Venice inspires Peter Ryan Architects in Melbourne restaurant San Lorenzo

Arched booths and a feature Venetian plaster wall complement the warm timbers in this Melbourne restaurant by Peter Ryan Architects. San Lorenzo is a fine-dining Italian restaurant located in the Caribbean Business Park in the Melbourne suburb of Scoresby. Peter Ryan Architects took cues from Venice, channeling the menu and aesthetic of the clients’ other […]

COX Architecture pairs slow food with slow architecture in Osteria Tedesca

“Teasing out beauty from the mundane,” COX Architecture preserved much of the original structure of a 1940s English country retreat, transforming it into Osteria Tedesca. Located in the Victorian town of Red Hill, the restaurant serves Mornington Peninsula produce with a kitchen built around a wood fired oven and grill, and is headed by chef […]

Studio Bright restores Edwardian home to include Roman-style bath

Studio Bright has restored and enlarged a prominent corner-sited Edwardian home in the Melbourne suburb of Northcote to include a nod to Ancient Rome. Ruckers Hills house won last week’s 2020 Victorian Architecture Awards – Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions) prize and was featured in this year’s Open House Speaker Series, earlier in […]

ARM Architecture channels “la passeggiata” in Melbourne shopping centre

ARM Architecture completely replaced the interior of the Australia on Collins shopping centre in Melbourne’s CBD, inspired by the Italian custom of strolling known as ‘la passeggiata’. The high-end retail centre dubbed St. Collins Lane was shortlisted for last week’s Victorian Architecture Award. The project missed out on a nod, but ARM did take home […]

Bence Mulcahy add “beautifully detailed” glass box to Tasmanian Federation home

Beautifully restored by Bence Mulcahy, this highly crafted Federation Italianate home in the foothills of Tasmania’s Mount Wellington responds to the client’s desire to live engulfed by the garden in spectacular fashion. Built in 1900, the Victorian house Culverden in Tasmania’s Mount Stuart had a greenhouse kitchen when the current owners, Bronwyn Fitzgerald and Guy […]

Madeleine Blanchfield designs casual Sydney beach house for parents

Madeleine Blanchfield has created a “raw, honest and simple” beach house for her retired parents in the south Sydney coastal town of Bendalong. Drawing from the area’s “easy-going” holiday shacks and working to a “relatively low budget”, Blanchfield’s eponymous practice designed the home to accommodate visiting family and friends. “We wanted to be respectful of […]

Biasol makes stone the centrepiece of Melbourne home

In a nod to his and his clients’ Italian heritage, Jean-Pierre Biasol designed this Melbourne home with stone at the centre of every room. Owners, the Bartucca family, are a successive generation of Italian stonemasons and run Bartucca Tiling and Construction. “The clients wanted a family home that encapsulates modern living and celebrates their family […]

Chenchow Little inserts arched windows into Sydney home

Chenchow Little has created three-dimensional internal voids with expansive arched windows in this family home in the inner Sydney suburb of Glebe. Known for its Victorian terrace houses and narrow streets, Glebe has small allotments and a high density of housing in comparison to other Sydney suburbs. The site for Chenchow Little’s Glebe House is […]

Studio Haptic designs small footprint Japanese-inspired own home in Sydney

Taking subtle cues from Japanese Machiya townhouse, Studio Haptic’s Mathew Mariani designed his family home to test “the efficiency of smaller housing models”. Applied to a narrow, long site typical of inner west Sydney, Leichhardt Machiya offers a variant to the typical ‘gun barrel’ terrace houses of the area. “The house draws on the Kyo-Machiya in […]

Virginia Kerridge Architect gives Boyd-winning home a sustainable revamp

Virginia Kerridge Architects has used recycled materials to create a “durable, sustainable and beautiful” redesign of a Robin Boyd-winning home in Sydney. Grant Pirrie House was originally built in the 1890s as a timber warehouse. More than 100 years later, the property was refurbished by Sydney architect Graham Jahn, earning him the 1999 Robin Boyd […]

Alexander Pollock Melbourne weekender dominated by “dramatic stone”

Alexander Pollock gutted and renovated a boutique apartment in Melbourne to feel like a hotel suite with stone detailing and a “masculine palette”. The one-bedroom apartment close to Spring Spring was for a recently single client looking to create a weekend bachelor pad. Alexander Pollock took the apartment in a “luxe and masculine direction. “The […]