The Beach House of Auckland Designer Dean Poole and His Family

The beach house of Auckland designer Dean Poole and his family is nestled among the dense native bushland of the Waitakere Ranges, emerging from the vertical terrain to sit among the treetops. Designed by Stevens Lawson Architects, the house rejoices in a sense of isolation, tucked away in the wilderness.

Taking such joy in simplicity, Karekare is deeply connected to the natural environment in which it rests lightly. Celebrating its sense of isolation from human intervention, the project fulfils its mission to create a quintessentially New Zealand experience of both landscape and habitation.

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A desire to connect with the natural landscape and provide an “authentic New Zealand experience” for their children drew Dean Poole and Kristen Dudson to the slice of land on the hillside, which they purchased in 2011.

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This interstitial space allows for a relatively unmediated connection with the natural environment, but as one moves inside, the

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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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