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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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Sitting in Melbourne’s inner-city suburb, Middle Park Residence by Zerni is a picturesque home that celebrates the past and is filled with natural light. An arched steel door demarcates the transition between heritage and contemporary design, while the surrounding garden breathes life into the earthy interiors.

Middle Park Residence by Zerni Projects

Sitting in Melbourne’s inner-city suburb, Middle Park Residence by Zerni is a picturesque home that celebrates the past and is filled with natural light.

Providing privacy and a place of refuge, The Blockhouse is a heavily weighted anchor to its site that is softened through the incorporation of botanical elements. Ha Architects combines the industrial with the residentialto reimagine the contemporary vernacular. As a home in a previously industrial area, The Blockhouse responds to both its present context and the remaining relics of its former occupation and proposes a design that acknowledges both past and present.

Taking Shelter– The Blockhouse by Ha Architects

6,724 Likes, 77 Comments - The Local Project (@thelocalproject) on Instagram: “Project Feature • Set in a previously industrial area of Melbourne, The Blockhouse by @ha_arc…”

Set on a gently sloping site located in Bouddi National Park, Decus Interiors, together with architects Square Design, have reimagined the traditional beach house aesthetic at Killcare House; a home that explores textural layering. Steered by the clients’ vision of an unconventional beach house that embodies the texture, richness and barefoot elegance of European farmhouses and chateaus, Decus Interiors sought to weave memories of travel into the New South Wales home.

An Unconventional Beach House – Killcare House by Decus Interiors

Set on a gently sloping plot located in Bouddi National Park, Decus has reimagined the traditional beach house aesthetic at Killcare House; a home that explores textural layering.

Set in the humble beachside suburb of Miami in Queensland, Cantala Avenue by ME Architect is a modest family home that celebrates simple living. As a reimagination of a traditional Queenslander beach shack, the architects’ approach was one of restraint and recalibration, maximising access to nature, natural light and ventilation with new outdoor spaces.

Cantala Avenue by ME Architect

Set in the humble beachside suburb of Miami in Queensland, Cantala Avenue by ME Architect is a modest family home that celebrates simple living.

Set on a gently sloping site located in Bouddi National Park, Decus Interiors, together with architects Square Design, have reimagined the traditional beach house aesthetic at Killcare House; a home that explores textural layering. Steered by the clients’ vision of an unconventional beach house that embodies the texture, richness and barefoot elegance of European farmhouses and chateaus, Decus Interiors sought to weave memories of travel into the New South Wales home.

An Unconventional Beach House – Killcare House by Decus Interiors

Set on a gently sloping plot located in Bouddi National Park, Decus has reimagined the traditional beach house aesthetic at Killcare House; a home that explores textural layering.

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.

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.

Taking inspiration from the adjacent Victorian terraces and post-war warehouse typologies, Fitzroy Apartments challenge the traditional densified living vernacular. BKK Architects emphasises an appreciation of community through the combined use of textural materiality and an imbued sense of homeliness. Located in Melbourne’s north, Fitzroy Apartments challenge the traditional approach to urban densification.

Challenging Traditional Densification – Fitzroy Apartments by BKK Architects

Fitzroy Apartments by BKK Architects emphasise an appreciation of community through the combined use of textural materiality and imbued sense of homeliness.

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.

Set on a gently sloping site located in Bouddi National Park, Decus Interiors, together with architects Square Design, have reimagined the traditional beach house aesthetic at Killcare House; a home that explores textural layering. Steered by the clients’ vision of an unconventional beach house that embodies the texture, richness and barefoot elegance of European farmhouses and chateaus, Decus Interiors sought to weave memories of travel into the New South Wales home.

An Unconventional Beach House – Killcare House by Decus Interiors

Set on a gently sloping plot located in Bouddi National Park, Decus has reimagined the traditional beach house aesthetic at Killcare House; a home that explores textural layering.

Reinvigorating a stately Victorian-era terrace home to inject the personal character of its owners, Golden combines a masculine boldness together with a celebration of the period’s filagree detailing to propose a home of restraint and grandeur. Nestled into Melbourne’s inner south, Albert Park Residence is an important contributor to the preservation of the area’s heritage and past.

Grandeur and Restraint – Albert Park Residence by Golden

2,796 Likes, 35 Comments - The Local Project (@thelocalproject) on Instagram: “Project Feature • Reinvigorating a stately Victorian-era terrace home to inject the personal…”

Taking inspiration from the adjacent Victorian terraces and post-war warehouse typologies, Fitzroy Apartments challenge the traditional densified living vernacular. BKK Architects emphasises an appreciation of community through the combined use of textural materiality and an imbued sense of homeliness. Located in Melbourne’s north, Fitzroy Apartments challenge the traditional approach to urban densification.

Challenging Traditional Densification – Fitzroy Apartments by BKK Architects

Fitzroy Apartments by BKK Architects emphasise an appreciation of community through the combined use of textural materiality and imbued sense of homeliness.

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.

Set on a gently sloping site located in Bouddi National Park, Decus Interiors, together with architects Square Design, have reimagined the traditional beach house aesthetic at Killcare House; a home that explores textural layering. Steered by the clients’ vision of an unconventional beach house that embodies the texture, richness and barefoot elegance of European farmhouses and chateaus, Decus Interiors sought to weave memories of travel into the New South Wales home.

An Unconventional Beach House – Killcare House by Decus Interiors

Set on a gently sloping plot located in Bouddi National Park, Decus has reimagined the traditional beach house aesthetic at Killcare House; a home that explores textural layering.

Reinvigorating a stately Victorian-era terrace home to inject the personal character of its owners, Golden combines a masculine boldness together with a celebration of the period’s filagree detailing to propose a home of restraint and grandeur. Nestled into Melbourne’s inner south, Albert Park Residence is an important contributor to the preservation of the area’s heritage and past.

Grandeur and Restraint – Albert Park Residence by Golden

2,796 Likes, 35 Comments - The Local Project (@thelocalproject) on Instagram: “Project Feature • Reinvigorating a stately Victorian-era terrace home to inject the personal…”

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.