Above: Fish Creek House by Edition Office. Photo by Ben Hosking.
This year has been one of growth for our social channels, with Instagram hitting 10,000 followers, working hard to promote and celebrate local practices along the way. Thank you to all of our followers for your support, and if you aren’t following us yet, you can find us at @ausdesignreview. You can also find MEZZANINE at @mezzanine_mag.
Now, as part of our celebration of the best projects of the year, we take a look at ADR’s top 10 Instagram photos for 2016:
10. Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects
With a corridor that links the main house and the two-storey addition, the single-fronted terrace house by MRTN Architects makes the most of space while aligning with both the indoors and outdoors absolutely seamlessly.
9. Acute House by OOF! Architecture
OOF! Architecture’s transformation of a ‘renovator’s nightmare’ – an extremely decrepit cottage – into a contemporary family home takes a very limited, triangular site and uses it to its absolute potential while maintaining as much of the original premise as possible.
8. Carlton Cloister by MRTN Architects
The simple palette and clever connection with its surrounds has earnt this project hundreds of Instagram hearts and two of 2016’s top 10 spots. (The cat seems quite happy about the maximised outdoor views, too).
7. Wangjing Soho by Zaha Hadid Architects
Following her death, AR145 featured a retrospective on the life and career of ‘starchitect’ Zaha Hadid – including a look at her work on skyscrapers, which often completely disregarded the genre’s orthodox design. AR also explored her undeniably strong influence within the museum sector and on performing arts buildings. One of Hadid’s most recognisable works, Wangjing Soho, is an office and retail complex in Beijing, conceptually conceived as ‘Chinese fans that circle and embrace each other in an intricate dance’.
6. Balmain House by Fox Johnston
The eye-catching Balmain House features a sculpted second story which floats above the ground plane, containing the main bedroom, ensuite, library/gallery and study. The upstairs spaces were carefully shaped and designed in order to preserve views and sunlight accessibility, as well as to open the house to ventilation.
5. Woods Bagot Melbourne Office by Woods Bagot
Inspired by Ferran Adria’s cookbook, The Family Meal, Woods Bagot’s Melbourne office employs a sense of domesticity within the workplace – resulting in a range of formal and informal spaces formed around a large central space at the core of the floorplate. The timber-dominated project won the Workplace Over 1000sqm Award at IDEA 2016.
4. Acute House by OOF! Architecture
This stand-out design also garnered maximum double-taps this year, taking out two of our top 10 spots!
3. Indigo Slam by Smart Design Studio
Since its reveal, Smart Design Studio has won quite a collection of awards for this whimsical home, including the Residential Single award at this year’s IDEA. The home features a façade of sculpted concrete, serene living spaces and monumental halls.
2. Fish Creek House by Edition Office
This project won the Residential – New category at the Architeam Awards in November. A striking home constructed out of pale bricks, it sits low to the landscape, hugging the ground of a ridgeline.
1. Brick Addition by NOJI Architects
This Dublin extension, reposted from Kinwolf Renovations, was our most popular post of the year by far. The project connects the existing house to the garden and the original mews beyond, while pitched roofs maximise the home’s internal volume.