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A Surprise Garden Brings This 'Pop-Up' Home To Life

Figr creates a unique language between architectural and landscaped spaces to truly maximise this small footprint home for a family of three...


This Clever + Compact Bondi Home Feels Like A Never-Ending Holiday!

Fox Johnston architects managed to expand the footprint of this small and narrow Sydney site to create a generous, private haven!


A Timeless New Home In Ballarat, With Lake Views + Mid-Century Vibes

With American ‘Brady Bunch’ house vibes (!) this new home in Ballarat by Kennedy Nolan channels mid century design, with a sleek, contem...


A Sensitive Reworking Of An 1872 Country Cottage

An 1872 Daylesford cottage reconfigured for the modern day by architect Murray Barker.

Sustainable Homes

A Lush Inner-Melbourne Home That Powers Itself

The owners of Garden House by Austin Maynard Architects pay nothing for fuel or power – it all comes from this epic, high-tech sustainable...


A Dramatic Extension To A Historic Melbourne Terrace... Made For Italophiles!

15th century Italian architecture and generous proportions characterise this grand North Fitzroy heritage home, renovated by Andrew Simpson


An 1888 Italianate Mansion Restored + Revived For A New Century

Pleysier Perkins and Sanders & King collaborate on this grand, ambitious family home in Armadale - with an extensive renovation and updated


An Elegant Off-Grid Home In Three Parts, On Magical Waiheke Island

Inspired by the idea of an encampment, Auckland-based firm Chesire Architects has designed a home with an intimate, immersive relationship w...


A Contemporary Renovation That Revives Forgotten Spaces

Studiofour create an elegant extension for a heritage home in Malvern - outside of the (literal) box !


11 Career Lessons From One Of Australia’s Leading Architects, Kerstin Thompson

Prominent Australian architect Kerstin Thompson shares 11 lessons she's learned across her decades long career, in this excerpt from the new...
Kerstin Thompson


A Casually Confident Beachside Home

A falling down period home in South Fremantle has been brought back to life with a new extension by David Barr Architects.

Tiny Homes

The Architect-Designed, Prefabricated Tiny House Of The Future

FABPREFAB have teamed up with TRIAS to create Minima – a series of prefabricated, small dwellings suitable as home offices, living spaces,...


A New Melbourne Home That Follows The Sun

This Eaglemont home has been cleverly designed 'to almost disappear', by Architects Eat.

Sustainable Homes

A Former Corner Store Turned Sustainable Family Home

A dilapidated, Federation-era shopfront is transformed into a truly unique, energy efficient home by CplusC Architectural Workshop.


This Lower North Shore Family House Feels Like A Permanent Vacation!

Two grand palm trees on entry provide a strong identity for the Whisper House, designed by Manolev Architects.


An Architect’s Breathtaking Beach House, Renovated Over 20 Years

Some things just get better with age, like the Mornington Peninsula beach house of Nik Karalis, CEO of global architecture practice Woods Ba...


A Mid-Century Inspired New-Build That Looks The Real Deal!

This Brighton East home by InForm with Pleysier Perkins looks an authentic mid-century design, but is actually a contemporary interpretation...


A Beach Cottage Turned Ultimate Entertainer!

A once rundown cottage is now an expansive home for entertaining, on the Mornington Peninsula, designed by NTF Architecture.

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