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The latest residential housing architecture and contemporary house and home design from across Australia, New Zealand and the world, and the latest from Australian and New Zealand leading interior designers, architects, and creatives. Explore the latest in Australian and New Zealand architecture from The Local Project's list of articles, projects, interviews, and more.

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Inspired by the Japanese narrow wooden houses of Kyoto, Leichhardt Machiya is an exercise in pushing limitations and working within constraints. Studio Haptic combine a measured rigor with a clear vision, to propose a home of efficiency and affordability. Located in Sydney’s inner west, Leichhardt Machiya takes heeded inspiration from the complex and well-conceived narrow homes of Kyoto and applies the underpinning philosophies to this urban condition.

Big Issues Solved by Thinking Small– Leichhardt Machiya by Studio Haptic

Inspired by the Japanese narrow wooden houses of Kyoto, Leichhardt Machiya is an exercise in pushing limitations and working within constraints. Studio Haptic combine a measured rigor with a clear vision, to propose a home of efficiency and affordability. Located in Sydney’s inner west, Leichhardt Machiya takes heeded inspiration from the complex and well-conceived narrow homes of Kyoto and applies the underpinning philosophies to this urban condition.

Embracing its abundant bushland setting, Brisbane Riverbank House sees a series of outdoor courtyards created through the strategic placement of pavilions within its original context. Owen Architecture takes cues from the existing 1930s building and its location to propose a home of earthy hues and a grounded openness.

Grounded Yet Open – Brisbane Riverbank House by Owen Architecture

Brisbane Riverbank House sees Owen Architecture take cues from the existing 1930s home and its location to propose a home of earthy hues and a grounded openness.

Inspired by a mix of the nostalgia of the holiday home together with the work of Harry Seidler, CLT House is an exploration in site engagement. Emma Mitchell Architects combine Australian-made CLT technology with the whimsy and the recollection of ocean-side stays. In its coastal setting, CLT House is an expression of its comprising parts and acts as a response to its site.

A Unique Engagement with Site – CLT House by Emma Mitchell Architects

CLT House sees Emma Mitchell Architects combine Australian-made CLT technologywith the whimsy and the recollection of ocean-side stays.

Presenting as two humble, mass volumes on site, Tandem House sees the single- storey silhouette maintained while the separating central courtyard brings natural light deep into the home. Fiona Drago combines a modest and measured approach to create a cleverly planned and efficient resolve. Occupying its slight and modest site, a fitting home sits resting behind the seemingly single-level façade.

Modest and Measured – Tandem House by Fiona Drago

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Guided by moments of connection, Fairfield House sees the renovation and extension of an existing Edwardian cottage. Heartly combine a respectful celebration of the existing together a contemporary approach, to bring light and simplicity to this family home. Located in amongst similar era homes in Melbourne’s north, the same-named house is the result of fusing the past and present together.

Guided by Connection – Fairfield House by Heartly

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A home that embraces biophilic architecture principles, Cascata House nurtures its proximity and openness to nature. Gary Todd Architecture combines a contemporary approach to materiality and form while encouraging a connection to the house’s surrounds. An occasional home, Cascata Home sits on a steeply sloping site in Queenstown.

Nurturing an Openness to Nature – Cascata House by Gary Todd Architecture

Cascata House sees Gary Todd Architecture combine a contemporary approach to materiality and form, while encouraging a connection to the surrounds.

Through an overlay of balance and repeated patterns, Split House emerges as an extension of the existing cottage roofline, expanding and connecting the home internally. FMD Architects proposes a series of contemporary volumes that pull light inward and connect to the generous rear garden. An extension to an existing Melbourne cottage, Split House is the coming together of a series of volumes, splitting zones and functions through subtle gestures.

Two Halves Become One – Split House by FMD Architects

Split House sees FMD Architects propose a series of contemporary volumes that pull light inward and connect to the generous rear garden.

Central House is a play on contrasts, with Neil Architecture employing long rectilinear forms together to emerge in juxtaposition to the surrounding natural landscape and offer a sense of relief from the traditional neighbouring vernacular. Neil Architecture has combined restraint with refined detailing to propose a modest home of bold gestures. The project is a contemporary home that takes inspiration from the long lines and uninterrupted forms of the modernist masters.

A Play on Contrasts – Central House by Neil Architecture

Central House sees Neil Architecture bring long rectilinear forms together as they emerge amongst the natural on the site.

Stirred by the motion of waves breaking and lapping, Bondi Bombara nods to the surf culture its setting is known for and pays homage to the land on which it rests. Luigi Rosselli Architects combines a softly curved façade with moments of refinement to create a relaxed and contemporary home. Known for is accessible surf and associated relaxed culture, Bondi offers the inner-city Sydney dweller the opportunity to engage with the ocean without compromise.

Interpreting Movement Through Form – Bondi Bombara by Luigi Rosselli Architects

Bondi Bombora sees Luigi Rosselli Architects combine a softly curved façade with moments of refinement to create a relaxed and contemporary home.

A home that embraces biophilic architecture principles, Cascata House nurtures its proximity and openness to nature. Gary Todd Architecture combines a contemporary approach to materiality and form while encouraging a connection to the house’s surrounds. An occasional home, Cascata Home sits on a steeply sloping site in Queenstown.

Nurturing an Openness to Nature – Cascata House by Gary Todd Architecture

Cascata House sees Gary Todd Architecture combine a contemporary approach to materiality and form, while encouraging a connection to the surrounds.

Fusing the raw and resolute with highly detailed and nuanced gestures throughout, South Coogee House is an exploration of space, materiality and form. Renato D’Ettorre Architects combines a highly considered formal approach with an experimental rigor to the coastal residential vernacular. Built in 1994, South Coogee House sits anchored to its site on a rugged cliff-face and epitomises the longevity of enduring architecture while referencing classic proportions.

Raw and Resolute – South Coogee House by Renato D’Ettorre Architects

South Coogee House sees Renato D’Ettorre Architects combine a highly considered formal approach with an experimental rigor to the coastal residential vernacular.

Stirred by the motion of waves breaking and lapping, Bondi Bombara nods to the surf culture its setting is known for and pays homage to the land on which it rests. Luigi Rosselli Architects combines a softly curved façade with moments of refinement to create a relaxed and contemporary home. Known for is accessible surf and associated relaxed culture, Bondi offers the inner-city Sydney dweller the opportunity to engage with the ocean without compromise.

Interpreting Movement Through Form – Bondi Bombara by Luigi Rosselli Architects

Bondi Bombora sees Luigi Rosselli Architects combine a softly curved façade with moments of refinement to create a relaxed and contemporary home.

A home that embraces biophilic architecture principles, Cascata House nurtures its proximity and openness to nature. Gary Todd Architecture combines a contemporary approach to materiality and form while encouraging a connection to the house’s surrounds. An occasional home, Cascata Home sits on a steeply sloping site in Queenstown.

Nurturing an Openness to Nature – Cascata House by Gary Todd Architecture

Cascata House sees Gary Todd Architecture combine a contemporary approach to materiality and form, while encouraging a connection to the surrounds.

The Melbourne home that Architecton Director Nick Lukas designed for himself and his family balances the simplicity of rectilinear forms and raw materials such as concrete, steel and glass with elegant, detailed interiors. Externally, the architecture reads as a series of intersecting light and dark planes. Despite the abundance of glass, the front façade is deliberately closed, with a deep setback and double-height off-form concrete wall creating a sense of protection from the street.

A Place to Put Down Roots – Moonee Ponds Residence by Architecton

Architecton Director Nick Lukas balances the simplicity of rectilinear forms and raw materials such as concrete, steel and glass with elegant interiors.

The Melbourne home that Architecton Director Nick Lukas designed for himself and his family balances the simplicity of rectilinear forms and raw materials such as concrete, steel and glass with elegant, detailed interiors. Externally, the architecture reads as a series of intersecting light and dark planes. Despite the abundance of glass, the front façade is deliberately closed, with a deep setback and double-height off-form concrete wall creating a sense of protection from the street.

A Place to Put Down Roots – Moonee Ponds Residence by Architecton

Architecton Director Nick Lukas balances the simplicity of rectilinear forms and raw materials such as concrete, steel and glass with elegant interiors.

Imagined from a place of enduring permanence, Couldrey House emerges from the subterranean rock it sits upon, challenging the typical Brisbane home vernacular. Peter Besley and Assemblage utilise masonry’s comprising thermal mass to respond to the site’s environmental opportunities and create a boldly confident and restrained home.

An Enduring Permanence – Couldrey House by Peter Besley and Assemblage

Couldrey House sees Peter Besley and Assemblage utilise the comprising thermal mass to respond to the site’s environmental opportunities to create a boldly confident and restrained home.