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119 River Rd. H F Redmond House. Peter Beaven.

Jan 13, 2010

Strange. Is this is a house, temple or the Albanian Embassy? Peter’s designs often defy categorisation and sometimes, it is what it is: Pagoda entrance, stone columns, textured cinder bricks & full-length water feature. Fullstop.

…continue reading 119 River Rd. H F Redmond House. Peter Beaven.

324 Oxford Tce. R Hyslop Flats. Warren & Mahoney.

Apr 12, 2009

This building was designed in 1960 after the success of W&M’s Dorset St and Carlton Mill flats. All the W&M ingredients are there: strong geometric lines, concrete block and exposed in-situ concrete. Today the building is sadly unloved and being used primarily as a mounting point for SKY satellite dishes. Shame.

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20 Templar St. Sutton House. Tom Taylor.

Oct 17, 2008

An artists sanctuary and studio on the CBD fringe designed for artist Bill Sutton by fellow artist and sculptor Tom Taylor in 1961. The two storey house is simple in design and feels very tranquil inside and out thanks to dappled light from the rambling garden.

…continue reading 20 Templar St. Sutton House. Tom Taylor.

59 Perth St. Unknown Architect.

Sep 17, 2008

Another submission, this time from Thomas who likes this house because it ‘addresses the street’. Rather than hiding behind a fence, it adds nicely to the streetscape. Two doors down is a more recent interpretation of the same idea by Stephen Fitzgerald.

…continue reading 59 Perth St. Unknown Architect.

Dorset Towers. Warren & Mahoney.

Aug 13, 2008

On the corner of Dorset Street and Park Terrace are two later mid-rise blocks of apartments. “Dorset Towers” is built in the typical Warren & Mahoney masonry style with walls of load-bearing reinforced concrete block cavity construction (1970 – 73).

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Dorset St Flats. Miles Warren.

Aug 10, 2008

These eight flats were produced for three young bachelor owners (including Warren himself), each having one flat to occupy and the others available to rent.

Designed before Warren & Mahoney was officially established, it employs the brutalist ideas Miles Warren brought back from Britain.

…continue reading Dorset St Flats. Miles Warren.