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 […]

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 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 […]

Luigi Rosselli Architects adds twisting stair to Sydney’s Peppertree Villa

A dramatic twisting staircase and a spacious conservatory are some of the striking features that Luigi Rosselli Architects has added to this 1920s Sydney home. The house is located in Sydney’s affluent Bellevue Hill neighbourhood and takes its name from a 100-year-old pepper tree that extends up over its roof. Originally built in the 1920s, […]

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 […]

Ian Moore Architects converts Sydney warehouse into light-filled home and laboratory

Ian Moore Architects has converted an old industrial building in Sydney to create Redfern Warehouse, combining a four bedroom house, an equine genetics laboratory and a garage for classic cars. The brick exterior of the two-storey converted warehouse, located in the suburb of Redfern, remains largely untouched. But its interior has been expanded and reconfigured. […]

Perfect Storm apartment in Sydney features moody grey interiors

Concrete-like surfaces help Australian design studio Killing Matt Woods foster a dark and brooding atmosphere inside this Sydney apartment. The Perfect Storm apartment, named in reference to its bunker-like appearance, is designed by local studio Killing Matt Woods to be an “intimate yet utilitarian environment”. Located in the suburb of Camperdown, the 73 square-metre apartment […]

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