Year: 2020


4 solutions for roofs without eaves

An overhang (or eave) describes the lower edge of a roof, which extends beyond the intersecting wall to form a shady space that can acquire different dimensions and appearances. In hot climates, it can be designed to stop the intense heat of the hottest months, limiting the entry of sunlight. In rainy places, it can be an intermediate space of shelter, protecting the building frame and external façade from the weather. However, eaves are not an indispensable component of a building. Many architects have designed buildings with sloping roofs without eaves, in which the archetype of the house with a gable roof takes on a simple, almost stripped, minimalist shape. It is not up to us to judge whether this design choice is functional or simply a fad. But whenever we remove this protrusion from a roof, we are faced with the challenge of avoiding problems of water infiltration and rainwater drainage.


house for a photographer

Hyde + Hyde Architects

The new home will be constructed of in-situ concrete for the first floor cantilever slab. A combined heat recovery unit will be used in conjunction with high performance insulated structural panels (SIP) – for the walls and 2nd floor, all helping to achieve a high level of thermal efficiency and air tightness. The passive strategies employed emphasise the importance of maximising long-lasting energy performance improvements to the fabric of a dwelling, before adding the optimum renewable solution.


a touch of new

Aristides S. Dallas 

Inspired by the traditional architecture of the built stone dovecotes of Tinos as well as by the way that all additions were carried out according to height, the residence in Triantaros becomes noticed in two levels in a bipolar bond.

Having adopted the subtractive approach and sought for the minimum intervention possible in the overall landscape, the architectural proposal, contemporary yet critically traditional, consists of the harmonic integration of a cube made of fare face concrete hovering over the existing stone mass.

Apart from a point of cessation at the external envelope, the horizontal opening which is formed between the existing old structure and the new one, also develops a transparent zone, provides plenty of natural light for the space and creates visual evasions. In this way, it manages to frame the view of the horizon.
At the same time, the big square opening which breaks out of the stone structure in front of the sitting-room, operates as a screen which sets the view free while forming a small berm – outdoor sitting-room – at the yard. This is the point of bonding the “inside” with the “outside”.


cnr virginia

Studio Prineas

An inventive reworking of a traditional Federation home, Cnr Virginia by Studio Prineas retains the intimacy and scale of the heritage home while overlaying an expansive rear addition for contemporary living. The home’s characterful front facade is faithfully restored, retaining a strong streetscape presence in the home’s coveted inner-eastern suburb of Kensington. Internally, Studio Prineas have preserved the historic bones of the home. Crisp white walls draw focus to eradefining hallmarks, including mellow timber flooring, ornate pressed-tin ceilings and cast-iron fireplaces.

Beyond, the new addition is clearly distinguished from the original house via a delicate glazed walkway. An adjacent courtyard gives a spirited garden aspect, planted with waterwise Australian natives in keeping with the home’s rear bushland views. A lowered floor level thoughtfully conceals the extension from the street elevation, addressing strict planning regulations of the conservation area locale. Playfully mimicking the pitched volumes of the Federation frontage, the light-filled addition merges minimalist forms articulated in blackened timber and recycled red brick. The interior continues these dual material expressions, combining sleek and rugged finished to create depth and dimension within the expansive space.


south indian architecture

Studio Context Architects

“The site is in a relatively low lying area, and is prone to flooding. This led us to design a structure on stilts,” says Ramesh. The home features a grand stairway accentuated by lush landscape, that welcomes guests inside. “Our clients—a young family of three—wanted an open yet secure home for their daughter to grow up in. The brief was to design the home keeping in mind a modern aesthetic woven intricately together with the concepts of a traditional regional house.”


two close between

Abon Studio

The most challenging process in this project was fitting a three level home with an extensive brief onto a compact site that was surrounded by other homes.  The design needed to suit the client but respect the neighbours in many aspects, which involved a lengthy design development process.  Solving this challenge and seeing it succeed became the most rewarding moment during the project and the name Two-Close-Between came about thereafter.  The name is derived from the constraints of the sites surroundings along with the functionality of the building.


villa korup

Jan Henrik Jansen Arkitekter

he characteristic ‘three legged’ plan was developed in order to delineate the different aspects of the landscape, accentuating their qualities and creating three characteristic courtyard like spaces; a sunny south facing sloped area to the south, a protected kitchen garden to the east and an orchard cum playground to the west. Internally, the plan provides central communal spaces for the large family to gather as well as more private, secluded spaces at the ends of the wings.


modular house


A modular home set into the pastoral countryside in Orange, NSW, Kangaroobie House was constructed from fully-welded structural steel frames and fabricated offsite in 12 weeks. ‘Our homes are are fully finished in our factory prior to being delivered to site,’ explains Modscape managing director Jan Gyrn. ‘All of the painting, tiling, cabinetry etc., is complete before leaving the factory. This minimises the amount of time required onsite and ensures we have a high level of quality control.’


AT Residence

Zani Arquitetura 

Located in a small farm, the AT House was designed in search for the best implantation and spatial organization based on the site’s natural profile: The ground floor’s block touches the land on the highest portion holding the social access of the house through the concrete porches. At the opposite side, the suspended block houses the garage and the service rooms on the lower floor.

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