabin is laid out east to west effectively shielding the opening in the forest, which is only discovered once you enter through the large oak sliding door from the outside couryard. The clients had a clear wish for enough space to welcome family and friends visiting. To gather at the family retreat for weekends or holidays is a beautiful tradition, but the challenge is often that given a few days you also long for some privacy again.

Therefore we planned a main part and an annexe separated by the central covered courtyard which is where you enter their retreat through the oak sliding door. As a response to the cold climate and challenging weather the central courtyard functions as a winter garden, with a fireplace and outdoor kitchen. From here the retreat opens up to the natural clearing in the forest and from here you enter into either the main building or the annexe. Each group of rooms are done as separate segments or boxes to achieve an additional layer of privacy, but also to enhance the main room´s contact to the clearing in the forest and the contact to the outdoors in the transition spaces in between.

The main part and the annexe are composed of two boxes each, the annexe comprised of utility rooms and the relax area with a sauna directly exposed to the view outside in one box and the guest rooms and an activity room in the second. The main part with entrance, children´s room and a small secondary living room in the first box, the main bathroom and master bedroom in the second. A few steps lead down to the open space kitchen an living room set low in the terrain and overlooking the fiord and the afternoon sun to the west. A dedicated exit from the kitchen lead to the south-facing outdoor area where the family enjoy their dinners on warm summer days.

The boxes are all made in wood with the exterior cladding (both indoors and outdoors) in cedar panel which was treated with iron sulfate and kept outside for months before assembly to achieve an even patina regardless of being outdoors or indoors. The interior surfaces are mainly in knot free oak to achieve a warmer contrast to the outside of the boxes. The boxes are all slightly elevated in relation to the in-between spaces. All the in-between spaces have a concrete floor to emphasize that these spaces relate to the terrain and the outdoors in a different manner.

The ceilings in these spaces are all made of oak slats that through the treatment with iron sulfate turn naturally black because of the high content of tannin. The airy and black ceilings retreat from the visual connection to the outside, while contrasting the visually cold of the outdoors and providing a softer acoustics at the same time. The sauna is only separated from the outside by a large frameless glass, underlining the secluded privacy of the clearing in the forest, the interiors custom designed in cedar.

A major part of the interiors such as the dining table, dining bench, beds, wardrobes, the fireplace and sliding door in the wintergarden, etc, are custom designed by Stinessen.

Design Studio: Stinessen Arkitektur

Location: Tromsø, Norway

Photographs: Snorre Stinessen


Melanopetra Boutique Hotel | AD Architects

Melanopetra is an atmospheric two apartment boutique hotel built-up around 1850 and totally restored by AD Architects  in 2015 under due diligence with respect to the Nisyrian architecture.

Description by AD Architects:

Melanopetra is uniquely situated in the core of the preserved traditional village Emporios in Nisyros, at an altitude of about 400 meters above the caldera. It is an atmospheric two apartment boutique hotel built-up around 1850 and totally restored in 2015 under due diligence with respect to the Nisyrian architecture. The high-quality restoration preserves and reveals all the traditional elements using only eco-friendly primary materials, especially the local black volcanic stone that gives the house its special character and name.

The architectural intervention attempts to integrate modern minimalist design into the ageless aesthetic of traditional form. The simplicity of the design, structural transparency and the purity of forms and volumes, in harmony with the particular local idiom, are used to highlight the plasticity of the small spaces. The interior spaces combine textured white-washed walls of visible limed stone masonry, screed surfaces and wooden beams to create an oncoplastic set of white and earthy colors harmony displayed by smooth natural and artificial lighting. The uncluttered white minimalistic interiors are highlighted by laid-out levels with built-in furniture and modern equipment.

Visible stonework of black volcanic rock with filled joints dominates the exterior of the house, visually unifying it with the landscape. The outdoor spaces comprise of coated built-in levels, steps, and stone sofas, all integrated in rock formations, bringing a sculptural quality to the natural geometry. The raw structural simplicity and the consistency of materials and engravings on all levels aim to a smooth transition from the exterior to the interior and from the natural to constructed item.

It is about a discreet architectural gesture resulting from a respect towards structural authenticity and the use of ageless materials, and giving prominence to traditional elements through simple means of expression.

The restoration project was implemented through European co-financing as a contribution to the sustainable development of the island.

Melanopetra is the first and only boutique hotel in Nisyros offering a luxury as well as authentic accommodation and is known all over the island for its striking design and concept.

Design Office: AD Architects

Location: Emporios, Nisyros, Greece

Photographs: Yannis Kontos


Apartment in historic building | Nasciturus Design


Design Office: Nasciturus Design

Location: Warsaw, Poland

Photographs: Hanna Dlugosz, Hamish Cox

Apartment “ALISE” | Oksana Dolgopiatova



Design Office: Oksana Dolgopiatova

Location: Kiev, Ukraine


Hazukashi House | ALTS Design Office

ALTS Design Office has created a space, in Kyoto – Japan, with the charm which they

want to put a face from anywhere in the house.

Description by ALTS Design Office:

This plan is the project that thought about how you take in rich light in a site condition of small space only in Kyoto. Is provided with a dining space gathering of family at the center of the house, that So we thought, was a blow-out there. This well space is also the space which connects a family’s bonds, and also achieves dynamic functions, such as display and room of stairs.. Also captures the light and wind diverse that while taking advantage of the material antique client demand, opening the rich opening, we have created a space with the charm which we want to put a face from anywhere in the house were.

Design Office: ALTS Design Office

Architects: Sumiou Mizumoto, Yoshitaka Kuga

Location: Kyoto, Japan

Area: 93.00 m2

Photographs: Sumiou Mizumoto

Casa Orea | Dionne Arquitectos


Design Office: Dionne Arquitectos

Location: Puebla, México

Area: 230.00 m2

Project Year: 2012

Photographs: Francisco Baxin, Pupe Fabre



Casa Pazza | Studioata



Design Office: Studioata

Location: Turin, Italy

Project Year: 2016

Photographs:  Barbara Corsico


Rough House | Measured Architecture

Description by Measured Architecture:

The Rough House is a single family house and laneway project rooted in the hand-made. With a focus on the relationship of an architect with a boutique building + landscape team, local artisans and select subtrades with a history in hand-made execution, a building emerged which identifies that no one person can envision the outcome of a building built well.

Textural choices have been made, such as carbonized cypress exterior cladding, board-form concrete and repurposed boardform boards white washed for exterior window surrounds and soffit, that address the need for compositional balance not only at the building massing level but also at the scale of fine, medium and coarse material selection. Central to the planning effort is the placement of master bedroom and supporting amenities in the basement adjacent to a full-building-length exterior lightwell to south-eastern light, skinned in weathering steel and accessing a subterranean root cellar. The main floor and second rely heavily on the Japanese principle of shakkei, or “borrowed view”, which attempts to capture a framed view of nature alive rather than create a less spectacular version within the building. As the laneway studio works to eliminate a rear yard at grade, careful consideration has been taken to grant views to an elevated exterior landscape on both green roof and wall of the laneway, and onto the western flanking green roof of principle dwelling form.

Fundamental to the success of this project is the separation of the home from its neighbours in a tight urban condition through the narrowing of building to support increased side yard landscape edges and exterior light well circulation, displaced green space to regain connectivity to yard in an increased densification, and finally a play of textures to increase an intimacy between materials and occupant.

Design Office: Measured Architecture

Project Architect: Clinton Cuddington (project Lead) and Piers Cunnington

Design-Build Ceramic Mural Artist : Dear Human – Hand Made Tile

Location: Kitsilano, Vancouver, Canada

Area Size: 2500 sf

Photographs: Ema PeterAndrew LatreilleMartin Tessler

Family Apartment | RUST Architects

The family apartment is located in central Tel Aviv, Israel.

It was designed by RUST Architects.

Description by RUST Architects:

The creation of two dividable public areas was the foundation of planning this family apartment in central Tel Aviv. The apartment was extended and lengthened, with a large space connecting between the existing and new spaces creating a new large public area in the apartment. The apartment size is 165sqm.
On the street side of the apartment there is a large lounge that is connected to other public functions; the kitchen, terrace, dining and a reading area. An additional family room acts as a children’s area including a library and work space. This area forms a junction leading to all children’s bedrooms.
A long corridor which connects the two lounges is left exposed on the one side with exposed bricks and on the other with the original concrete of the building.  The corridor functions as an axis between all bedrooms and washrooms.
Down the hall, a large wooden door with hidden hinges and acoustic system, allows separation between the two parts of the house, so that the two lounges can be used in parallel without interfering with one another.
All carpentry was custom designed and made to fit the requirements of the family and hidden within many storage areas customized specifically according to their use. The black wood cladding in the living room conceals the media system which continues around the corner as a large storage unit for the entrance. The yellow wooden bench facing the street serves as a library for the family’s record collection. The kitchens service unit dividing between the kitchen and the dining space, on one side holds a pantry and many appliances, while on the other side acts as a shelving unit.
Various flooring types, ceiling shelves, painted walls and different materials, allow the division of the public areas according to need without blocking views with a wall or divider. Delicate profiles such as black iron and aluminum separate between materials allowing them to exist side by side harmoniously.
Light fixtures line the length of the corridor emphasizing the movement through the apartment and changes in color and finishing materials of the fixtures produce a rich and varying pace.
To maximize light in private spaces transparent facades were used such as steel doors combined with glass, partitions with upper windows and painting with a glossy finish.

Design Office: RUST Architects

Design Team: Raanan Stern,  Shany Tal.

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Area: 160.00 m2

Project Year: 2016

Photographs: Gidon Levin


Fitzroy North Home | Zunica Design


Description by Zunica Design:

Aiming to create a clean functional layout that embraced the sightlines and flow of the project this new residential build developed a contemporary persona with crisp finishes and a selection of modern furniture, fixtures and lighting that would withstand family living. A strong integration of the exterior and interior spaces provides a sense of space and connectedness for the family with intelligent shading options to ensure the home has maximum use of passive heating during the winter months and appropriate shading for the hot Australian summers.

Design Office: Zunica Design

Location: Fitzroy North, Victoria, Australia

Photographs: Alex Reinders

Home in Taiwan | MORI design


Design Office: MORI design

Design team: TsenYeh Chang, Chin Ling Chang

Location: Yun-Lin County ,Taiwan

Area: 274 m2

Project Year: 2016

Photographs: Moooten


“Piccola Londra” Guest Mansion | NOS Design

Description by NOS Design:

The initial inspiration for the project which deals with the conservation of an existing building has been to enhance its architectural heritage. The architectural elements and decorations reveal its own history, in combination with the creative hand of the Architect. This is the ambition and the challenge that guided Architect Benedetta Gargiulo Morelli, along with her studio NOS Design, in the recovery and expansion project for the villa of “Piccola Londra”.
The project for “Piccola Londra” Guest Mansion has been designed to reconstruct the villa’s original style and elegant character. Infact, most of the adjacent villas have lost this due to the many transformations, super-elevations and degradation. Furthermore, the elevation of the second floor broke the unifying nature of the building with its twin villa.
Before the works, the building had several issues to be solved: most of the rooms were underutilized or poorly preserved. The basement consisted of a large empty room and an out of service toilet. The mezzanine entailed two damp and unhealthy spaces. The second floor presented a kitchen with no dining area and a small terrace in front of it, which was the only means of access to the additional run-down terrace on the upper floor. Furthermore the garden on the ground floor, already penalized by the position in the backyard, was overgrown and inaccessible. How could such poor conditions preserve the initial charm of “Piccola Londra” sophisticated villa?

Design Office: NOS Design

Location: Rome, Italy

School Campus Panhoven Peer | Bekkering Adams Architecten

“School Campus Panhoven Peer” in Belgium is a green campus for children with a varied learning environment.

It was design by Bekkering Adams Architecten.

Description by Bekkering Adams Architecten:

The project School Campus Peer is designed as a landscaped urban ensemble with a secondary school, a primary school, a sports complex and a boarding school. The project, of approximately 18,000 m2, integrates sport fields, playgrounds and a large public park as an integral part of the campus design. The set up of the various buildings, the playgrounds and the outdoor spaces ensures a diverse play and learning landscape, where a range of activities is possible. The campus is located in the immediate vicinity of the centre of Peer. The green central area is open to the public, making the campus a benefit for the town of Peer.

The buildings have spacious common areas for meetings, learning centres and various forms of education. The special rooms in the buildings are designed as expressive accents, and anchor the building to the surrounding environment. Green patios and playground areas are spatially integrated in the buildings. An important component is the flexible and multifunctional set up of the campus, through which multiple use is possible and the campus can be open 24/7 during daytime as well as in the evening. Through this, the campus is forming a vivid learning and recreational complex in the heart of the city of Peer.

The project is part of the Belgium ‘’Schools of Tomorrow’’, a major operation upgrading and renewing more than 200 schools in the whole country. The landscape design was made in co-operation with landscape designers Bureau B + B.

A serene materialisation with natural stone, wood and lively brickwork binds the different buildings together. In the interior, wooden accents enrich the space with a warm atmosphere.

Location:                            Collegelaan, Peer, Belgium
Program:                            18.000 m2, Secondary school, elementary school,
sports complex and boarding school
Client:                                  DBFM Scholen van Morgen, City of Peer
Design:                                2011 – 2016
Completed:                         2016

Design team

Project architects:             Monica Adams, Juliette Bekkering

Team:                                   Frank de Vleeschhouwer, Zuzanna Kuldova,
Perry Klootwijk, Esther Vlasveld, Edwin Nipius,
Pia Fischer, Stefania Masuino, Magdalena Strak,
Philip Mannaerts, Jan Pieter Bos, Frank Venhorst
Landscape architect:        B+B Stedebouw en Landschapsarchitectuur
Contractor:                         Strabag Antwerpen
Technical support:            Bureau Bouwtechniek
M&E Engineer:                   Ingenium nv
Structural Engineer:         ABT België nv

Photographer:                    Scagliola Brakkee

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