Category Archives: Architecture

Hopefully, in the next few months, my ‘Australian Architecture’ book will be published and available in retail outlets worldwide. The project is a collaboration with my editor Cheryl Weber, who is an acclaimed author in her own right. She has always been captivated by Australian contemporary homes, which are located in many diverse regions. Interesting for Country (continent) with such a small population it really punches well above its weight in terms of innovation. Another region that has a few unsung heroes is Canada and Severn Sound Cottage by Trevor McIvor Architects perfectly illustrates this point. » Read more

Four years ago I visited Singapore to meet clients and also new influential contacts. One of my meetings was conducted in the prestigious Marina Bay area. The gentleman I arranged an appointment was a high flyer in commodities and had a penchant for exclusive mechanical watches. In fact, his collection (worth millions of dollars) was incredibly impressive and somewhat surprising. As well as owning select pieces from Harry Winston, MB & F, De-Bethune, Vianney Halter, Rolex etc. he also owned some rare vintage models and a Nixie watch. Before I forget there were a few limited edition Urwerk timepieces in the display case he brought along. That is why I am sure he has reserved one of Urwerk’s phenomenal UR-111C watches. » Read more

Normally on Sunday, I have a routine, which involves either a long morning walks or a Gym session. This is normally followed by a leisurely breakfast/brunch at home or in one of many trendy local cafes. However, this particular week I opted to do something slightly different to mix things up a bit. In fact, I decided to embark on a 2-hour round trip to visit a marvellous custom-designed house in Adelaide Hills. Certainly, the time and effort were well worth as this home was completely enchanting. » Read more

In the United Kingdom, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA for short) is considered a really prestigious organisation. In fact, if an architecture practice isn’t accredited by this body then literally it’s not worth it salt. Obviously, there are exceptions but I just wanted to illustrate the importance of a global membership with this institute. Every year the RIBA has a coveted national award for a residential home displaying an exceptional degree of merit. The shortlist has now been devised into a TV show hosted by the charismatic Kevin McCloud. It would be an understatement to say that the selections were outstanding. However, there can only be one winner and in 2017 the prize was award to Caring Wood. » Read more

Generally, I look forward to relaxing in front of the television on Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings. Primarily that is because I am treated to episodes of my favorite programmes that feature aspirational residential homes. I have always been fascinated by innovative architecture because it makes an indelible impression on an otherwise generic landscape. Far too many new builds are poorly constructed and devoid of any design merit. That is why homes like Siglap Plain by Aamer Architects really deserve editorial exposure. » Read more

A few days ago I watched one of my favourite TV programmes called ‘Grand Designs’. This incredibly entertaining show originally started in the UK but has now been franchised in Australia and presented by renowned architect Peter Maddison. In this particular episode (that aired in 2009) an entrepreneur had ambitious plans to build a contemporary masterpiece in the prestigious Sydney suburb of Cottage Point. Even though he created a phenomenal home for his family he couldn’t afford to reside there. Therefore, the outcome was bitter-sweet and a few years later the property sold for less than the actual build cost. This tale illustrates how crucial it is to have sufficient finances (from the outset) to realise your dreams. Fortunately, the owners of a magnificent residence (called Red Rocks) in Phoenix, Arizona didn’t have these issues. » Read more

Like most people I really love my holidays and in particular spending time with my family. There are so many places I would love to visit overseas and in Australia. That is why I really enjoy searching the internet for ideal destinations. Some of the accommodation on offer is absolutely spectacular. In fact, clients are now commissioning prominent architects to create these havens. A great example is Casa Kimball, which was conceived by Rangr Studio. » Read more

About a couple of weeks ago I met with a neighbour who informed me that he was planning to list his house on the market in November. He also asked if we would be interested in a personal viewing the property with an intention of potentially buying it. The home is approximately 6 years old and has some very interesting bespoke features. Certainly, it is far superior to most of the generic residences in the area. However, it didn’t tick all the boxes and therefore we couldn’t justify moving. Ultimately we liked the property but didn’t fall in love. I would imagine most buyers feel the same way and that is why they decide to go down the self-build route. This way (within reason) you can achieve the finish and layout desired. » Read more