Architects

House in Poznan by Easst Architects

The house in Poznan, Poland was designed for a family of four by Easst Architects. The biggest challenge was to fit the extensive functional program proposed by the investor on a very small plot of only 290 m2 with a front width of less than 16 meters. Design has become a complicated puzzle, but the more restrictions the more interesting is the design process.

As a result, we obtained over 250 m2 of usable floor space on three floors, and the house finally houses as many as 5 bedrooms. Two sides of the building adjoin the neighboring buildings because it is a partial reconstruction of an existing small residential building. This made it much easier to obtain more space (m2) but complicated the building structure.

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We wanted to create façades that are durable, easy to maintain and have unusual colors for Polish conditions (the investor showed great courage

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RaeRae House by Austin Maynard Architects

Unconventional but thoroughly logical. Like a German sports car, the beauty of RaeRae’s exterior belies the highly tuned rationalism that generated it. Responsive, contextual and strategic, this is a functional home with nuanced moments of surprise and discovery.

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Austin Maynard Architects: RaeRae is a new five-bedroom family home which incorporates the front of two pre-exisiting terrace homes. A glazed entry, set back between the heritage buildings, unites the two and forms the gateway to the new build, surprising in light and scale. The entry leads from front garden to reveal more greenery, through to a lounge, kitchen and dining room. Above the kitchen is the parent’s bedroom, with walk in robe and ensuite. Beyond the dining room and concealed laundry room, is the two-storey kids-zone, with three bedrooms and a bathroom accessed via a spiral staircase. Below is a rumpus room, a study and a multifunctional utility/garage space.

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Bluff House by Rob Kennon Architects

Aiming for a home within, but not of, the landscape, the Rob Kennon Architectural studio created this modernistic structure from metal beams, glass façade, and lattice shutters that creates a dynamic tension with the surroundings while being fully embedded in it. Submerging two-thirds of the building’s footprint beneath the ground, the architects cleverly used the restrictions of the site, and the result is a building that appears to float above the ground, barely resting on it, next to the beautiful water premises of the surrounding. Openness for the main living zones, secured through large floor-to-ceiling glass walls, offers a magnificent summer view toward the seacoast and the surrounding vegetation.

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Relaxing and luminous merger between pure and simplistic modern lifestyle and the natural seaside dynamics- this is the Bluff House resting on the Australian sea coast. The cantilevered main building pavilion hosts two master bedrooms, living space (with trendy kitchen, dining,

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St Vincent’s Place a Melbourne family home by Coy Yiontis Architects

Situated in one of Melbourne’s most architecturally-significant streets in St Vincents Place, the 2010 build replaced a run-down 1930s Art Deco development that stood before. Through close collaboration with the homeowner, Coy Yiontis have transformed this decade-old home into the minimalist abode it set out to be.

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Approvals were hard-fought and won, culminating in a ruling against council and heritage opposition. Fast-forward a number of years, and the new owner engaged CYA to reconfigure and update the interior. What began as an enlargement of the garage to accommodate the client’s prestige vehicle collection – now on impressive showcase to the dining area via a glazed portal – evolved into an extensive renovation.

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This was due in part to the discovery that the architects’ original specification and detail had not been adopted, and the build quality had been compromised (the architect had not been engaged to manage the construction). Opportunities

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