Architecture Bespoke is a boutique Canberra architecture practice. We are a studio that specialises in residential alterations and new homes along with small to medium scale multi-residential developments. We believe that good design is testimony to not just delivering client needs but exceeding their expectations by creating something bespoke. This ideal together with sustainable principles, sympathetic site and contextual consideration ensures that each project produced by Architecture Bespoke is exceptional.
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Oconnor, ACT, 2013
The O’Connor house explores dwelling themes of refuge and prospect as a design response due to the steep site which offers amazing views to the east across central Canberra. The house has minimal openings to Dryandra Street as this façade faces west. This also hides the joy that is experienced once entering the front door past the private courtyard. Spatially the home is defined by the kitchen location as a central hub for the family. The kitchen opens to the dining and family room with an abundance of full height glass beyond to exploit the views across Canberra. A separate living room is located behind the kitchen that can be shut off from the rest of the living areas which allows flexible living arrangements. The bedrooms are accessed from a hallway that is separated from the living areas via a stair which connects the rumpus and laundry a level below. The material palette is simple natural and elegant. A combination of white cement render walls and solid ash cladding articulates the external façade. The internal space continues the timber theme as flooring and joinery veneer, whist a bold basalt clad pod compliments the crisp white walls and timber flooring.
Red Hill House
Red Hill, ACT, 2014
The sympathetic transformation of this 1960’s modernist home was the result of a shared admiration of the original home between owners and architect. The brief called for an additional level to accommodate a new main bedroom suite, an additional bedroom, bathroom, study and parents retreat. The ground floor received an extensive update of all living rooms, bedrooms, and utility rooms. Both the dining room and living room were extended and large fully glazed sliding doors were added to the northern elevation which connected the home to the north facing terrace and a new swimming pool. The design response was to create a highly detailed ‘jewel’ like box which would perch above the flat roof of the original home and take in the sweeping views across Canberra. Clad in a terracotta tile fa’ade system with matching parapet detail as the original home the addition is subtle but refined.