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Painting The Landscape With ACRE Designs

Last month we featured a stunning contemporary beach house with such spectacular landscape architecture that we thought the people behind it deserved their own post! Meet Acre– a Fitzroy-based firm taking a holistic approach to garden design.

For Acre’s Creative Director Brett Robinson, a childhood spent exploring the beautiful Mornington Peninsula has been an undeniable influence in his (zig-zag) path to landscape architecture. We chat with Brett about his multi-disciplinary approach to landscape architecture in their fifth year of business!

The Tastiest Tuesdays of 2014 · Tamsin's Leek Tart with Floral Salad – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

Undoubtedly, one of the most popular foodies we covered last year was the delightful Tamsin Carvan of Tamsin’s Table.  There is SO MUCH to love about Tamsin’s inspiring little business, and the idyllic life she has created for herself and daughter Martha amongst the beautiful rolling hills of South Gippsland. In November, Tamsin joined us for Tasty Tuesday, sharing four seasonal recipes from her kitchen. Her individual leek tarts with freshly picked flower salad were an instant TDF favourite!  Photogenic and delicious.

Today we finish up our highlights of 2014 with this wonderful recipe from Tamsin.  Next week Tasty Tuesday is officially BACK, with all new recipes!

 

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A Minimalist, Semi-Prefabricated Beach House

creative-peoplearchitectureA Minimalist, Semi-Prefabricated Beach House

Bundeena is a small coastal town on the fringes of southern Sydney. Its architecture consists of classic weatherboard cottages separated by chain-linked fences – a local style architect Hannah Tribe of Tribe Studio was keen to draw on when designing her own family beach house in the area.

‘There are lots of historic vernacular precedents for this kind of house, and Bundeena has a charming fisher-cottage feeling,’ she said. ‘We wanted to create something that used the familiar materials, and was modest in the streetscape to support the character of the place.’

The low-lying weekender comprises two pavilions separated by a courtyard garden. A simple timber frame is perched atop a concrete slab, flanked by sliding glass doors that provide important connection to the native garden designed by landscape architect Christopher Owen.

Sleeping spaces wrap the courtyard near the front of the property, while living spaces face the rear.

‘This is a busy beach house, full of kids and dogs and salt and sand. It is designed to be hose-out simple!’ says Hannah of the raw and unfinished material expression. The palette works to achieve her vision of a relaxed, simple and somewhat nostalgic space.

‘I am really interested in colour and had a good time experimenting with how applied colour would work with the inherent colour of the blackbutt doors and the concrete slab,’ Hannah explains.

‘The joinery is painted in a series of colours that are experiments with alternative neutrals. We have used an undercoat/band-aidy pink in the bedrooms, a dirty green on the rangehood and an almost black but weirdly bright blue in the kitchen joinery.’

The rest of the interior is painted Dulux Linseed, an orange-based grey that feels ‘like a hug’.

Though the Bundeena House has been an all-round success, widespread availability is still a little while off.

‘This was the first prototype. We are still in development, refining minimising waste and balancing out providing local jobs with partial prefabrication off site,’ explains Hannah.

Pretty good for a trial run!

See more projects from Tribe Studio here. If you’d like to register interest in a kit-home from Tribe Studio, get in touch with them directly here.

The Bundeena house comprises two pavilions wrapping a courtyard. Photo – Katherine Lu.


The rear pavilion contains the living, dining and kitchen spaces separated by a large fireplace in the centre of the room. Kitchen under bench joinery painted with Dulux Karori Sanctuary. Kitchen overhead joinery painted Dulux Bottle Green. Photo – Katherine Lu.


Garden landscaped by Christopher Owen of Fieldwork flanks either side of this wing of the building. Interior Walls painted Dulux Linseed. Photo – Katherine Lu.


The raw and unfinished material palette works to achieve Hannah’s vision for a relaxed, simple and somewhat nostalgic space. Photo – Katherine Lu.


A simple timber frame is perched atop a concrete slab, flanked by sliding glass doors that provide important connection to the native garden. Photo – Katherine Lu.


‘The joinery is painted in a series of colours that are experiments with alternative neutrals,’ says Hannah. ‘We have used an undercoat/band-aidy pink in the bedrooms, a dirty green on the rangehood and an almost black but weirdly bright blue in the kitchen joinery.’ Photo – Katherine Lu.


There are no windows on the street-facing facade as all rooms face towards the internal garden and gain natural light from the connection to the outdoors. Photo – Katherine Lu.

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