Writer's House

Keeping its 1960s charm intact, the Writers House is a nostalgic renovation that's a celebration of old and new. The home was originally built by the owener's grandparents — both Jewish holocaust survivors who had passed away — so maintaining the residents initial sentiment was a top priority. All of the rooms have been respectfully updated with the addition of polished concerete floors, whitewashed plywood walls, and new steel windows, while hints of the past echo through the existing wallpapers, chandeliers, and orange brick exterior. The original Jacob Rudowsky custom joinery and Rudowski furniture were refurbished and complemented by new modern pieces. The exterior saw the addition of a large party deck, flanked by a pair of black aluminum screens for privacy during those warm Aussie nights.

Photos: Peter Clarke / Branch Studio Architects

  • Seven Gardens House

    Sculpted into the mountains in the southernmost region of Spain, the Seven Gardens House is a true work of art. Modeled after nearby caves and grottos, its grey stone facade hugs the hillside, curving around the terrain to reduce impact on the surrounding landscape. The layout is constructed from a mirrored pattern, creating a series of sheltered terraces that lead out to seven outdoor gardens — a feature that lends to the home's name. Large glazed panels break up the otherwise cumbersome exterior to bring in views of the Sierra de Grazalema in the rear and the Atlantic Ocean ahead.

    Photos: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

  • Room No Roof Building

    Part refurbishment and part new extensions, the Room No Roof Building makes use of a 1950s residential building in West London. The added third floor is where the home gets its name. Situated between a bedroom and a bathroom, a glazed open air space brings the serenity of the outdoors in with natural light and a small tree. Additional windows were added to the first floor living areas, including a a pivot window in the kitchen extension that opens up to a patio, overlooking the square below.

    Photos: Tim Crocker / Tsuruta Architects

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