Amongst over 400 entrants Figureground Architecture has been awarded the 2014 Hospitality Design Award and the 2014 Best of State Commercial Design Award for transforming a concrete shell warehouse in Fitzroy into a busy café and roastery. Inspired by the intimacy of Melbourne laneways, the design took advantage of the high ceilings to create a long narrow ‘dining hall’ experience. Economic materials such as operable black painted pallets and corrugated polycarbonate define the space and create a playful sense of habitation. The language of operable panels is also used in the external seating area which can be completely open during the day or securely closed down after business hours.
This beautiful house-to-be is designed by Malmö-based architecture studio Förstberg Arkitektur (FAF). That’s right people – you are looking at extremely realistic and super beautiful 3D renderings of “House for mother”. Insane. In the membrane. This work-in-progress residence is located on a 325sqm site in the Southern Swedish city of Linköping. Built for the Linköpingsbo 2017 home exhibition, the house is divided into two parallel structures slightly shifted from each other, creating spaces both in front of and behind the building. Oriented to the park in the north and the alley in the south, “House for Mother” is a reflection of it’s neighbourhood plan, which incorporates a variety of housing types into relatively small blocks of land.
This multifunctional Artist Studio by Raanan Stern is an incredibly versatile 20sqm workspace, featuring a large storage unit split into four areas.
Flinders Lane Apartment by Clare Cousins Architects is an understated city pad designed for a young family. Located in a heritage-listed building in Melbourne’s CBD, the apartment is blessed with high ceilings and abundant natural light from windows along three of the four walls. The open, functional space utilises readily available, affordable materials to make the most of a small space and a modest budget. Plywood joinery was used to define spaces rather than build walls. The adults bedroom utilises 3 colourful sliding screens, which allow the room to be totally screened from the living room or opened up to allow the bed platform to be used as part of the living space.
Judging from the outside, House Komazawa Park is one of those places you simply wouldn’t see coming. The project is an extension of a thirty year old dwelling, nestled in a densely populated district where wooden houses sit like a compact cluster of timber frames. From the outside, House Komazawa is fragmented and appears quite small; inside, however, it is surprisingly light and spacious. Working with the existing two-storey structure, Mizuki Imamura & Isao Shinohara of miCo made it their aim to re-interpret the wooden home so common in Japan, and modify the landscape it sat in.
To Switzerland, today, where outside the little town Balsthal stands this sweet cottage by Pascal Flammer. Looking at the photos, I can’t stop the walls and roof morphing into gingerbread. I’m starting design work on my own little house in the woods, so when I see a project like this, out comes the pen and I start taking notes.