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Some great projects were shared on Australian Architecture in 2022. Here are a list of the most popular with the community.
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#5 Flinders Residence by Abe McCarthy Architects

Flinders, VIC

From the Architect: A study in modern country-style living, manifesting as an enclave of barn-like forms.⁠
Gabled roofs and carved openings open out to the landscape from every angle, creating a continuous dialogue of sun and shadow.⁠
The Flinders House internally is characterized by spatial drama expressed and framed through the curated interplay of texture, light and space.⁠
Raked double height volumes and carefully crafted proportions throughout create a visceral experience, whilst maintaining a sense of engaging warmth and homeliness.⁠
The design is premised on romantic elements of farm-style living, whilst being underpinned by pragmatic and highly resolved space.⁠
The residence is zoned as three interconnected pavilions to allow light and air, framed views, and discrete spaces that operate independently and as a whole.⁠
This home provides versatility as a functional farmhouse, a cosy family home, a place of work, a place for entertaining and a place for wellbeing and retreat.⁠
Photographer: @shannonmcgrath7
Builder: @gstruct_group
Interiors Collaboration: @alicevillellainteriordesign
Landscape: @barber_landscape_architecture

#4 Parkside Residence by Ashley Halliday Architects

Adelaide, SA

From the Architect: Taking cues from the adjacent 1880’s Villas – form, scale, set-backs, roof profiles – a simple, contemporary palette of complimentary materials and finishes was introduced. House and garden were orchestrated to reflect the owner’s generosity of spirit, modern taste, dynamic family lifestyle and desire to engage with their suburban community.
The two gabled pavilions sit perpendicular to one another, pulled apart and inflected to create interstitial spaces between that provide veiled views in and out whilst creating pockets for the surrounding landscape to infiltrate and break down the mass of the house. The main living pavilion embraces the gabled roof form with a portal steel frame allowing the roof form to continue internally. Tasmanian oak ceiling linings add warmth and scale whilst the textured oak battens give a rhythm to the spaces, enhancing the sense of perspective that is directed to the garden to the south.
Photographer: @anthonybasheer
Builder: @ikon_projects

#3 The Isla by THOSE Architects

From the Architect: THOSE Architects were excited to reimagine the 1970s-built Abel Tasman Motel at Bateman’s Bay on the NSW south coast. ⁠
In their day, motels like the Abel Tasman were just pitstops, but the ambition with @theislahotel was to create a destination, worthy of its beachside address. ⁠
Interventions lean into the 70s vibe using a warm palette of colours (ochre, ivory and kelp green) and materials - oak feature walls and terrazzo bathroom trims. ⁠
The brick facade is painted warm white with panels of ochre and new concrete breeze blocks along ground-floor walkways both reducing the horizontal bulk of the building to a more vertical villa scale. ⁠
Photographer: @smartanson
Builder: @monarch.cbr
Landscape: & Brendon Moar⁠
Graphics: @swelldesigngroup

#2 The Seat by Atlas Architects

Mornington Peninsula, VIC

From the Architect: This brown-brick, pitched-roof farmhouse was built in the 1980s. It’s set on a stunning block amid rolling hills on Melbourne’s picturesque Mornington Peninsula, but the orientation of the building meant that, particularly from the west, the house turned its back on some of the best views in Victoria. Our clients wanted to insert a new dimension that embraced, celebrated and centred the⁠
view so that no matter where you are in the house, you are connected to nature. Our clients, a semi-⁠
retired couple with many children and now grandchildren, also desired a home that was unapologetically for living – where living areas are prioritised above all else, creating a space that welcomes family in and encourages connection, reunion and shared experiences.⁠

Our clients wanted to renovate the existing home and build a large family room extension embodying a new living, kitchen and dining area. The home needed to connect with the panoramic landscape, bringing it inside as the focal point of every moment.⁠

A new entry and point of arrival was requested, one that not only welcomed the family home, but created a sense of flow through the house, drawing you through to the landscape view. It was⁠
essential to our clients that the existing house and the new areas be seamlessly integrated, inside and out. Existing service areas had to be maintained, but the existing building needed to be⁠
reskinned to create a new exterior appearance that melded flawlessly with the new living areas.⁠
Photographer: @tesskellyphotography

#1 Fitzroy Bridge House by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design

Fitzroy, VIC

From the Architect: Fitzroy Bridge House involves a conversion of a terrace house graded individually significant in the South Fitzroy Heritage Precinct. Containing a chequered history, the dwelling resides at the end of a terrace row of 4 with a block of flats to its north side.⁠

Designed for a young family whose vision for the house was strongly tied to the history of the original building, the resulting conversion celebrates the legacy of the site & surrounds, preserving authenticity with creative adaptations that enable responsive family living on a challenging site.⁠

South Fitzroy - Melbourne’s earliest suburb - is characterised by “…attached Victorian era housing of face or rendered brick, chimneys, corbelled capping courses, high solid to void ratio, distinctive rear service lanes with substantial boundary walls, stable and loft structures.”⁠

As opposed to providing a newly attached contrasting addition (an oft supported heritage approach), the resultant conversion is instead set out as a series of separate self similar ‘Mews’ like outbuildings separated by courtyards.⁠
Photographer: @derek_swalwell
Builder: @warwickconstructions