Dalkeith & Brooking Design Architects

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The clientʼs love of glass resulted in a dramatic and modern glass extension at the back of this traditional old home in Winchester. UK. The home is fitted with the perfect balance of contrasting light and dark materials, and natural light floods the living areas. The contemporary design creates a seamless flow between the interior and exterior spaces for the ultimate open living environment.

The great outdoors

Set among the trees in Connecticut stands this renovated 1950s abode that had extensions during the 60s and 70s. The design successfully incorporates the landscape as part of the home’s architecture, with floor to ceiling glass windows, luxury outdoor areas, a pool and a fireplace. The contemporary design engages with the landscape and the modern materials, and hues add to the inviting environment.

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The original character of an historical stable still shines in this elegant three bedroom UK family home. Preserving the existing exposed timber walls was a priority with the design, as was working with the existing layout of the stable. Divine detailing and craftsmanship take centre stage throughout the home, as seen in the timber detailing on walls, doors and even the bathroom vanity.

That’s entertainment

The integrated dining and kitchen area in thus Amsterdam home is an entertainerʼs dream. Industrial pendant light fittings lead the way through the flowing formed kitchen, which is made of Corian solid surfaces and features copious amounts of storage, sinks, and Pitt cooking appliances.

A floating table is a prominent design element, and is attached to the ceiling with steel cables.


Andy Martin Architects had the fun challenge and creative brief of incorporating colour throughout this home. The result? Yellow shelving, blue doors, purple carpet, and a red and green kitchen that all successfully introduce bright hues and create a «wow» factor. The walls and ceilings remained white to create a sense of perspective.

Tree house In seeking an almost transparent relationship with the surrounding stringybark woodland. Paul Morgan Architects transformed the natural surrounds into the structure of this cabin in Victoria’s Central Highlands. Bleached animal bones and primitive huts provided inspiration during initial concept development, and the forests natural resources led the materiality. In the striking end product, organic lines mimic the rhythm of the land, and timber forks and columns create an external truss with a gracious arboreal nod. These triangulated forms provide inherent strength, and by swathing the internal spaces with stringybark. the inhabitants’ desire for immersion and isolation is met. The project celebrates historical lineage, modern ingenuity and respect for our place within nature.

UPWARDS, NOT OUTWARDS In many parts of the world, residential buildings head skyward, responding to a dense urban environment and developing a unique way of living. In Australia, we tend to sprawl, often simply because we can. When one extended family that owned two neighbouring houses approached Andrew Maynard Architects, the company responded with a unique concept. Wrapped around a central spine, two spaces become one and, in a move uncommon in Australia, the designers introduced a self-imposed footprint restriction, and built the modern addition up, not out. A restrained material palette of cedar and glass allows the form of the building to be clearly read, and accentuates the monolithic shape.

A graphic detail of the childlike image of a house, placed atop the external cedar wall, is included as much as a graffiti deterrent as a playful design feature.

Northern exposure

Our rugged climate can be unpredictable, and designs that respond to its temperamental nature make for intelligent homes. Rosevear Architects designed this Tasmanian home, giving special consideration to the changing weather. Two pavilions face Freycinet Peninsula to the south, and are separated by a courtyard and deck, with the structure intentionally turning its back on the sun to take full advantage of the coastal vista. Ihe central deck protrudes out to the north, providing plenty of sun soaked space, and a spiral staircase leads to an overhead steel deck that provides vast views in all directions.

To offer compete control of privacy and exposure, full height steel gates can blinker the external spaces as required.

High key, monochromatic schemes are the current choice for many Australian homes. In this Sydney residence. Greg Natale convinces us that a lack of chroma need not equate to a home short on personality. The clients longed for a family home with a French flavour, and Natale, a well travelled Francophile, responded with his trademark finesse. The entry is a statement in historical glamour, with classics like chequerboard stone tiles and glass panelling lending sophistication. Contemporary inclusions (a steel polyhedron pendant echoing the angles of the tiles, and modern sculptures throughout) complete the tightly styled scheme and position this home as a modern classic with a distinctly luxe edge. This home was shortlisted for a 2013 Australian Interior Design Award.


Buildings of historical importance call for a unique approach. Designers employ specific considerations towards scale and material choices to ensure any new work is an evolution, not a dismissal of the past. The design of this Brisbane home captures the integrity of the historical wool store apartments. Unadorned and with six metre high ceilings, this industrial space allowed Wrightson Stewart to design an honest interior that places focus on dynamic architectural features and heralds the structure’s innate masculinity. Creative flourishes. such as a bedroom entry customised from a meat packing slider door, add surprising detail to this warehouse cum modern home.

High line

High ceilings always delight, and in this contemporary addition to a Victorian cottage a double height space creates a real impact. The low lit rooms of the original building, and the upper level can applaud the view from the internal balcony. Porcelain pendant lights by Mud punctuate the space, encouraging a lofty gaze.

STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Form and function are working in unison to produce show stopping staircases. Eye catching steps add drama and encourage exploration of multi levelled homes. On the deck of this Sydney home. Tobias Partners has revelled in the chance to create a functional work of art. In a helix of black steel, these stairs made by Kosta Engineering beg you to climb them, and their journey through a concrete frame promises adventure, and exquisite views beyond.

History repeats

Built in 1882 by shipyard owner and the first mayor of Sydney’s Balmain. Mr John Booth, this modest Victorian semi called for a gentle touch. Following closely the aspirations of council and the desires of the client, Mury Architects designed a home that is committed to the clarity of Booth’s original idea. By extruding the profile of the original gabled terrace, the altered building sits within a geometry identical to that from 1882. This respectful approach has resulted in a contemporary interpretation of the graceful original.

Craig Sheiles

What does sustainable design mean for homes in 2013? With every new home now requiring a minimum six star energy rating, and as awareness increases and sustainable products become more widely available, sustainable design will be more prevalent in 2013 and beyond.

What we design today will be relevant for future generations to use and reuse.

In the past, sustainability has been considered «boring». How are home designers making the concept more appealing? Rather than focus on sustainable building materials and products, designers are taking a more passive approach, focusing on the orientation of a design to maximise passive solar design principles, often resulting in interesting abstract cubist shapes that complement the feel. Creative rooflines and decorative recycled wall cladding products are a few of the simple ways designers are making sustainability eye catching.

What current design elements and materials are being used to combine aesthetics and functionality?

Louvred aluminium sun hoods, external aluminium Venetian blinds, natural stone to store heat on floors in winter, and natural timber are all very big right now. and help to reduce the need for artificial cooling in summer months. Extensive glazing to the northern aspect of a home creates a home filled with natural light and reduces the need to heat in winter. The importance of glazing, from both an aesthetic and a practical perspective, can often be underestimated. It gives a sense of space while keeping your home warmer in winter.

Simon Bodycoat

What docs sustainable design mean in 2013?

For residential buildings in 2013 it has different meanings or definitions for the various parties involved in the design and construction. The architect has always held sustainability and energy efficiency as a key design criterion, with the objective being to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through improved building, thermal performance, and building services specification. The builder and his subcontractors now also play a greater role, in the fabrication and melding of many individual building elements that combine only at the end to provide a cohesive, tested and approved outcome.

What are the basics intrinsic in home design now? Fundamental to the design of all houses should be the implementation of the passive environmental principles, such as building siting, orientation, solar aspect and penetration, cross ventilation, and spatial planning. Thermal performance of individual building elements, spaces within a building, and the overall building can no longer be ignored. This needs to be balanced or offset against the requirement for placement and sizing of glazing elements within a building, especially where outlook is an important design consideration.

What «add-oils» are there for those who want extra sustainable elements? Add-ons that may be considered could include systems that generate or harvest power (solar, wind, water); systems that allow for the collection or harvesting and reuse of stormwater (water tanks, bladders); the installation of smart or intelligent wiring systems; the selection and use of green building materials; integration of landscape design and plant selection with the design of the building; and the ability of the building to be remodelled or reused in the future to accommodate a changing family structure.

Claude Giorgi

What docs sustainable design mean for homes in 2013? I think that it is not one item, but a number of elements that make up sustainable design. It has to be based on a combination of factors: good design assessment of the orientation of houses on blocks; selection of materials; and the understanding of the technologies that will help you improve the efficient running of the home. Designing and building a modern day home means more than aesthetics. It demands future proofing today’s homes to ensure efficiency beyond the traditional.

How are perceptions of green residential design changing? I think most people are aware about wanting to have sustainable homes, but by the same token they don’t want to compromise on the design that they require.

The perception is that people are becoming more aware that our homes need to have design principles that are sustainable and efficient in making a green impact. People are becoming more aware of the green approach, and want companies like us to incorporate green values into design. This is especially so when the consumption of power within a home becomes the biggest single contributor to expenses and emissions. Then energy efficient schemes and modern technologies are the solution.

What factors affect this shift in attitude? There’s no question that the high energy costs associated with the Carbon Tax are driving people to make a shift towards a smaller footprint. And apart from energy costs, people now feel that they have a moral responsibility to be environmentally sustainable. Perceptions are changing, and people certainIy feel more obliged to contribute to the process.

People who are now buikling homes are asking how they can be more cost effective, making more open living areas with smaller houses, making the outside work with the inside of the home so that the home looks bigger than it is. I think the want for a smaller footprint and to Then more energy efficient is now being incorporated within everyday living.

Why arc the costs for sustainable products and buildings decreasing? The more we use energy efficient products, and understand them and the way they work, the more the cost comes down. Building and supply industries have realised that these products need to come down in price. And now there is a recognition in the industry that these products need to meet design and sustainability requirements. Ultimately, these technologies will become more readily available to the residential market, and do not need to be expensive to provide functionality.

Domenic Alvaro

What does sustainable design mean for homes in 2013? It’s as much about location as it is about design and construction. Homes that are closer to where people work. play, shop and become educated, or closer to public transport to move people to those locations, are far more sustainable than those that are not. when one considers the direct and indirect costs (pollution, health, emissions, accidents, congestion) of fossil fuel transportation.

How are perceptions of green residential design changing? This is currently dominated by energy and water. Over time, the prominence of other resource constraints or changing climate impacts will further affect design inputs. For example, the increasing number of vegetable gardens to combat rising food costs; climate change leading to improved protection from weather variability and extremes: and the sourcing of various construction materials dependent on availability.

What are factors affecting this shift in attitude?

Climate change, dwindling resources, high energy and water costs, pollution, congestion, health, population increases, ageing demographics, affordability, food security and biodiversity loss… They are all contributing to these trends to greater or lesser extents, and will continue to do so.

What are the misconceptions about sustainable design? Sustainability is about exploring possibilities and managing future risk. Manage that risk and anything is possible, but that can only be achieved by a considered process of design. A «one size fits all» approach is unlikely to be sustainable.

Port Bouvard With its site positioned on the headland of the southern point of Avalon Bay in Port Bouvard, it is understandable that the design brief for this home was dictated by the location. The 180 degree view of the beach was to be maximised through a floorplan that was as open as possible, using very few internal walls so the ocean outlook was visible from every room in the house. The extensive use of glass and large sliding and bifold doors distorts the line between inside and out. further increasing the coastal connection. Materials were carefully selected to keep within the brief and ensure that the desired outcome was achieved. Mimicking the colour and the texture of the beach, limestone was used extensively on the flooring both inside and out. continuing to the cantilevered stairs. Bluestone cladding has been used for the feature blade walls and provides a striking contrast to the floating horizontal blades formed by the roof and walls. The horizontal and vertical planes found throughout the home blend in a unique way to create the effortless form of this property. Every detail of thus stunning residence has been carefully considered and crafted to achieve the client’s brief with a clean, minimal aesthetic.


Seeking a relaxed, low maintenance holiday home that still boasted some architectural flair, the clients approached Banham Architects to outline their brief.

With their land nestled among peppermint trees that line the bank of a river, they were keen for the home to be open and relaxed, and to take advantage of the surrounding views.

Built by TR Mackinnon and Co, a clean modern aesthetic was adopted using locally sourced natural materials where possible.

The design outcome was a H-shaped floorplan with the living area located centrally, allowing ample natural light and ventilation to this zone.

This design also provided a choice of outdoor areas from which to shelter from the alternate prevailing winds, while maintaining viewʼs of the river from all habitable areas.

A series of rammed earth walls anchors the building to the site, while dark grey weatherboard infill walls reflect the bark of the peppermint trees.

Contrasting this is the soaring, horizontal white blade that forms the roof, with locally sourced marri on the floors and decking area bringing the eye back to nature again.


Resting atop a steep cliff face overlooking the Swan River, this luxury family residence is inspired by contemporary references to the understated elegance and timeless architectural style of the Hamptons.

The owners of the home requested that all spaces make the best use of sustainable solar design principles and achieve maximum views up and down the river.

Protection for courtyard spaces when prevailing adverse weather conditions were being experienced was also important.

The spatial challenge of the brief was resolved by creating a simple elongated U-shaped plan sited parallel to the river.

The simplicity inherent in the floor plan promotes and achieves cross flow ventilation, even light and temperature control throughout the year.

Entry is provided from the street into the top level of the home, which accommodates the reception areas, various terraces positioned to capture the view, living spaces, kitchen, dining, library and a large master bedroom.

A lift provides a link from this level to the ground floor, which accommodates a large study/office, recreation room, three large bedrooms with ensuites. and outside protected terraces. An old limestone access path was restored to provide direct access down the rugged cliff face to the river below.

The external palette comprises jade green slate, book leaf sandstone block work, hand forged wrought iron, extensive timber joinery and custom profile weatherboard cladding. Internally, the extensive hand painted timber joinery theme continues with detailed custom built-in cabinetry anchoring the function of each space.

Presenting a sense of place devoid of the common exuberances witnessed in many glitzy homes of today, the residence is the epitome of a comfortable family home.

East Fremantle

Situated in an area that is slowly undergoing a process of gentriflcation, the basement level of the original Italianate project home was retained, while the entire top floor was demolished to base the new design on.

The owners required a contemporary residence for themselves and their growing teenage family.

Facing the Swan River and sloping up towards Penshurst Hill, the addition of more floor space in a vertical arrangement was required so views in a northerly direction to the river could be attained

Brooking Design Architects created an additional two floors over the existing basement footprint, disguising these by enveloping them in an overall roof/wall form that blurs the lines between what is a wall and what is a roof.

The vast volume of the central foyer and the articulation of the floor levels are perceived with views through the residence to the river beyond. This links the living spaces and master bedroom on the top level to the kids’ and family spaces on the ground floor, right down to the garage in the basement.

Large outdoor entertaining areas and terraces positioned on the northern face ensure light and orientation towards the river.

The most distinguishing architectural element is the unique enveloping roof form. Brooking Design Architects distilled the historical range of vernacular architectural elements in Fast Fremantle to a handful of materials, the predominate being corrugated iron (today referred to as «custom orb»). The use of custom orb sheeting as a wall and roof finish seemed to fit the metaphor for Fast Fremantle 3nd provide a contemporary reinterpretation of this material.

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