Sydney’s Chica Bonita restaurant evades “over-the-top” colours

Terracotta-coloured surfaces and step-like decor features appear inside this Mexican restaurant in Sydney, which Studio Gram has designed to steer away from cultural cliches. Serving up a mix of tacos and cocktails, Chica Bonita has been designed by Studio Gram to celebrate Mexican culture while avoiding the “over-the-top and over-saturated colour palette” that has become […]

Studio Four channels hygge inside Melbourne family home

Dark surfaces and an array of warm materials helped Studio Four create a cosy series of rooms behind the black facade of this Melbourne family home. Central Park Road Residence is situated in the suburb of Malvern and has been designed to appear as “the definition of hygge” – a Danish term used to describe […]

Hoggs & Lamb recreates features of ancient Babylon in Sydney restaurant

Recessed arches, free-standing stone plinths and hanging rooftop plants are designed to recall the ancient ruins of Babylon inside a restaurant and bar in Sydney. The restaurant, which takes its name from the city of Babylon, is located on the rooftop floor of Westfield shopping centre. Hogg & Lamb designed it with numerous arches and niches from travertine and natural […]

Studio Esteta designs Via Porta cafe in Melbourne to look like an Italian street

Plaster surfaces and paved stone floors feature inside this deli-cum-cafe in Melbourne, which Studio Esteta’s co-director has designed to reflect her Italian roots. Via Porta, which incorporates a deli, cafe and dining room, is the brainchild of Studio Esteta‘s co-director, Sarah Cosentino, and her three brothers. Together they wanted to create a family-run venue that […]

Matt Gibson extends Melbourne terrace with glazed kitchen undercroft

Matt Gibson Architecture + Design has adapted a heritage-listed Victorian house in Melbourne by “weaving” a modern programme into the existing red-brick shell. The studio has refurbished a 19th century house and added a two-storey rear extension made from brick and glass. The home been longlisted in this year’s Dezeen Awards in the Residential rebirth category. […]

Studio Jackson Scott minimises waste in construction of OCM House in Sydney

The size of a standard fibre-cement panel defined the proportions of this simple house in Sydney, designed by Studio Jackson Scott. Locally based architect Scott Jackson designed the single-storey OCM House to minimise waste. The building has a simple, rectilinear floor plan, with both the length and width designed to suit the dimensions of the cladding material. But […]

Steel exoskeleton covers timber extension to Australian bungalow

Takt Studio has added an extension with a steel exoskeleton and sloping roof to a 1950s brick bungalow in the foothills of the Illawarra mountains in Australia. Called Exoskeleton House, the extension has a timber frame which is encased in a steel-frame shell. It abuts the north side of the original house, where it has […]

Biasol looks to Tulum for interiors of Tasmania’s Sisterhood restaurant

Leaf-print walls, rattan seating and deep-green decor details merge to form the tropical interiors of this restaurant in Tasmania which Biasol has designed to evoke the atmosphere of a holiday hot-spot in Mexico. Left inspired after a trip to the balmy shores of Tulum, design studio Biasol worked to create interiors for Sisterhood which “imbue […]

Lovell Burton uses agricultural materials for shed-style Australian house

Architecture studio Lovell Burton has referenced surrounding hay sheds to create a house clad in galvanised steel panels on an agricultural paddock north west of Melbourne. Designed for an author seeking a change from inner-city life, the architecture studio created Springhill House as a rural retreat and place for reflection. The house has been longlisted for […]

Koskela keeps weaving traditions alive with Ngalya lamp collection

Australian design brand Koskela has collaborated with indigenous artisans to make a series of hand-woven lights using locally harvested plant materials and natural dyes. The Ngalya lighting collection was created as part of Koskela‘s Yuṯa Baḏayala project, which translates as “in a new light”. The project saw the brand work with Yolngu weavers from six […]

Layan wraps Light House in a screen of illuminated metal discs

A dynamic screen of illuminated, rotating polycarbonate discs shield the upper level of this home in Melbourne, completed by Layan for the director of local lighting design practice The Flaming Beacon. Layan has extended and renovated a heritage-protected worker’s cottage to create Light House. The Melbourne studio added new spaces to the rear and above the original structure […]

Adam Wright-Smith designs Melbourne restaurant around “sense of adventure”

Australian chef Adam Wright-Smith has turned an old mill in Melbourne into a restaurant spread across a set of formerly industrial buildings with a central kitchen at its heart. Half Acre is designed by the local chef, who took on the industrial plot in the south of the Australian city for the restaurant project. The site […]

Writer’s Shed is a tiny garden studio in Melbourne covered in ivy

Ivy creates a green camouflage across the walls of this garden studio, designed by Melbourne architect Matt Gibson for a writer based in the city. Writer’s Shed is tucked into the corner of the garden at the writer’s home, in Melbourne‘s suburban southeast. Taking up just 10 square metres, the small building offers its owner […]

Lovell Burton completes spacious Barwon Heads House for retired couple

Thick green brush nearly conceals the slanted roof of this house near Melbourne, which architecture studio Lovell Burton has created for a retired couple and their extended family. The house is situated just 100 metres off the beach in the coastal town of Barwon Heads and has been designed by Lovell Burton to accommodate a […]

Alexander & Co creates sunny interiors for Brisbane’s Burleigh Heads Pavilion

White-painted walls and pastel furnishings help create a “sun-drenched” aesthetic inside this beachside pavilion in Brisbane, which Alexander & Co has converted into two eateries. Nestled on the sandy shoreline of Brisbane’s Gold Coast, the Burleigh Heads Pavilion was originally erected in 1987 to accompany a community swimming pool. It now accommodates an à-la-carte restaurant […]

Stacked zinc boxes form multi-generational house in Melbourne

Australian architect Matt Gibson has created a multi-generational home from a stack of zinc-clad boxes on a narrow infill site in Melbourne. According to the architect multi-generational living, which is becoming increasingly prevalent in Australia, lent itself to the thin site on Wellington Street. The irregularly stacked boxes that form the house allow it to be segmented vertically to cater […]

Woods Bagot CEO’s rugged beach house evolves again

Architecture studio Woods Bagot has completed the latest stage of a weathered seaside house in Australia that has been 20 years in the making. Designed as a home for Woods Bagot CEO Nik Karalis, the St Andrews Beach Villa began in 1999 as a simple shack on Mornington Peninsula. Over the years it has gradually evolved […]

Soaring brick archways define Sydney’s Rail Operations Centre

Architecture practice Smart Design Studio and Jacobs have used red brick arches on a “heroic scale” to create the Rail Operations Centre in Sydney, Australia. Nicknamed Red Roc, Smart Design Studio and Jacobs referenced historic train stations for the centre, where all the systems for running and monitoring Sydney’s rail network are housed under one roof. “By […]

Traditional Islamic architecture informs ornamental concrete vaulting in Punchbowl Mosque

Local architecture studio Candalepas Associates has completed a mosque with a decorative concrete-vaulted roof in Sydney, Australia. Located in the suburb of Punchbowl, the religious building provides space for 300 men and women worshippers to congregate. It distinguishes a central worship space with a concrete honeycomb structure, which takes visual cues from the aesthetics of […]

MORQ’s rammed-concrete Cloister House hides lush internal courtyard

Architecture studio MORQ has built an almost windowless house surrounding a plant-filled courtyard from rammed concrete in Perth, Australia. Italy and Australia-based architects MORQ designed Cloister House for a couple who wanted a home that would feel like a sheltered place of refuge. Cloister House sits on a plot next to a busy road on a […]

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