With more than 20 years of practice, B.E Architecture has built a body of work in various locations around Australia, has a long history of excellence in architecture for residential, multi-residential and commercial spaces, with international commissions currently under development.
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Cassell Street Residence
South Yarra, VIC, 2012
The house on Cassell Street is referential of an ancient Byzantine building. The strong rectilinear form, made from natural stone, has a quality of looking older than it is – as though it could have been standing in the same place unchanged for a hundred years or existed in another world all together. Positioned on a corner block, the façade uses bespoke materials on the upper level appropriate for its high visibility from the street. The subtle bandings of travertine is made up from 10 different sized slabs of stone hand selected from opposite sides of the same quarry to produce two distinct tones.
Siglo Restaurant and Bar
Sited above an existing restaurant and lounge at the top end of town, the Siglo bar and terrace reveals one of Melbourne’s best vistas. Neighbouring the Princess Theatre, the site overlooks Parliament House and its gardens. The small lantern-like structure rests lightly and respectfully above Spring Street. In harmony with its surrounds Siglo exudes a timeless quality; a relaxed setting to enjoy a wine with the view. Operable windows, in a mix of clear and green glass referencing wine bottles, are capable of coping with Melbourne’s unpredictable weather with ease. The glasshouse structure was prefabricated and installed quickly onsite navigating the complexities of building above a major city street.
Hopetoun Avenue Residence
Vaucluse, NSW, 2014
Hopetoun Avenue, is a renovation and extension to a period home in the Sydney suburb of Vaucluse. As an intentional point of difference to the solidity of the existing sandstone house, the new addition is a light intervention that emerges from the canopy of an existing mature lemon-scented gum tree. The design integrates the established tree allowing it to remain the dominate feature on the site. Literally built around the trunk, the substantial structure is made from suspended off form concrete with solid timber infills suspended over the roots of the ancient tree. The roof of the house intersects with the tree so that the upper level sits in the branches overlooking views to the Sydney Harbour.