Graduating from UTS Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (Hons), Sam has 20 years experience in the architectural industry, working with firms such as HPA Architects, Squillace Architects and Sharon Fraser Architects. In 2004 Sam and his family relocated to the North Coast of New South Wales and has established his own architecture practice in the inspiring hinterland of Byron Bay. Sam is a registered architect and has worked on numerous public, urban and residential projects, including the award-winning Olympic Village in Homebush Bay and the Walsh Bay Precinct, Sydney. Sam is a member of the Australian Institute of Architects.
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CLIENT BRIEF To create a modern, stylish and interesting home — with a welcoming approach. It must sit lightly on the land, be open, airy and age well. We do not want ostentatious or to ‘make a statement’. As the site is very windy, we require two decks — one sheltered from the north-east wind and the other sheltered from the south-west wind. SOLUTION A modern home which capitalises on the views — two outdoor decks, both of which face the views — and a sheltered courtyard. The U
Byron Bay house
Byron Bay, 2010
CLIENT BRIEF To modernise an 80s brick dwelling and establish a better connection between the house and the pool/outdoors. SOLUTION Create an open-plan kitchen and breakfast area that is connected to the pool via an entertainment deck. Create a dinning area that is also connected to the pool through a covered deck; and relocate the stairs to upstairs. Renovate the bathroom, ensuite and kitchen. Cement render the exterior.
CLIENT BRIEF An alteration and addition to a 1980s 2-storey brick veneer home. Extend the house to include a new open-plan living area to take advantage of the views to the garden and pool area. A new kitchen and spacious entry, and better connect the indoor and outdoor areas. SOLUTION Create a dramatic new entry/arrival point with the removal of a bedroom on the first floor, directly above to create a double-storey void. The entry becomes a point of orientation and is a strong visual l