This new Jarchitecture development is located in Bonbeach and offers great views over the Patterson River. With this design, Jarchitecture aims to offer a clean yet carefully detailed aesthetic with special focus placed on plants and filtered light. This design aims to sooth, with it's soft curves and carefully designed introverted and extroverted spaces.
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A neutral palette keeps the building soft while the material textures create depth. This mellow approach allows the sky and landscape to pop, promoting a balance between built and natural elements.
This development of two townhouses sits within a quiet cul-de-sac on one side and the beach on the other. Given the incredible site, the design is squeezed at one end and expands toward the views. As a response to the harsh environment at the site, the materials palette works on the premise of 'tough on the outside, soft on the inside'; external materials are raw, robust and no maintenance, while the interior is soft on the eye and to the touch.
A solid black box expands out of the ground from nothing into a duality of aspect and function, picking up more materials as it expands toward French Island and Western Port Bay. The top storey acts as a self-sufficient lookout for when it is in use by a single couple, while downstairs acts as a family extension, with focus placed on play around the pool, spa, barbeque deck and cinema. Upstairs is decadent in its finishes and complex plan while downstairs is laid out and finished more simplistically; there is a play off between warm rustic materials and contemporary innovative decadence.
Photos by Shannon McGrath
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT PHASE
A steeply sloping site, surrounded by trees in Ringwood, is the location of this proposal for a new three bedroom dwelling. The two volumes are cut back into the ground and are separated by a large central courtyard and pool. This pool centric design allows for an abundance of natural light and complete engagement with the surrounding landscape. The textured brick and corten steel material palette is both tactile and robust.
Three bedroom Townhouses - This project involved the design, subdivision and development of two townhouses in the bayside suburb of Parkdale. The mirrored floor plan along the length of the block allowed for both dwellings to have a street presence and substantial open space. Using a restricted colour palate, a variety of materials and textures were explored and incorporated, including brick, fibre cement sheet, vertical timber cladding, and a contrasting timber detail. To further articulate the façade an entry canopy projects to differing extents creating entries that are easily identifiable and provide a personal identity to each dwelling.
Two storey vineyard residence - Located on an established vineyard in the Yarra Valley, this project aimed to minimise its impact on the land but at the same time capture all the features of the site. Being sited high on the property, the dwelling steps down with the slope of the land to engage with the site and sit amongst the surrounding vines, taking advantage of the outlook in every direction. Upon entering the house, the L-shaped floor plan leads you towards the view and opens into a large living space that captures the northerly aspect and views across the extensive site. The design encompasses the feeling of a rural setting and is made up of natural materials designed to blend into the landscape.
Two storey waterfront dwelling - A beautiful north facing block on the canals at Patterson Lakes was the site for this family home. Upon entering the dwelling, a long corridor directs your view past a master bedroom and study to a large open plan living, dining + kitchen space. An almost entirely glazed north facade captures the view from every corner of the room. Outdoors, a separate dining, lounging and pool area provide a space for any use. Once upstairs, a corridor leads you past the other two bedrooms to a second living area that opens onto the north facing balcony.