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We are excited to announce that our Irving Street housing project in Malvern will soon begin construction. The project, which was designed for Figurehead, has finished the documentation stage and Flux Construction will begin the build in the coming weeks. The B.E Directors are currently meeting with potential buyers to explain first hand some of the finer aspects of the design and building techniques that will make up the building typology. The project was informed by the precinct’s period homes and established gardens.⠀ We look forward to featuring construction images shortly.⠀ #australianarchitecture #australiandesigners #interiordesign #concretearchitecture #concrete #residentialdesign #melbournearchitects #sydneyarchitects #bearchitecture #beinteriors #artisinal #modernarchitecture #architecturalrenders #figurehead #jelliscraig #fluxconstruction #gabrielsaunders #latitudegroup #materiality #landscapedesign #facadedesign #collonades #interiorarchitecture #brickwork
As part of our practice, we often design bespoke items for our projects. This usually involves developing these products with different craftspeople creating various prototypes before the final object is ready for installation. Our stone baths are hand-carved out of a single block of granite, whose external shape was inspired by a stone pulpit which one of our Directors saw in a French church in Melle which had been renovated by architect Mathieu Lehanneur. While the outside of the bath has been shaped to follow a particular aesthetic, the inside follows a different profile set by specific ergonomics to ensure it is comfortable to use. The outside surface is chiselled by hand to a fine-textured finish, and the inside to a smooth honed finish. The top lip of the bath is slightly rounded and wide enough to comfortably support a person's head when having a long soak. Our later models have since had electric heating incorporated into their bases helping to keep the bath warm on the
The outdoor entertaining area of the Armadale Residence was designed on a raised terrace which extends out from the main living area of the house. The luminous white granite cladding appears to rise directly out of the water which was lined with dark grey ceramic tiles with bluestone capping for the internal steps. The water finishes flush with the surrounding concrete apron with a fine perimeter drain around its edge. The spa at one end of the pool is all detailed below the water line so it does not interfere with the pools simple detailing. The pool in certain times of the day appears to be a giant pool of blue ink. The balcony of the living room counter levers out over the water in a single piece of the same stone that the house was built from. We hope you enjoy these images as much as we do.⠀ #bearchitecture #bepools #featurepools #pooldesign #modernarchitecture #residentialdesign #residentialarchitecture #melbournearchitects #sydneyarchitects #contemporaryarchitecture
As the year draws ever so quickly to a close, we wanted to look back at some of the year's highlights. After it's completion in February this year and several subsequent award nominations, we revisit our Mermaid Beach Residence in Queensland.⠀ The project, designed for a client with a keen appreciation and fondness of concrete, has been recaptured by photographer Derek Swalwell in this new exclusive set of images. Here's a sneak peek...⠀ #australianarchitecture #australiandesigners #interiordesign #concretearchitecture #concreteinterior #concrete #residentialdesign #melbournearchitects #sydneyarchitects #bearchitecture #beinteriors #timberpanels #modernarchitecture #queenslandarchitecture #beachhouse #mermaidbeach #houseonthebeach #architecturephotography⠀
As a continuation of our last posts on the Clifton Street Residence, today we are looking at the rear extension being built behind the four-room workers' cottage. ⠀ The lean-to’s and old shedding have been demolished from the rear and the site excavated for the new extension. The images today show the impressive progress Dome Building has made over the last three months of construction. ⠀ The curved concrete walls that abut the footpath were made off-site on large steel formwork and then installed on-site. These walls will support the concrete first floor that extends out onto a rear terrace which looks out above the street and lane towards to city creating a private raised courtyard.⠀ The extension will house the main kitchen and living area, the master bedroom, as well as an underground carpark and laundry facilities.⠀ These inner-city projects require complex engineering solutions with the close proximity of neighbouring buildings and council assets.⠀ We
When renovating an old building, it is sometimes necessary to completely remove years of former renovations to reveal the bare structural shell. This process ensures the end product is sound and will perform to a client’s expectations.⠀ To continue on from yesterday’s post, today we are showing the progress of the internal restoration of our workers' cottage in Clifton Street, Richmond. Four of the original rooms have been retained from the original building which will form part of a substantial new addition under construction at the rear. After much demolition work, now only the structural walls and roof remain. Higher archways and doorways were created and chimneys propped with steel where their bases have been decommissioned. ⠀ The extent of demolition ensures that the new works are not just functional, but finished to the highest possible standards. This, in turn, means the result is a home that will perform as good if not better than a house built from scratch.
Work is well underway on our Clifton Street project in Richmond. We wanted to share some of our site visit photos, that highlight the extent of the work involved when renovating period homes. ⠀ The original four-room Victorian workers' cottage underwent several ill-conceived renovations over the years. Of which, include a layer of pebble Crete over the front façade’s polychrome brickwork and the original timber double-hung windows and doors replaced with aluminium sliders. With this type of job, it's best to take the structure back to its bare bones. This ensures the completed project will have the same qualities as a new home, which will last another 100 years without dating. The images show the chemical removal of the cement render from the bricks and the installation of the new windows and bluestone sub sills, along with the repairs to the brickwork, which will be tuckpointed. Once tuckpointing is complete, the veranda will be rebuilt.⠀ We, along with the client, are
Today we are sharing the renders of our Hawthorn East house designed for a couple and their young family. The couple have strong ties with their Indian heritage and wanted that reflected in the architecture. The buildings primary construction material of handmade brick is reminiscent of the red Jaipur stone which the homes of their family, were made from. The deep dusty tones of the handmade brickwork will be tempered by flush struck mortar which when laid in this manner softens the brick course lines creating a more homogenous look to the masonry. The masonry used both as an exterior cladding and as a feature on certain walls is tempered by oiled timber floors and white insitu concrete. The external areas are divided by a series of covered terraces which will be used for outdoor gatherings for family and friends which was an important factor in how the clients wanted to use their home A strong garden presence was also an important feature of the clients brief and so there are
Our projects are made of many individual concepts that have to be designed and developed before they are implemented in our houses. Over the last 6 months we have been designing a new skirting profile for a period house renovation in Armadale with one of our regular suppliers, Paul Kilburn of Kilburn joinery who specialises in solid timber handcrafted joinery items. This new skirting profile was designed to support the large volume rooms of a Victorian house with its high ceilings, where the large profiles of the skirting would not be lost. Period houses often have many layers of detail and decoration. The skirtings and architraves in these houses are often a big part of the personality of these buildings. The solid timber profile shown here, has been simplified while being made bolder in their expression. The larger radius at the top of the skirting continues up the door jamb creating the architrave which then continues unbroken around the room unlike many of the original period
Thank you to @architizer team for their inclusion of our Mermaid Beach House in their latest article on Australian beach houses. Designing a building in the sand dunes with the salt and wind straight off the ocean is always a challenge but it helps when your client starts with the question, “Can you design in concrete?”. Apart from being very practical, it is a building which is full of textures and soft graduations of colour. The palette of concrete timber and stone feels relaxed and informal. Which are things we like to associate with living by the sea… and when the wind does blow, no one needs to worry. Link in bio. #goldcoastarchitecture #beachhouses #australianbeachhouses #minimalistbeachhouses #architizer #melbournearchitects #sydneyarchitects #modernarchitecture #contemporaryarchitecture #concrete #minimalistarchitecture #buildingbythesea #pacebuilders #mermaidbeach #hedgesavenue
A short film today from a recent site visit to our mermaid beach house in Queensland by our photographer Derek Swalwell. It’s always difficult to capture the feeling of a home purely from a photograph and sometimes film fills in the missing gaps. Although featuring raw concrete as a finished wall surface the feeling is still soft and inviting, appropriate for a beach side residence in a hot climate and sits well with the oiled oak floors and timber cabinetry. The family of four have now well and truly moved in making the building a home. We will feature Derek’s shots of the house over the next few weeks. @derek swalwell #contemporaryarchitecture #australianarchitecture #australiandesign #bearchitecture #derekswalwell #paceconstructions #hedgesavenuehouses #modernhousequeensland #residentialarchitecture #concretearchitecture #concrete #melbournearchitects #queenslandarchitects #interiordesign #landscapedesign #facadedesign #interiorarchitecture #modernarchitecture
Thank you to Bronwyn Marshall and staff at @est living for their feature article on our St. Vincent house in their latest online edition (issue no. 34). It’s always great to see images from this project continue to pop up on social media after the years of work that were put into it. From sitting down with the client for that first design meeting to sitting down for dinner with them in their new home. Many great memories. Thank you to @derek swalwell for his beautiful photographs of the projects. #interiordesign #interiorarchitecture #estliving #bearchitecture #periodrestoration #melbournearchitects #sydneyarchitects #australianarchitects #concrete #stone #bespokefurniture #handmadefurniture #derekswalwell #swimmingpools #modernarchitecture #contemporaryart #winecellar