Think you know steel? Think again

A new exhibition aims to open our eyes to the incredible versatility of a material that inhabits our homes, cars, buildings and everything in between. Steel is ubiquitous in the modern world. First forged some 4000 years ago, its use has been critical to multiple civilisations. It’s also a material that ranges from functional to […]

Inside the studio of Andrei Davidoff

Ceramicist Andrei Davidoff makes functional objects and conceptual art pieces that are textural, beautiful and timeless. Mark Scruby visits his studio to find out about his creative process and approach to design. Mezzanine: How did you get into ceramics? Andrei Davidoff: I was studying chemical engineering and commerce at uni, but it ended up not […]

Small house, big change

On a tiny site in Hobart, Preston Lane Architects has rejuvenated a delightful old worker’s cottage and created a light-filled modern home that belies its small footprint, writes Judith Abell. This project, located on a steep inner city street of Hobart, presents the kind of challenge that architects tend to relish – a tiny site, an […]

Hunting for diversity in design

“We challenged ourselves to build a home without plasterboard.”

A creative approach to material choice can bring the aesthetics, form and sustainability of a house to life in amazing ways, write Polly Bastow and Tony Stuart of Form Architecture Furniture. When designing and constructing your house it pays to think deeply about the actual building fabric. What are you going to make the building […]

A home designed for a travelling couple

It’s unusual that the impetus for a home design is to accommodate a Land Cruiser, but for this travelling couple it was the main requirement of their brief. The property, which fronts on to a busy road in Randwick, near Centennial Park, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, was an old house in ageing condition. The owners […]

Sweet as brandy: step inside this Cognac home renovation

Positioned in the Jardin Public quarter of the historic centre of Cognac, south-west France, this home renovation is reminiscent of the quintessential Paris apartment. The design of the house, which dates from before 1850, was created by Sydney-based interior designer Andrew Loader Design who took on a complete “back to bones restoration” beginning with the […]

A roof that twists and sweeps bucks the single-storey renovation trend

The wedge-shaped extension by Object Subject shows how an architect can answer a relatively simple brief for a residential add-on with a design that is delightful for its occupants and intriguing for lucky visitors. Contemporary single-storey renovations tend to follow a similar formula. Knock down the back of the house and add a seamless extension […]

Shape shifter

Faced with the constraints of a very small inner city site with an unfavourable orientation, Sibling designed a house that’s part residential façade, part Swiss Army knife. The Veil house by Melbourne architecture collective Sibling is a truly small-scale intervention. Located among the Victorian terrace houses of Melbourne’s inner north, its design is centred on […]

Australian Regency meets Japanese Zen

Bringing in influences of Japanese Zen, homeowner and architect Renjie Teoh rejigged this 1920s Regency-style Heritage apartment into an uber-functional space, all on a shoestring budget. Proving that a clever floor plan and sensitive approach can result in a comfortable and thoughtful home, Teoh’s apartment in Sydney’s Rosebank also brings in plenty of personality, but […]