Located in Brunswick East, an inner-northern suburb of Melbourne, architect Anthony Clarke of Black Line One X Architecture Studio (BLOXAS) had two key challenges when designing the Profile House. His clients had lived in the existing timber bungalow for over ten years, but the family of five had outgrown the two bedroom house. They needed more space and wanted an interconnected family-friendly style of living that also offered an indoor-outdoor flow.
Secondly, there were security issues to consider as the western edge of the site faces onto an industrial area of brick and corrugated iron warehouses - some in use, with others lying empty. Clarke responded to this aspect of the brief by designing a high boundary timber wall/fence that follows the form of the interior spaces while referencing the industrial rooflines of the neighbouring buildings. Rough-sawn overlapped Victorian ash timber cladding was used, and the finish will weather over time to a subtle grey hue.
This design hotel along the Khao Lak Coast of Southern Thailand is called ‘Casa de la Flora‘ designed by Bangkok-based practice Vaslab Architecture. Challenged to create a bold architectural expression while yielding to nature’s delicate elements – the flora – the team realized a series of 36 cubed villas made of a concrete outer shell and a warmer wood-lined interior. Each structure originates in the ground and skews up towards the air and over the next construct.