Chan Architecture Have Designed A Couple Of Townhouses In Melbourne


Chan Architecture have recently completed the Hawthorn East Townhouses in Melbourne, Australia. Modern in their design and nearly identical, the townhouses are set at different heights making each home distinctive. The exterior of the townhouses have lightweight, black aluminium batten screening over the large windows, and metal cladding is used to provide a sleek look. Entering into one of the townhouses, you walk down a hallway before arriving in the living room.

Once in the living room, large folding glass doors can be opened to reveal an outdoor patio with dining area. Back inside, the couch in the living room sits in front of a set of large windows making this light room even brighter. Light wood cabinets and open shelving have been designed to surround the fireplace and provide ample storage.

In the kitchen, a large white island sits below two pendant lamps in the kitchen, and white rectangular tiles have been used as a backsplash. Light wood cabinets tie in with the cabinets in the living room and the counter stools.

Half-Sunk in the Dune House


Located on the island of Terschelling in the Netherlands, Dune House by Marc Koehler Architects rises over the harsh terrain, offering views of the North Sea. Its shape resembles a wooden diamond, which varies in angle and exposure as the visual perspective shifts. According to the architects, “the forces of nature prevalent in the environment.

This New Wood Filled Home Overlooks The Bushland Below

contemporary-architecture_100616_01contemporary-architecture_100616_04contemporary-architecture_100616_07contemporary-architecture_100616_08The home, designed by Shaun Lockyer Architects, has large swimming pool, with a sun deck for relaxing on hot days.

A 1960s House Is Given A Contemporary Update With More Space For Living*

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Dwell + Design Space Collaboration for Dwell on Design 2016*

collaboDwell on Design (DOD) has established an advertising trade with Design Space Magazine. This year, Dwell on Design has several new and exciting collaborations that are sure to give increased exposure to an international audience of architects, designers and enthusiasts alike. Dwell on Design LA 2016 – The 11th annual DODLA returns June 24-26 to the Los Angeles Convention Center.*

Spanish designer Jose A. Gandia-Blasco, has designed the Cristal Box for GANDIABLASCO. It is a glass-enclosed shelter that lets you seek refuge from the elements, but at the same time you get to admire the surrounding scenery.


Architecture and design firm TACT, have completed the Heathdale Residence, a home for family in Toronto, Canada.


T/A House is a private residence located in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Feldman Architecture have designed a house in San Francisco, California, for a couple with three children.

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A small green roof adds some life to the top floor of the home, which also offers views of Twin Peaks and Mount Sutro.


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Moshe Safdie’s “Habitat 67”

architecture-modern-apartment design-modern-apartment modern-apartment-2 modern-apartment-4 modern-apartment-5 modern-apartment-11  modern-apartment-21modern-apartment-15Moshe Safdie’s “Habitat 67” is an iconic landmark that has inspired architecture since its inception in 1967. This apartment building in Montreal, Canada, offers tenants the possibility of living in a village-like atmosphere within a high-rise context. The stacking of each apartment allows each tenant to have a one-of-a-kind unit layout while sharing a garden terrace with an adjoining tenant. The only commonality of these unique spaces is the panoramic view of the city skyline across the St-Lawrence river below.

7 Examples Of Windows Designed For Sitting*

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A Mid-Century Modern Update In Marinwood

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Building Lab designed a contemporary renovation of the Appleberry Drive Residence, an original Eichler house in Marinwood, California. As can be said of most Eichlers, this was a great house to begin with. By means of the subtle rather than the grand, we strove to re-invigorate the modesty, simplicity and clarity of the original design.

Visua Perspectives:  The Edge House in Kraków, Poland

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OakPast Guest by Walker Workshop

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OakPast Guest by Walker Workshop

“The Oak Pass Road guesthouse uses its height and a small footprint to maximize panoramic canyon views and strengthen its connection to the surrounding tree-filled site. The lower level consists of a rehabbed and enlarged barn and newly constructed living spaces. The upper floor is clad in wood and has bedrooms at opposite corners of the floating volume.”

Barton Hills Residence by A Parallel Architecture

bh_151214_01-630x420 bh_151214_03-630x787 bh_151214_04-630x787 bh_151214_05-630x787 bh_151214_06-630x787 bh_151214_07-940x1175 bh_151214_08-630x945 bh_151214_08 bh_151214_09-630x420 bh_151214_10-940x1175 bh_151214_11Nestled into the edge of a hilltop in South Austin, this new construction home sits on one of the highest points within the city limits, offering panoramic skyline and hill-country views. Due to the steep approach to the house, the building is partially sunken into the earth, allowing for vehicular access and parking below, as well as elevated living spaces above, including a deep shaded roof deck. The split-level design allows the building to comply with city development restrictions while maximizing views out and privacy from the street below. The building is vertically stratified across the split-level configuration, housing vehicles on the lowest level, public space and secondary sleeping rooms at the rear yard level above, storage and mechanical on the interstitial 3rd level, and a generous master suite with lounge and roof deck on the 4th. This stratification allows for a wide variety of spatial experiences and view opportunities as one ascends the central stair tower. The tectonic design reinforces this vertical procession, starting with a heavy concrete plinth that retains earth at the sunken garage and becomes the foundation, exposed steel wide-flange beams which support the heavy loads of the second story and roof deck, and cantilevered glulam beams at the high roof, that taper up to the sky and orient this level to its primary downtown view. Built-in rooftop planters screen undesirable neighboring views while offering privacy to the master suite. An exterior stair connects the roof deck with the private rear yard, where a generous covered porch shades the west-facing window wall and serves as an outdoor living room.

Madison Park House by First Lamp

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Daunting and stubborn while also inspiring, the site was our true client . A handful of landslides had occurred here in past years, so this tucked-away location had been ignored or avoided until recently. After a series of site visits with our “ground team” (engineers, excavator, and foundation subcontractors), we came to understand two things: 1) That development here would actually increase the stability of the site and 2) It would therefore be an asset to the surrounding landscape and community.

Aroeira III House by ColectivArquitectura

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Amchit Residence by BLANKPAGE

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Man’s Choice 2 by at26

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Architect George Brooke-Kothlow Leave his Footprint in Big Sur

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Ocean Park House by Campos Leckie Studio

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The programmatic organization allows the primary residents to live entirely on the ground floor. The japanese-inspired courtyard ‘moss garden’ operates as a multi-faceted architectural device – it provides circulation along the primary project axis from the main entry through to the backyard pool and workout pavilion; it provides a visual extension of the living room into the garden; and the sliding glass doors in the kitchen (conceived as a glass box in the garden) open directly into the courtyard and the outdoor dining space beyond. The central living space is bracketed on the south side by a large concrete fireplace which provides privacy from the street, and it extends visually into the mossy minimalist courtyard to the north. The orientation, form, and positioning of the upper volume was designed to protect against direct solar gain during the summer months, while allowing light at lower sun angles to penetrate into the spaces during the winter months.

Mill Valley Residence by CCS Architecture

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 Cloud Street Residence by AWA

cs_240414_01-630x420 cs_240414_03-630x945 cs_240414_04-630x420 cs_240414_05-630x420 cs_240414_07-630x945 cs_240414_07-940x1410 cs_240414_08-940x1410 cs_240414_10-630x945Cloud Street House began as a cramped 900 SF cottage on a 50’x100’ lot. Budget constraints required a single story solution, achieved by reusing the existing foundation while adding 500 SF of flexible indoor/outdoor space. The final design features abundant natural light, sustainable materials, and fully integrated indoor/outdoor rooms. The primary goals of the project require completely rethinking the existing ill-conceived spaces, improving the overall flow to enhance connections to the outdoors and bring in as much daylight as possible. With this degree of compactness, all living spaces need to “work hard”, with every element serving double duty. The new floor plan is organized along a vaulted central spine separating public and private zones. Large glazed bi-fold doors open the dining room to the patio, creating a courtyard. By maximizing the connection to the yards and creating accessible outdoor rooms, the entire site becomes integral to the everyday life of the homeowners and their young children. Although the finished house is a modest 1465 SF, it feels much larger because of its comfortable volume. The roofline is entirely reworked to vault the ceilings and allow for clerestory windows. The house is now maximally flooded with daylight for its orientation, passively warming the house in winter and contributing to natural ventilation in summer.

Russet Residence by Slyce Design

Gorgeous-evening-view-of-Russet-Residence- Kitchen-and-living1 Kitchen-white-and-bits-of-wood Russet-Residence-front-view Staircase- Wonderful-viewsRusset Residence is a 4,600 square feet home located on a steep slope of land in West Vancover, Canada. This modern house was completed last year by Splyce Design, literally embracing nature. The house’s front was tucked into the hill while the rear of it opens to the ocean. The objective for this project was to create a relaxing home environment fully connected to the landscape. Floor-to-ceiling glass panels substitute regular walls allowing residents to enjoy the lush and uninterrupted vegetation. Cedar trees and and Douglas fir are so close that it feels like your living room and the woods are one.

Villa Chiberta – Atelier Delphine Carrere

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The Modern Closet – Organization at Home

tumblr_ltg12umOAU1qd11c7o1_500Once you decide­ to get organized, the hardest step to take is committing yourself to the first organizing project. After that, the rest is easy; it’s simply a matter of learning the principles of organizing, following a sensible sequence in organizing, and visualizing and defining a precise objective. In this article we will reveal some valuable tips when it comes to organizing your closet.  You have two options for organizing: You can either do it yourself or call in a professional organizer. Most professional organizing companies are limited to dealing w­ith closets or garages, leaving the rest of the house to your own devices. Some companies may help with custom cabinetry for dens, kitchens, or bathrooms, and their professional designers can help with pricing and selection of materials. But this type of help has little or nothing to do with the principles of organizing. Evaluate each of the areas you plan to organize and determine which one causes the most distress; start by organizing that. If you are using outside help, formulate a list of specific requirements you consider vital to the good use of the space, the protection of your possessions, and your own peace of mind. It’s a good idea to consult with two or three different organizing firms before choosing one. And do some research on your own to gain as much knowledge on the subject as possible. Don’t be hesitant about discussing and listening to suggestions; the more information and strategies you digest, the better the outcome will be. Remember, you have the final word on every decision. Don’t automatically accede to every recommendation the representative makes unless you understand and agree with the reason for its inclusion. (Do the same for your own personal design.) You will regret it later if you simply turn the matter over to a consultant. You must be involved, since only you know your needs and preferences.

Modern Family Retreat in Mexico: Fatima House

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Winsomere Crescent House by Dorrington Architects & Associates

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Lady Peel House by Atelier Reza Aliabadi

ht_240214_01-630x422 ht_240214_02 ht_240214_03 ht_240214_04 ht_240214_05-630x406 ht_240214_06-630x420The Birthplace of Beatrice Lillie known as Lady Peel, over a century old, is now rejuvenated and playing a new role. With respect for the actress who once lived there, the house inherits a talent: playing a new role while living in the same skin. The reformation of the house takes a responsible approach towards the neighborhood and the adjacent buildings by focusing the transformation on the interior spaces and minimizing it on the exterior façade. The exterior alterations are limited to the careful enlargement of the windows and the exposure of the brick structure underneath the previous cladding. The 60’ x 15’ house gives the architect an opportunity to emphasize on linearity of spaces. By eliminating the unnecessary elements in the floor plans, the house is transformed into continuous open-concept spaces in which natural light makes a soft voyage and exaggerates the length of the rooms.

The Dixon House by Designgroup Stapleton Elliott

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House Boz by Nico van der Meulen Architects

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Kessel-Lo House by NU Architectuuratelier


Squam Residence on Nantucket Island

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Original Roof Car Park Defining Contemporary Residence in LA

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Limantos Residence by Fernanda Marques

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Modern Design for Two-Level House Extension in Australia

architecture-Mullet-House-by-March-Studio design-Mullet-House-by-March-Studio exterior-Mullet-House-by-March-Studio Mullet-House-by-March-Studio-4 Mullet-House-by-March-Studio-5 Mullet-House-by-March-Studio-6 Mullet-House-by-March-Studio-7 Mullet-House-by-March-Studio-8 Mullet-House-by-March-Studio-9 Mullet-House-by-March-Studio-10 Mullet-House-by-March-Studio-11The unconventional two-level house extension features an original angular roof contributing to the aerodynamic shape of the bungalow-inspired building. Excavated into the ground, the garage area was left open, while the upper volume was enclosed by glass. It is here that the extra bedrooms and bathrooms are located. “The new extension is not meant to be sympathetic to an older style but rather has been shaped by the clients’ brief, solar access and one of Melbourne’s best views back onto the city,” explained the architects.

Zero Energy House by BLAF Architecten

Zero-Energy-House-01-800x540 Zero-Energy-House-03-800x533 Zero-Energy-House-05-800x1153 Zero-Energy-House-07-800x533 Zero-Energy-House-08-800x527 Zero-Energy-House-10-800x598 Zero-Energy-House-11-800x1200 Zero-Energy-House-12-800x1200Belgium is one of the most dense, yet endlessly dispersed areas in Europe, and has come to a point where the existing models for spatial development, often based on private ownership of land, are no longer justifiable. The ambition of this project in Asse was not to criticize this situation, but to explore an alternative and positive approach, and cause a shift in the behavior that created this problem, reflecting the architects’ research into the generating capacity of architecture on a spatial, social and ecological level. The site of the house is in a leftover lot in a 1960s housing development. By designing the front yard of the house as a semi-public playground, and by using the front facade of the house as a drawing board, this house becomes a more social and hospitable element in the neighborhood  The unexpected introduction of the semi-public space dislocates the allotment’s rigid concepts of privacy and territory. The topography and orientation of the site, and the passive house principals have lead to an efficient skin design that embodies the transparency, flexibility and interaction of the house.”

Albizia House by Metropole Architects

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The Forest House by EMA

tf_170813_04-940x626 tf_170813_05-940x626 tf_170813_06-940x626 tf_170813_08-940x1410 tf_170813_09 tf_170813_12The house is located in the mountains of Mazamitla, 120 kilometres away from Guadalajara (Mexico), in a steeply sloping terrain surrounded by a thick pine forest. Rocks, soil, rain, pines, fog … the beauty of the landscape and the natural elements in the site are the premise and constant inspiration for the project. The house comes out from the stones found in the site, which shape the containing walls and the basement of the house. The intersection of two volumes at different heights generates a path in the landscape, which makes the most of the natural slope and emphasizes the panoramic views. The entrance to the house is sandwiched between the stones of the mountain and a wall with a direct view from inside the house to the same stonewall. This access corridor hidden and closed between artificial and natural elements provides some drama upon entering the house. From this corner you enter the closed space generated by the union of the two main volumes. This is a double-height space corresponding to a cube of 7 meters side, which provides wide views to the landscape. So the contrast is emphasized: the threshold turns into limit and, at the same time, connection between these so dramatically different scenarios. All the other areas of the house are accessible from this double-height space. On the same floor, there are three of the five bedrooms connected by a corridor characterized by a large elongated window that frames the stones of the site, thus strengthening the dialogue with the landscape. On the upper floor, connected by a bridge-walkway, are the other two rooms: the grandparents’ (homeowners) and their grandchildren’s. On the lower level, the volume that contains the living area hides below the main entrance and comes out from the ground in a protagonist way meeting the foliage of the pines. This rectangular wooden “box” reminiscent of the “tree house” frames from above the wooded landscape that surrounds it.

Haptic Chair by Trine Kjaer Design Studio

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Trine Kjaer Design Studio have designed the Haptic Chair.

Westbury Crescent Residence by David Barr Architect

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Winsomere Crescent by Dorrington Architects

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