Contemporary Indoor/Outdoor Living at Park House, Brisbane

Project: The Park House Architecture: Shaun Lockyer Architects Location: New Farm, Queensland, Australia Photography: Scott Burrows According to the architects: The contemporary Australian house is a dramatic alteration and addition to what was originally a speculative ‘cookie cutter’ style house in a larger development (but in a fantastic park-side location in inner city Brisbane). The luxury Brisbane house explores the reprogramming of […]

Luxury Apartment in Potts Point, Australia

Architecture & Interior Design: Burley Katon Halliday Photography: Gillian Serisier This oasis of luxury in Sydney’s Potts Point sees interior design practice Burley Katon Halliday excelling at what it does best, delivering an interior that speaks of refinement and elegance. The Burley Katon Halliday (BKH) style is abundantly clear, crisp and glamorously defined by spatial […]

Finestre Villas by CC Arquitectos in Mexico

Project: Finestre Villas Location: Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico Architecture: CC Arquitectos Photography: Yoshihiro Koitani Source: Contemporist

Santpoort Rail House by Zecc Architects in The Netherlands

Project: Remodel and expansion of a historic railway cottage Location: Santpoort-Noord, The Netherlands Architecture: Zecc Architects Photography: Cornbread Works Source: Contemporist

Six star Green Star for 700 Bourke

Cbus Property chief executive officer Adrian Pozzo said his organisation’s reach for a six star Green Star – Office Design v3 rating for its new building at 700 Bourke Street in Melbourne, leased by sole tenant National Australia Bank, was in response to market drivers. Research indicated corporate organisations were turning towards green-rated buildings in order […]

Herma Parking Building in Seoul, Korea

Project: Herma Parking Building Architecture: JOHO Architecture Location: Seoul, Korea Photography: Jeong-Hoon Lee and Sun Namgoong In Seoul, JOHO Architecture has reinvigorated the car park typology, using polycarbonate panels to reflect the speed and movement of the city. Welcome to the Herma Parking Building, a project that enables once-drab infrastructure to harmonise with its immediate […]

Antidote to the Demands of Modern Life: Banyan Tree Ungasan Resort in Bali

Built on the edge of a cliff at a height of 70 meters above the Indian Ocean, Hotel Banyan Tree Ungasan in Bali, Indonesia commits to offering an antidote to the demands of modern life. In terms of architecture, the hotel has been conceived as a symbiosis of old and new, of classic and modern. Its exterior is […]

Unique Beachside Hotel For Demanding Travelers: JK Place Capri

Before summer ends, you might want to enjoy a trip to a unique place, where water meets the sky and the mountains in an almost suspended beauty. I’m talking about JK Place Capri – a luxurious hotel right on the beaches of Italy’s Capri Island.Welcoming guests with 22 spacious rooms, the beachside hotel combines historic inspiration with […]

Japanese Architecture Inspires Family Residence in Chile: MJ House

Project: MJ house Location: San Manuel, Melipilla, Chile Architecture: COMUNarquitectos Embedded in the landscape of San Manuel, Melipilla, Chile, MJ house was envisioned by COMUNarquitectos and comes with a surprising interior and exterior appearance. The residence was especially developed for a family of engineers and their two children and has a total surface of 145 square meters. According to the […]

Miami Beach Residence by Luis Bosch in Miami Beach, Florida

Home builder Luis Bosch recently built a house in Miami Beach, Florida. Source: Contemporist

Camarines House by A-cero in Madrid, Spain

Project: Camarines House Location: Madrid, Spain Architecture: A-cero – Joaquin Torres & Rafael Llamazares Description from A-cero The house has a total Built-up Area of 631.71 m2, being located on an exclusive residential neighborhood of Aravaca, on the outskirts of Madrid. Two parallel plans with vertical lines cross the construction like a double architectonic skin which […]

Natural Color Palette Shaping Spacious Sophisticated Loft in Bulgaria

Located in one of Bulgaria’s welcoming sky resorts – Bansko – this sophisticated loft is part of Fimera Design Studio’s portfolio. There were no compromises when it comes to details – the 350 square meter apartment conveys a feeling of modern elegance from every corner. Skylights fill up the double-height lower level with natural light, composing […]

Mita Residence by YJP Architecture and Toyoda and Associates in Tokyo, Japan

Project: Mita Residence Location: Tokyo, Japan Architecture: YJP Architecture and Toyoda and Associates Description from the architects: Mita  Residence is situated in central Tokyo on a sloped street which connects a busy commercial artery and a quiet residential area. The typical buildings along the hilly street are larger scale condominium complexes. The  challenge was to place the house […]

Wuxi Grand Theatre by PES-Architects in China

Project: Wuxi Grand Theatre Location: Wuxi, Jiangsu, China Architecture: PES-Architects Description from the architects: The Wuxi Grand Theatre is located on a man-made peninsula of Wu-Li Lake, south of Wuxi centre city and is the most important new cultural building project of the Tai-Hu New City. The Wuxi Grand Theatre due to its location and its architectural […]

Rural Retreat by Mancini in India

Design: Mancini Enterprises Location: Sikkim, India Source: Contemporist

Facebook HQ “West Campus” designed by Frank Gehry

You might think that Facebook is cool and popular now, but apparently they have more to showcase in the coming years. Renowned architect Frank Gehry has been commissioned by Facebook to build its expansion of its campus in Menlo Park, California. Starting spring 2013, the construction of Facebook’s new headquarters will begin under the attentive supervision of […]

Sharks redevelopment approved – club to be ”NRL powerhouse”

The Cronulla Sharks were hailing today’s approval of their $300 million land development application as having the potential to make the club an NRL powerhouse. They said the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) decision was a major boost to the Sharks, with the development set to deliver a windfall that ‘‘ensures the financial health of the […]

SHED 5 by Loopcreative

Project: SHED 5 Location: Melbourne, Australia Interior Design: Loopcreative Description from the designers SHED 5 is a new industrial aesthetic 120 seat restaurant and bar at melbourne’s south wharf development. SHED 5  is located within the refurbished 19th century heritage listed dock and wool store on the yarra waterfront. The SHED 5 aesthetic is predominately steel […]

Villa 4.0 by Dick van Gameren Architects

Project: Villa 4.0 Location: Het Gooi, The Netherlands Architecture: Dick van Gameren Architects Photography: Marcel van der Burg – Primabeeld Description from the architects A simple bungalow dating from 1967 on a hexagonal ground plan had been radically altered and modificated through the years. Although this had made the house bigger, it had also become increasingly inward-looking. […]

Opus Hong Kong record apartment sale with Frank Gehry design

A luxury apartment in Hong Kong has reputedly sold for a record HK$470 million ($58.2 million), the priciest condominium in the Chinese city and possibly the second most expensive in the world after London’s One Hyde Park. An unidentified buyer paid the HK$81,597 ($10,112) per-square-metre price for the 576-square-metre unit at Opus Hong Kong in the upmarket […]

Contemporary Property in Madrid By A-Cero Architects

A-cero architecture studio has recently finished this contemporary home in The La Finca estate in the town Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid). The façade of the house is made of travertine marble which is combined with dark grey granite in several areas, as in the vertical plane of the main façade. White has the main role in the […]

Casa Kimball by Rangr Studio

Project: Casa Kimball Location: The Dominican Republic Architecture: Rangr Studio Photography: Paul Warchol Description from Rangr Studio A New York based client commissioned Rangr Studio to design a Caribbean get-away large enough to accommodate his family and groups of friends, and to function as a luxury rental villa.  Located on the rural North coast of the […]

How to protect yourself against your construction contractor’s insolvency

In brief – Useful contract clauses that may help if your contractor goes under Broad termination rights, progressive calls on the contractor’s security and warranties obtained directly from subcontractors can all help to minimise the disruption if your head contractor becomes insolvent. Head contractor’s insolvency usually causes delays and extra costs The insolvency of the […]

Contemporary Farmhouse Extension by Invisible Studio in Bath, England

Project: Starfall Farm Location: Bath, England Architecture: Invisible Studio Description from the architects: Alterations and additions to a hideously extended, but originally very pretty farmhouse in St Catherine’s valley for Xa Sturgis and Anna Benn who were the most fantastic clients. The contemporary English farmhouse used in part materials from the demolished barns, and the cladding was designed […]

Sneeoosh Cabin by Zeroplus Architects in Washington

Project: Sneeoosh Cabin Location: Puget Sound, Washington USA Architecture: Zeroplus Architects Description from the architects Like a rabbit warming itself in the sun, the Sneeoosh cabin is the underbrush at the waters edge near Deception Pass on the Swinomish Indian Reserve. The dynamic quality of the surrounding landscape becomes integral to daily rituals. With its glass […]

Accelerating Bends and Curves Defying the New Porsche Pavilion in Germany

With a dynamic and striking visual appearance, derived from the Porsche brand image, the new Porsche Pavilion was envisioned and developed by HENN Architects in the Autostadt, a visitor attraction adjacent to the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. The unique looking building accommodating 400 square meters of space for exhibitions and presentations is believed to become an icon of the […]

A Residence where Art Meets Style in Aspen, Colorado

Location: Aspen, Colorado, USA Interior Design: Stonefox Design A hip young couple commissioned Stonefox Design to create a home that expresses their passion for art and their style for living. This is not a fusty grouping of over-the-sofa watercolours, but a vibrant, sometimes controversial, always evolving collection that embraces young artists as well as famous names. Chris […]

Brouwersgracht Apartment in Netherlands

Project: Brouwersgracht Apartment Architecture: CUBE and SOLUZ Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands Description according to the architects: This distinctive loft is located on the first floor of a historic warehouse and monument on the Brouwersgracht in the center of Amsterdam. The apartment is designed by Remco Wilcke of CUBE architecten and his partner Marloes van Heteren of SOLUZ. When […]

Les Samba’s Pomeroy Potts Point apartment sells

The Pomeroy, Potts Point, apartment of the slain Sydney racing identity Les Samba has been finally sold, some 14 months after its initial listing. Listed for sale with $2.75 million initial hopes through Richardson & Wrench Elizabeth Bay, the Macleay Street unit fetched $2.1 million. Its most recent list price was $2,295,000. It cost $1.7 million when […]

The National Hotel in Melbourne, Australia

Project: The National Hotel Location: Melbourne, Australia Architecture: Breathe Architecture Photographer: Andrew Wattle In giving new life to Melbourne’s The National Hotel, Breathe Architecture displays its considerable skills in environmentally sustainable design. Looming over a quiet pocket of busy Victoria Street, The National Hotel sits on the fringe of Richmond and Abbotsford in Melbourne’s inner east. Bookended […]

Sunset Vale House by WOW Architects

Project: Sunset Vale House Location: Singapore Architecture: WOW Architects Description from WOW Architects Sunset Vale was privately commissioned by a Singaporean family and was created on a mutual desire that the landscape would be the primary driving force behind its creation. The client and architect agreed on a design that inverted the typical ‘house in garden’ […]

House in Ramat Hasharon by Levy:Chamizer Architects

Architecture: Levy:Chamizer Architects Location: Ramat Hasharon, Israel Photography: Shai Epstein Source: Contemporist

Contemporary K-House in Israel by Paz Gersh Architects

Project: K-House Location: Ramat HaSharon, Israel Architecture: Paz Gersh Architects Photography: Amit Giron Description from the architects: In planning K-house, the main concept was to change the existing orientation into a house that creates a complex relationship with the green belt surrounding it—the thicket behind the house, the front yard, the lower leveled yard, upper level garden […]

Luxurious Villa Finca, Ibiza

This luxurious villa is currently on the market with upmarket estate agents Sotheby’s International Reality. The Eight bedroom and bathroom villas is less than an hours drive from the hedonistic Ibiza Town, Ibiza, Balearic islands. Secluded, peaceful west-facing haven set amongst the untouched hills of San Miguel in the municipality of Sant Joan de Labritja.  Exquisitely […]

Dani Ridge House by Carver + Schicketanz

Project: Dani Ridge house Location: Big Sur, California USA Architecture: Carver + Schicketanz Photography: Robert Canfield Description from Carver + Schicketanz In order to conceal this home from its uphill neighbors a shelf was cut into the narrow slice of grassland located between an access road on one side and the steep slopes of the West Coast […]

C1 House by Dettling Architekten

Project: C1 House Location: Karlsruhe, Germany Architecture: Dettling Architekten Photography: Daniel Vieser Source: CONTEMPORIST

Secluded Retreat Integrating Mountain-Inspired Colors And Textures

Designed to adapt to an alpine environment defined by scree slopes, imposing rocks and gravel tracks, this modern Mountain Retreat seems to mirror the awe-inspiring surrounding landscape in a collection of carefully constructed interiors. A brainchild of New Zealand-based Fearon Hay Architects, the small mountain home near Lake Wakatipu, Central Otago, provides a secluded escape translated into modern […]

New York’s New Reversed Steel And Glass Condominium Silhouette

This luxury New York residential building known as the HL 23 condominium project reshapes the city block hosting its 14 story-high body into a glimpse of the future. Building materials were forced into submission under the attentive supervision of Los Angeles-based Neil M. Denari Architects (NMDA), creating a reversed shape starting with a 40’ x 90’ footprint and […]

Contemporary Point Loma Residence in San Diego

Project: Point Loma House Location: San Diego, California, USA Architecture: Macy Architecture Photographer: Scot Conti Description from the architects: The client wanted a home that would make the most of its site, be low-maintenance and incorporate a variety of energy and resource-conserving features. The contemporary Californian property has been conceived according to passive solar and natural ventilation design principles. […]

Beautiful Brocket Hall in England

Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire, one of England’s finest country estates offers the very best of country house charm, just 22 miles outside of Central London. The luxury English estate is situated in 543 acres of beautiful parkland, with stunning countryside and lake views and is full of fascinating history; the Hall has been home to two British prime […]

Contemporary Living At A Charrat, Switzerland

Project: The À Charrat project Architecture: Clavienrossier Architects Location: The Swiss Alps. Description from the architects: The contemporary Swiss property is situated away from the village.  The house includes an adjacent barn that had a large space which needed to be renovated completely. Only elements which can easily be reused were preserved, cellars and floors of the pre-existent house —the […]

Luxury Home For Sale in Surrey, England

This luxury home situated in the Wentworth Estate in Surrey, England is currently for sale with a guide price of £4,950,000 to aquire the freehold to the property. Pine Acre has been finished to the highest specification and build quality throughout, extending to just less than 9,000 square feet. The well proportioned and spacious accommodation is laid out to suit […]

W Hotel Barcelona Interiors by Charles Farruggio

Project: W Hotel Location: Barcelona, Spain Stylist: Charles Farruggio Source: CONTEMPORIST


Project: 120 Bourke Location: Sydney, Australia Developer: W Property

“Hole in One” Luxury Suite

Hole in One is a project for golf lovers. The concept of the design is based on the idea that golf is part of a lifestyle and needs a special space. The project was conceived and designed for a specific and sophisticated target that loves the outdoors and a particular kind of luxury. The design aimed […]

Mirvac’s 37-storey $250 million Sydney office block proposal awaits final approval

Mirvac’s proposed 37-storey Sydney commercial building now faces its final approval processes after its public exhibition closed yesterday. Mirvac anticipates permission soon to demolish the existing George Street office block as its seeks construction to begin by December. Mirvac Group is reportedly set to include the new tower in a mooted $1.3 billion unlisted office […]

Clean, Crisp & Contemporary Casa Vale Do Lobo, Portugal

Portuguese design studio Arqui+ has recently completed the Casa Vale Do Lobo project. This high-endproperty is located in Vale do Lobo, a golf resort in the Algarve, Portugal. According to the architects: “The villa is situated in Vale do Lobo, a luxury golf and beach resort in southern Portugal. “The plot is an end plot surrounded by […]

Secluded Frégate Island Private Four Degrees South Of The Equator

Part of the Seychelles island collection and located four degrees south of the equator, Frégate Island Private stretches its protected tropical influence over a total of seven white sand beaches and luscious green surroundings. The small number of villas – 16 and one Presidential Villa to be exact – ensure a private experience, surprising the need for […]

Luxury Contemporary Wanaka House, New Zealand

Project: Wanaka House Location: Wanaka, New Zealand Architecture: Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects Description from the architects: The contemporary New Zealand house was conceived as objects on the land, immersing the user in the surrounding natural landscape and the changing seasons. “The house is low slung and nestled into the landscape, wedged into a gentle gully on the site, […]

37 Jaw-Dropping Home Library Designs

Probably the most “sacred” room of the entire crib, the home library combines relaxation with personal growth and completes the genuine atmosphere of a modern residence or apartment. As a tribute to these contemporary indoor oases, we put together a post with 37 beautiful home libraries, bearing within knowledge and acting as a refuge from the hectic […]

The Brown Residence by Lake|Flato Architects

Architecture: Lake|Flato Architects Project: The Brown Residence Location: Scottsdale, Arizona USA Photography: Bill Timmerman Description from the architects: Despite being located in an expansive golf community, the Brown residence celebrates stunning desert views from almost every space. Its careful design makes this possible as views to neighboring houses are edited out focused instead on distant mountains. While […]

The Ultimate In Luxury Viceroy Bali

Viceroy Bali is owned and managed by an Australian family with vast worldwide travelling experience who have bestowed the resort with their love of culture and fashion. Guests can expect to experience graceful and caring personal service from the owners and their dedicated professional staff. Meticulous design and a keen eye for detail from the owners […]

Bishan Park in Singapore

Architecture: Atelier Dreiseitl Photographer: Patrick Bingham-Hall In this ambitious infrastructure project in Singapore, Atelier Dreiseitl has repurposed a concrete water canal into a peaceful, meandering creek, producing an absorbing and welcoming public space, refreshingly free of architectural heroics. Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History, 2001: “The park’s real purpose was the creation of […]

Lend Lease partners with Crown on proposed Barangaroo South hotel

Barangaroo South developer Lend Lease will work with casino operator Crown Limited to develop a concept plan for an international hotel at its $6 billion Sydney harbour urban regeneration project. Lend Lease announced that it had signed an “exclusive dealing agreement with Crown Limited to develop a “world class international hotel resort”. The agreement with […]

Weihai Pavilion by Make Architects

Architecture: Make Architects Project: A pavilion for a major new residential development. The exhibition space serves as an event space, hosting launches, receptions and meetings. Location: Weihai, China Photography: Shu He Description from Make Architects Weihai Pavilion encloses the exhibition space for a major new residential development in Weihai, a city of 2.5 million people on the northern […]

Why selling property in winter and buying in spring makes sense

Winter may be coming to a close shortly but some agents think it was the wisest time to sell in preparation of buying in spring. Against popular opinion, selling property in winter might not be such a bad idea, especially on delayed settlement terms. “Melbourne is iconic for its spring market obviously, when the property […]

PROPERTY OBSERVER: Why Australia is indeed “The Lucky Country”

Several breaths of fresh positive air have pushed through the general media negativity in the past week. A senior US business executive told Australia to wake up and cheer up. An Australian executive urged business leaders to stop all the pessimistic chatter. Another declared the resources sector will fuel economic growth for many more years […]

Mochen Office by Mochen Architects & Engineers

Architecture: Mochen Architects & Engineers Project: Mochen Office Location: Beijing, China Photography: Shu He and Lin Mingshu Project description from Mochen Architects & Engineers Tong Linge Road is located south of Beijing Xicheng District, between Chang’an Street and the Xuanwumen West Street. Our new office sits on the west side of the road. Before transformation it […]

Contemporary Bondi Rooftop Penthouse

The Bondi penthouse project has been designed by Sydney-based design studio Brian Meyerson Architects. The contemporary rooftop penthouse is located in a 1920s building in Bondi Beach, one of Sydney‘s most iconic beaches. Hardly visible from street level, this three bedroom penthouse features a large deck terrace with fantastic views over the ocean. There is also an […]

Jaffa Apartment by Pitsou Kedem Architect

Architecture: Pitsou Kedem Architect Location: Jaffa, Israel Photography: Amit Geron Description from Pitsou Kedem Architect The 100 square meter residential home is located in Old Jaffa. Its location is unique in that it is set above the harbor, facing west with all of its openings facing the majestic splendor of the Mediterranean Sea. Whilst it is […]