Mt Martha House

17 Feb 2017

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Some things take time. Some things are painstakingly built by hand by a builder for himself. Sometimes there is care in each move and each junction.


Summer 2017

17 Feb 2017

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Mt Martha House: Summer 2017

This site falls away steeply by 17m from front to back. The house is mostly viewed from above, from properties higher up the hill - and this was a major design consideration. The house is not necessarily recognisable as a house, nor was this of importance. The house is both ‘all roof’ and without a roof at the same time. A solid masonry spine anchors the house to its site and the expressive potential of architecture determines the design vocabulary. Ideas emerge from the sectional relationship to the ground line. A solid masonry platform, with projecting lightweight outbuildings, anchors the house to its dramatic site. Built by James Launder with landscape by Site Design Landscape Architecture, photographs by Dianna Snape.


Claremont Manor Opens

23 Dec 2016

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Claremont Manor Opens Ahead of Schedule

The emphasis is on livability with residents' shared spaces taking centre stage. All residents enter their apartments via a dramatic double height light filled foyer and meeting place. On level 2 residents share a pool area, sauna, cinema room, gym, as well as offices and commercial spaces. A dramatic folded origami inspired canopy offers shelter and interest to the street. The 19 level tower topped with a stainless steel crown, is split into two interlocking black and white towers. The gold details on the sun screens are carried through to the interior detailing. Claremont Manor adds to Bird de la Coeur's suite of completed projects in South Yarra's Forrest Hill precinct: Yarra House, 50 Claremont, 7 Yarra, 9 Yarra and the Yarra Street Arcade. Thank to our clients Poly Southlink, and Hickory, Hassell, PDS and Meinhardt.