• residential_architecture_richmond_12018 James Street Residence
  • 2017 St Vincents Place Residence
  • residential_architecture_armadale_12017 Armadale Residence
  • 2016 Kooyongkoot Road Residence
  • 2016 Rose Street Residence
  • residential_architecture_melbourne_402016 Canterbury Road Residence
  • 2016 Lewisham Road Residence
  • 2015 East Melbourne Apartments
  • residential_architecture_toorak_102015 Hopetoun Road Residence
  • 2015 Maleela Avenue Residence
  • residential_architecture_sydney_202014 Hopetoun Avenue Residence
  • workplace_architecture_melbourne_12014 Neue Black Workplace
  • residential_architecture_middle_park_12014 Canterbury Road Residence
  • 2014 Winter Street Residence
  • 2014 Bass Street Residence
  • 2014 Tristan Koenig Gallery
  • residential_architecture_south_yarra_82013 Park Street Residence
  • residential_architecture_malvern_12013 Mountview Road Residence
  • residential_architecture_melbourne_102012 Cassell Street Residence
  • hospitality_architecture_melbourne_12012 Café Latte Restaurant
  • residential_architecture_elsternwick_12012 Edwards Residence
  • 2011 Mcllwrick Street Apartments
  • 2011 Kerferd Road [Reichstein] Residence
  • residential_architecture_richmond_102010 Docker Street Residence
  • multiresidential_architecture_melbourne_12010 Walsh Street Apartments
  • 2010 Evelina Road Residence
  • 2010 Sorman Residence
  • residential_architecture_shoreham_12009 Blake Street Residence
  • residential_architecture_brighton_12009 Seacombe Grove Residence
  • residential_architecture_toorak_32009 Canterbury Road Apartments
  • 2009 Norman Avenue Residence
  • 2009 Edwards Residence
  • hospitality_architecture_melbourne_12008 Siglo Restaurant and Bar
  • residential_architecture_south_yarra_12008 Fawkner Street Residence
  • 2008 Cristopoulous Residence
  • 2008 B.E Architecture Workplace
  • 2007 Darling Street [Ipolitti] Residence
  • 2007 Osbourne Street Residence
  • 2007 Park Place Residence
  • 2007 Crown Street Residence
  • 2006 Walsh Street [Mackay] Residence
  • 2006 Anderson Street Residence
  • 2006 The Eyrie Residence
  • residential_architecture_melbourne_22005 57 Tivoli Road Residence
  • 2005 Judd Residence
  • 2005 Government Road Residence
  • residential_architecture_flinders_32005 Whitehall Road Residence
  • 2004 Tivoli Place Apartments
  • workplace_architecture_melbourne_22004 Wilson Street Workplace
  • 2004 Balnarring Road Residence
  • 2003 Whitaker Residence
  • 2002 Dover Heights Residence
  • 2002 Coventry Street Workplace
  • 2002 Richardson Street Residence
  • 2002 Hanby Street Residences
  • residential_architecture_flinders_22002 Meakins Road Residence
  • residential_architecture_toorak_12002 Ross Street Residence
  • 2002 Earl Street Residence
  • 2001 Hawksburn Close Residence
  • 2001 Hawksburn Road Residence
  • 2001 Chomley Street Residence
  • multiresidential_architecture_melbourne_22000 Wellington Street Apartments
  • 2000 Nelson Street Apartments
  • 2000 Men's Mode Retail
  • 1999 275 Canterbury Road Residence
  • 1999 266 Canterbury Road Residence
  • 1998 Canterbury Road Residences
  • 1997 Fitzroy Street Apartment
  • 1996 Carmines Restaurant
  • 1994 Leicester Street Residence
  • 1994 Iguana Bar Chapel Street
 
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James Street Residence

Perched on a hill in Richmond, the James Street Residence is a multi-generational, multicultural family home. The building is made from two distinct parts – a restoration of the existing period home which revitalises one of the first examples of a kit home in Australia and a modern extension. Together the two create a cross section through architectural history along James Street. Each component creates its own distinct vernacular. The original building enhances the characteristics intrinsic to the workers cottage referencing decorative details, use of timber externally and internally, horizontality and a historic grey tone. In contrast, the new extension is a sculptural form using an architectural language of metal and mirrored glass expressed verticality with crisp detail. The two are connected by a glazed link which creates a clear visual separation from the street emphasising which is from the past and which is from the present.

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St Vincents Place Residence

As a modern renaissance home, the St Vincents Place Residence is a new archetype developed through reinterpretation of classical references with a modern sensibility. The client, as a patron, put his belief in architecture, artists and artisans to create a nourishing environment that goes beyond surface treatments by inscribing contemplative experiences into the physical form. Combining history, art and culture, the St Vincents Place Residence is ultimately a place of rebirth, simultaneously reviving an exceptional period home and cultivating a place of renewal that elevates quality of life for the client.

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Armadale Residence

The overall feeling of the three-storey residence in Armadale is lightness - almost an ethereal floating quality created by the sun refracting over the granite façade. This is a contradiction to the reality of the 260 tons of granite which make up the building’s skin. The resolution of the monolithic structure looks as though it could have been carved from a single stone. While there is permanence to the structure, the internal spaces are light and open, particularly in the living area where the fully retractable glazed doors open onto the adjacent courtyard.

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Kooyongkoot Road Residence

The Kooyoonkoot Road Residence is a compact design on a smaller site. The two story form has been designed around a north facing courtyard and pool. The building’s polished cement render facade is punctuated with black steel plate detailing. The entry to the building is accentuated by a staged experience through a glazed two-story external space before entering the main structure. The layout is on a simple cruciform grid positioned so an occupant is always walking towards light.

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Rose Street Residence

Rose Street Residence is a two story Victorian terrace house located on a premium street in Armadale. Typical of a building of its vintage, it has previously undergone a series of misguided building works and has been built from the ground up to create a new built form. A single level black painted brick extension is added to take advantage of the rear north orientation. In the extension, large expanses contrast with the divided room-like nature of the building at the front. The success of these renovations is linked to making the original building function like a new building while integrating the period aspect of the building with new construction works.

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Canterbury Road Residence

Like a naturally occurring trilithon found in rock formations, the Canterbury Road Residence is made up of three simple structures, clad in rough lavastone stacked to form a contemplative passageway. The separation between the forms is made apparent as though they are three large boulders leaning on one another. The organic nature of the hand laid stone walls draws one from the street into the heart of the house; the upper level forms the lentil over the entry.

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Lewisham Road Residence

With an unassuming single-fronted terrace house as the facade, Lewisham Road Residence is an unexpected restoration and extension for a couple with a keen interest in modern architecture. Discretely tucked behind the original structure, the sharp, clean-lines of the addition create a clear contrast between old and new. This articulation is carried into the interiors retaining a hint of the original details at the front and creating a new vernacular at the back with an open layout and fine detailing.

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East Melbourne Apartments

Our design response for the East Melbourne Development is fundamentally a response to the surrounding area, embracing the heritage aspect of the site. It breaks down and reinterprets the components of a traditional Victorian house like those that line street – using the iconic front terrace, cornice, balcony, balustrade and side walls. With the same formality and modularity, the larger building is articulated so that the structure appears as a series of attached 4 story structures harking back to the brownstones of New York and the Victorian row houses in London, each with a subtle sense of individuality.

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Hopetoun Road Residence

The approach for the renovation and extension of the Hopetoun Road Residence is to retain the existing structure as an anchoring element, adding a series of pavilions underneath a floating copper roofline that wraps around the original building. Embracing the client’s desire to maintain a fairly conventional residential structure, the design strengthens the form by creating a gable façade at the front and back with a clearly defined outline. Clad in polished grey render, the gables emphasize solidity and give the house a re-established sense of history and permanence. In contrast the extensions, composed as ribbons of copper wrapping around the solid structure, sit softly above recessed glazed pavilions.

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Maleela Avenue Residence

Maleela Avenue Residence is a renovation and extension of a grand 1930’s home for a large family considering the dynamics of how the family will change over time. The layout rationalises the maze of rooms typical in older buildings to spaces that can be used from childhood to early adulthood. The proportions are generous in keeping with the formality of the original building. The extension is a traditional colonnade with irregular shaped concrete columns and large glazing allowing the occupant to see through the entry all the way through the house to the formal gardens at the rear. The elevated orientation of new upper level areas capitalise on the view above the surround house to views beyond.

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Hopetoun Avenue Residence

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.

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Neue Black Workplace

Neue Black is an innovate mortgage broker in South Yarra that wanted to create a distinct identity appealing to all generations. While quite refined, the office is more like a studio with a relaxed open plan. Use of an irregular patterned steel-framed glass wall provides separation whilst maintaining an open feel. The finishes and furnishings are an eclectic mix that is less about luxury and more about creating a memorable space. It is a comfortable setting suited to a financial company for today. This project was previously Mortgage Choice, South Yarra.

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Canterbury Road Residence

A traditional Victorian home in Middle Park, Canterbury Road Residence is an opportunity to rethink a series of custom details to suit the context of the original house and the clients’ strong appreciation for the elements of decoration from that era. A custom door surround is made from colourful slices of agate, a new stair has a softly curving handrail, the large arch doors, coved cornices and custom carved ceiling details are reinterpreted to sit quietly in the Victorian home. Separated by an internal courtyard with a high planted wall, the back of the house is an informal livingroom and kitchen opening on to with a simple form creating a new studio/retreat along the laneway. The house is an expression of the clients who it was built for through a collaborative design process. Their open-mindedness and willingness to take a leap of faith where drawings could not tell the whole story were a real asset to the project.

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Winter Street Residence

The renovation and extension to the double fronted Victorian house on Winter Street works with the separation between old and new, maintaining only three original masonry walls. The main entry is shifted along the side of the house where the two buildings meet. The original house is finished in reinterpreted detailing and the new extension uses modern lines and expansive glazing. The clients’ appreciation of chiaroscuro is seen in the dark elements such as the timber joinery, custom terrazzo flooring and black steel detailing in the light space. Working with the north facing orientation, a series of gardens including a central courtyard get bring light into the rear extension.

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Bass Street Residence

A stacked rectilinear form, Bass Street Residence uses a series of subtly angled walls in opposing directions so the building composition creates a slight sense of tension between the property’s two key outlooks to distant water views at the front and sculptural trees at the back. The vertical striping in the timber cladding creates an understated illusion expressing differences in the shifting planes and adding depth to the sharp angular shadow lines. The space between the surfaces forms an irregular angled soffit using finely detailed slices of timber cladding so that all surfaces are covered in timber, giving a singularity to the materiality throughout the project.

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Tristan Koenig Gallery

A conversion of an old fabric manufacturing factory in Collingwood, the first floor gallery space for gallerist Tristan Koenig is a raw, honest response that forms a supportive backdrop for the constantly evolving collections of vibrant, cutting-edge art. Glimpses of the original two-story roof truss are seen through the layout of the exhibitions spaces and offices. Cumbersome remnants from the factory setting have been repurposed to suit its new function such as the low concrete upstand that has been converted into a deep bench-like seating used for openings and parties.

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Park Street Residence

The Park Street House uncovers a new life for the traditional period house, creating a family home for three generations of inhabitants. The design reinterprets traditional elements to reveal the legacy of time. The façade is uncovered to expose the original ornate concrete and brick work as well as noticeable patches to show the building’s history. The interiors are characterised by a reduced ornamentation, referencing the grandiose qualities of the original structure. Every surface is treated with upgraded finishes including wood panelling and extensive joinery. Honest materiality and quality craftsmanship to tell the story of the past whilst supporting the modern purpose.

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Mountview Road Residence

The subtle, stacked limestone house is a contemporary reinterpretation of a traditional building. The design responds to the clients’ brief for a new home with a sense of establishment. Distinguishing the two storey main house from the modern single level extensions employs a zoned planning strategy creating a feeling of hierarchy throughout. The front house embraces the smaller proportions of traditional rooms to create intimate spaces and the detailing draws from the decorative techniques and craftsmanship from that era. In contrast, the extended zones are characterised by a dark bronzed metal cladding, open layouts and expansive glazing.

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Cassell Street Residence

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.

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Café Latte Restaurant

For the last 25 years, Café Latte and owner Luca Lorusso have been an icon in the Hawksburn Village shopping precinct. At the heart of the redesign for Café Latte is a rigorous study of the existing restaurant and what made it successful in the first place. The design is not a grand architectural intervention but rather a considered and nuanced response to the cultural milieu that is Café Latte. The space is filled with an array of eclectic and hand crafted items. It is a warm and inviting environment that feels more like dining at the home of a good friend.

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Edwards Residence

Located in Elsternwick, the home is a substantial alteration and addition to an existing Edwardian house. The bulk of the existing house has been retained and restored in a way that is sympathetic to the history of the house by making evident what is original and what is new. The extended section is an L-shaped kitchen, living, dining and covered outdoor space framed by an extended roofline like a boxed window looking into a harmonious space of family living. The covered patio is a highly purposeful outdoor room with a fireplace, appropriate for year-round use.

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Mcllwrick Street Apartments

The McIlwrick Street Residences are a two-residence development located on a what was previously a single residential block in Windsor. Like an old European village, the development is a small cluster of buildings you can see through and walk between such that the significant addition feels as though it could have always been there. A series of reduced forms with deep-set window reveals are made in flush struck brickwork and black steel detailing responding to materiality of the neighbouring laneway. Built more like early Victorian Australian architecture, it is a quiet integration made from solid materials and time-honoured craftsmanship not typically used in modern developments. Internally, each residence has its own materials palette and sense of identity, each with skylighting and private outdoor terraces.

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Kerferd Road [Reichstein] Residence

Located on a large parcel of land in the middle of Albert Park, the Kerferd Road Residence is a substantial renovation and extension to an unassuming double fronted Victorian home. The extension is based on the stepping used at the top like buildings from Sydney in 1920’s and 1930’s. The rendered form is designed to complement an extensive garden by Fiona Brockhoff Landscape Design. Decorative detailing was reduced or removed and replaced with a continuous version of the curved plaster cornices designed by B.E Architecture. The quiet details and restrained material palette is profoundly subtle so that it is not immediately noticed but rather is discovered gradually and leaves a strong impression.

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Docker Street Residence

Sensitivity to history was the approach to the renovation and extension of the house in Richmond, once home to Bishop Docker. Little of the existing house remained fit for use besides external walls; therefore the focus was on recapturing the feeling of a traditional Victorian residence in a way that was applicable to its modern context. Contemporary reinterpretation of original details such as the plaster cast coved ceilings and restoration of the turned timber stair rail capture the essence of an older building. The substantial, yet subtle addition at the rear is a backdrop for its Victorian counterpart. The use of light, traditional materials and expansive glazing recedes to allow the historic house to leave a more lasting impression.

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Walsh Street Apartments

Walsh Street Apartments is a boutique development that has the scale and appearance of a single residence. The owners are one of two: not one of forty. Externally, each residence is given a unique identity with their own unique cladding and within a high level of privacy creates further separation. Both apartments provide generous space, natural lighting and bespoke detailing that is more in line with luxury houses than apartments. A handmade quality is evident in upgraded custom details, such as the steel stair rail that curves to the palm of the hand as well as the materials in refined stone and timber.

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Evelina Road Residence

Built on a long, narrow site situated near the railway line, the design for Evelina Road Residence is a considered design that protects the house from public view from both the street in the front and the train in the back. The single story residence is inward-facing, using stucco and render finishes. Progressive sound insulation is used to mitigate acoustic quality of the proximity to the train.

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Sorman Residence

The Sorman Residence is one of four residence completed on Tivoli Road in a similar timeframe. It is an existing 1880’s double fronted Victorian building. As is often the case with older homes, the building required extensive renovation and an addition to suit the needs of a modern family. The new building takes advantage of the steep sloping site so that the additional areas are plotted up the hill, ending at the garage. While keeping the spaces open, each level contains defined functions stepping between them. The various levels provide different spatial relationships and sightlines to the courtyard as you circulate through the building.

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Blake Street Residence

The Blake Street Residence investigates a typology of coastal architecture which responded primarily to the ruggedness of its Australian landscape setting. A massive Maffra stone podium made with rudimentary construction creates a solid connection to the ground. In contrast, the upper level in timber cladding is a lighter counterpart. Internally, the high ceilings follow the sloping roofline over a variety of multifunctional spaces with verdant outlooks.

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Seacombe Grove Residence

The property at Seacombe Grove was positioned with a continuous green space surrounding the building rather than just a front or back garden. Surrounded on all sides with fencing, the interior spaces use floor to ceiling glazing to create picturesque planted views, bringing the outdoors in. The exposure to the exterior influenced that the layout of the interior spaces in two zones to best use the natural elements: day/summer zone and night/winter zone. Casual living areas integrated with the pool, summer areas, face north and west to take advantage of the daytime sun.

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Canterbury Road Apartments

Canterbury Road is a four story building consisting of separate apartments designed for two brothers. The clients responded to the proportions and formality of a classical colonnade. This was incorporated into the polished rendered structure that is used to create rationale for the stepping of the building that was required to meet sightline regulations. A clean-lined aesthetic is carried into the interior with white walls and thin steel details. Each apartment contains a high level of privacy that facilitates multi residential living.

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Norman Avenue Residence

Norman Avenue is an extensive rebuild and extension to a double-fronted Victorian terrace house in South Yarra. The renovated rear extension is accessed via a glazed link over a garden and water feature. The extension is a large chef’s kitchen, informal living room and dining room with additional bedroom accommodation upstairs.

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Edwards Residence

The design for the Edwards Residence is a conversion of two 1920’s apartments into a single family residence and centred around a large internal staircase. The building is a collection of crafted details and materiality referencing multiple styles of architecture to blur the distinction of time. A textured Irish stucco, arched entry door and timber covering unify the exterior. The light-hearted interiors are painted a pale blue with oiled solid oak floors and flower cornices that are a nod to the decorative style of the original building.

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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.

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Fawkner Street Residence

Fawkner Street Residence is a renovation and extension to a double-fronted single level terrace residence in South Yarra. Removing elements of a 1980’s renovation, the building is brought back to its shell and the original house was finished with B.E Architecture’s own interpretation of period detailing. The main focus is around the large kitchen extension into the new garden. The unused laneway was converted into a Japanese onsen with a circular stillwater bath and steamroom.

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Cristopoulous Residence

The Cristopoulous residence, created for a leading Melbourne restaurateur, was the complete renovation of an interesting period home situated high on a hill in South Yarra. The client wanted to incorporate many architectural salvage pieces he had collected from overseas while making a very strong architectural intervention with the existing structure.

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B.E Architecture Workplace

After 10 years of working in Melbourne’s CBD, the B.E Architecture Workplace is a renovation to an existing office space in Prahran. The layout is updated to open plan workstations as well as a conference room and tea room that doubles as a second conference room when needed. The traditional suspended ceilings are removed to expose the concrete structure above. The resulting high ceilings and large walls allow the B.E Architecture art collection to be displayed including works by Brook Andrew, David Noonan, Mike Parr, Hany Armanious, Bill Henson and Chuck Close.

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Darling Street [Ipolitti] Residence

The renovation on Darling Street in South Yarra was for the Ippoliti / Burmeister family. The emphasis on the period fabric of the house was the main focus of the client. The imposing terrace on Darling Street was fully modernized, recreating the original period detailing in key areas while creating new dynamic adjoining areas including a pool and entertaining pergola at the rear.

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Osbourne Street Residence

A simple extension to a post-war building in Prahran, the Osbourne Street Residence is a very modern church-like timber structure abutting the original house. The blunt Dutch gable form, often used by B.E Architecture, is more reminiscent of European influences than the open gable forms that make up the area. The white timber follows the line of the gable into the interior lining along the pitched ceilings.

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Park Place Residence

Park Place is one of a row of substantial Victorian terrace houses facing onto Fawkner Park. The houses layout is simplified through the renovation with a modern extension added to the Victorian structure. Hand polished white concrete floors are used inside and outside with oversized commercial glazing systems. Key doorways create site lines to the park from the rear extension.

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Crown Street Residence

Crown Street Residence is a renovation and extension to a two story terrace in Surry Hills, Sydney. The entry to the house takes advantage of the buildings high positioning above the street to create a meandering path for the entry sequence, playing with different levels and walling as visitor moves across and up the site to reach the front door. The original structure was substantially rebuilt to suit it modern function.

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Walsh Street [Mackay] Residence

Walsh Street [Mackay] Residence was a large 1920’s style house overlooking views to the water, built of solid brick with the grandeur of the time. Mitigating a series of prior renovations, the design for the addition restored the sense of the original building while being mostly modern and new. Surrounding the house is a series of landscaped terraces to navigate through the steeply falling slope down to the tennis court.

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Anderson Street Residence

Loving the age and patina of the Georgian building in South Melbourne, the client for Anderson Street Residence wanted a response that was conscious of the treading lightly through the renovation. Years of paint were stripped off the building and interior elements, such as the fire place and stair rail, in a careful fashion that made sure that the passage of time was evident throughout the building. A new curved entrance and gate was added in keeping with the style of the older looking house. Original hand painted wallcoverings were selected in keeping with what would have been there before.

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The Eyrie Residence

A renovation and extension to a 1950’s house owned a couple of Australian and Japanese descent, The Eyrie Residence was designed to marry the clients’ enjoyment of the character of the original building with their love of Japanese culture. The design response was a clean, black timber addition at the back of the house with a few black timber details at the front entry as well. Their heritage was represented in the communal family bath house and Tatami rooms, fitted to exact Japanese specifications. Thin tiles were created by cutting down typical tiles and applied with a banding technique like a traditional onsen.

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57 Tivoli Road Residence

The house at 57 Tivoli Road, formally one of a series of attached row houses of disparate housing styles, forms a modern bookend to the procession of houses. The narrow, sloping, corner site presented the opportunity to build across the full width of the block through one singular architectural from. The exterior is clad in a custom engineered pattern of locally sourced bluestone; the interior in timber, a material favoured by the clients. The panelling includes an angular timber feature stair and bunk rooms for the client’s grandchildren, fashioned to reference train carriages.

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Judd Residence

The Judd Residence is a house overlooking a lake designed for local identity in Yarrawonga. The brick and insitu concrete construction appeal to the client’s attraction to European-style buildings and the sense of permanence that is imbued in them. The zinc-clad gable roof and deep set window reveals follow the traditions of an older style of architecture. A slow growing garden is implemented to slowly develop over time.

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Government Road Residence

On the top of a rise overlooking 200 acres of land, the Government Road Residence is a four room house with a timber deck that wraps around below a large butterfly-like roof. A concrete and stone upstand, wide enough to sit on, surrounds the house giving it a feeling of protection and privacy. The radial cut yellow stringy bark cladding is a simple, honest material for a house in the country.

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Whitehall Road Residence

The country home in Mornington Peninsula is positioned on a steeply sloping sight that overlooks the surrounding farms to the ocean beyond. Rather than immediate access to views, there is a 5 m high rough stone wall cutting across the block as a barrier, giving little away on first impression. Once within the house, a composed delivery of views gradually reveals the vast landscape opening onto an isolated pool area. The house consists of three separate structures providing private zones to accommodate visitors. These are connected by glazed links and walkways covered in rough sawn cypress timber forming outdoor gathering spaces.

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Tivoli Place Apartments

The Tivoli Place Apartments are designed behind an existing period home in South Yarra. Built over an underground car park, the building was designed around an exposed black steel portal frame. The steel supports expansive balconies for each apartment. The privacy screens beyond window planter boxes allow floor to ceiling windows in the densely built up residential area.

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Wilson Street Workplace

As the headquarters for a Singaporean shipping company, Wilson Street was designed to make best use of the narrow 5.5 metre wide site on an industrial street. The building façade is made from operable glass windows and an exoskeleton of Guinness-coloured concrete columns extending above the top level creating a glass covered rooftop garden. Floor plates are set back from the façade bringing in light and giving views up through all levels of the building. Staff and visitors are drawn up to the first level where office spaces are positioned above the street for an undisturbed working environment.

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Balnarring Road Residence

The Balnarring Road Residence was designed for a couple who moved from the city to the country to create a large olive plantation in a rural area. With passage through the olive orchard, the house is a large masonry building wrapped around a giant reflecting pond. Giving little away at first glance the house is a sequenced experience, entering through a high, textured masonry wall, walking past the reflecting pond and arriving into the living spaces where the house opens up to surrounding views. The simple, robust materiality of polished concrete floors and rendered brick is well suited to the rural location.

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Whitaker Residence

Designed like the original stilt houses that typified Anglesea in the 1950’s, the Whitaker Residence is a timber beach house. The open sided building is located on the side of a hill so that the upstairs living spaces are passively cooled by the breezes at the higher elevation. Set in the gumtrees and beach flora, the weathered timber slats and muted paint colours sit quietly in the surrounding. The hard-wearing materials make the space easy to maintain through many beach visits.

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Dover Heights Residence

Dover Heights Residence is B.E Architecture’s first project in Sydney. Originally a single-story masonry building set on a steep road overlooking the ocean, the addition extends the narrow building to an additional level. In keeping with the style of 1930’s architecture in Sydney, it feels as though it always existed there. The finished natural concrete and render, are used to patina and become more textured over the years.

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Coventry Street Workplace

Coventry Street is a mixed use building in South Melbourne that required a foyer to unify the different tenancies and give a more corporate branding to the building. The materials – timber, travertine, exposed concrete and black steel – were selected to give the building a feeling of time. The hard materials will gradually develop a natural patina to tell the story of the building and have relevance across time.

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Richardson Street Residence

The clients for Richardson Street Residence wanted to adapt their existing small period terrace house in Albert Park to accommodate a growing family without wanting to move location or neighbourhood. The house was extended to include an additional level. A ceiling following the roofline creates unique spaces that open up the house to ample lighting. With careful use of space and an unexpected sense of playfulness, the house is small with a large sense of personality using exaggerated scale with colours and patterns.

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Hanby Street Residences

Two houses above a shared basement, the Hanby Street Residences were developed by two clients to have separate homes that would be located close together on a single block. One larger house at the front and a smaller one at the rear, the design focused on creating houses that feel open from within yet private to the neighbouring house as well as the street.

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Meakins Road Residence

Set on 100 acres in coastal Victoria, this site was bare of vegetation except for a 100-year-old row of Cypress trees. The design was based around a series of sunken walled courtyards to create immediately useable outdoor areas in the windswept environment. The extensive steel and timber exo-skeleton were designed in response to the traditional wrap-around veranda of the local farmhouses. The massive steel and timber portal frames capture and frame the rural pastoral views from within the building. The sleeping area with a library is separated from the main structure via man made waterscape between the buildings accessed by a suspended glazed walkway.

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Ross Street Residence

Designed for a Singaporean couple who wanted their home to reflect their heritage, Ross Street is based on a traditional style courtyard house. The front and back are intentionally austere and celebrate privacy created by the inward-facing design. Under a canopy of maple trees, the entrance is on the side of the building bringing visitors directly to the heart of the house. An open plan positions the living spaces around a central courtyard with a single Mount Fugi Cherry Tree, so that every space has outlooks and sightlines through the house. Natural render and unified use of concrete floors internally and externally provide an enduring materiality that gets better with the passage of time.

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Earl Street Residence

Located on the southern side of the street, the design flips the standard orientation so that the front of the house has a private external space more like a typical back yard. The entry of the house is shifted to the centre down the adjacent laneway keeping the front access private. Behind a high privacy fence, the front of the house is able to be opened up to make best use of the north facing aspect.

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Hawksburn Close Residence

On a block of land totalling 80sqm located off a laneway, a house is built where there once was a series of back yards. Made with proportions more like a dwelling in Japan, the building is a series of rooms where it is essential that space is optimised. Like many buildings by B.E Architecture, the spaces feel large in comparison to the overall building footprint. The narrow double story building uses concrete for the exterior and as a finished surface in the interiors.

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Hawksburn Road Residence

With only one small window on the front façade, the architecture for Hawksburn Road Residence is an exploration of the notion of a sequenced arrival. The passageway into the house is sunken into the ground with a large bookshelf acting as a display gallery and reading nook in the sun. Open sightlines create a journey through the house including several purpose-built elements that respond to its use specific to the clients. There is a long suspended pond with plants and fish and custom-made saddle storage under the stair.

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Chomley Street Residence

Built off a suburban laneway in Prahran, the small masonry home is built into the ground to minimise impact on neighbouring gardens and nearby lemon-scented gum tree creating a distinct perspective from the building. The contemplative approach, passing the building and descending into the house to look out onto the lawn at eye level is an unexpected feature that makes you stop and consider the building. A quiet, yet strong response to the site, the design uses a perceived constraint as a special feature whilst maintaining high ceilings and meeting overlooking requirements.

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Wellington Street Apartments

Wellington Street is an apartment complex designed for Frank Pty.  Set in an infill site on a commercial strip in St. Kilda, the multi use development on Wellington Street is built as a live/work model from another era. The site consists of four working studios on the ground level with independent three storey dwellings above. A light well brings daylight into the centre of the development and the use of glass bricks provides filtered light for the inward facing units. The façade is setback from the street providing a private planted garden protected by a high fence. Along the front, the latin phrase “vertus per simplicitus”, meaning “virtue through simplicity”, is cast into the concrete to give the building an individual identity.

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Nelson Street Apartments

Nelson Street Apartments is a development of two, four-story apartments situated between two larger office buildings. The palette is refined to simplicity expressing oversized structural elements similar to contemporary architecture in Europe and Japan at the time. The compound-like building has an extensive wall garden on the first level to mitigate the proximity to the busy road and to bring the focus towards city views on higher levels.

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Men's Mode Retail

During the rise in popularity of shopping centres over strip shopping in Melbourne, Men’s Mode was a contemporary design for a menswear chain appealing to a younger market. The design references the fashion retail shop from New York in the 1950’s. The nostalgia towards the 1950’s motifs and the optimism of their futuristic aesthetic from that era is envisioned in a modern context.

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275 Canterbury Road Residence

Designed within the immediate period of the other residences on Canterbury Road as a series of new infill housing on the side of the light rail, 275 was a compact house where space was at a premium. Budget was a major factor in the project therefore the façade was made from a cost effective concrete block, often seen in 1960’s buildings. Using an uneven split-face, the block was carefully laid on its end with thin header courses every two rows making more an appearance of stone than a common inexpensive building material.

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266 Canterbury Road Residence

The Alfredson residence was designed for a couple downsizing from a larger family home to an inner city. The house was designed on land size of 105M2. The masonry structure was clad in render and stucco. The building’s facade was divided up into a series of slabs and planes giving the building a very ordered grid. The ground floor consists of a compact kitchen and a large living area looking onto a walled courtyard and water feature. The palette was oak and rough sawn bluestone. Apart from paving for city streets blue stone was generally unheard of as a feature material at that time.

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Canterbury Road Residences

The building is designed to create four connected dwellings, each given distinct identities to function as separate houses. Two residences are made from wide solid planks of cedar that were milled for the job, specialist cedar windows and bluestone blocks. One is a clean modern residence set off from the street. The corner lot is a bookend for the neighbouring town houses. The structure is oversized timber with a compressed cement sheet cladding. A top layer of ‘Irish stucco’ which was applied within a grid of small S channels that were later corked creating the effect of massive stone tiles punctuated by handmade cedar windows with the same profile as its neighbours. The use of artisan finishes like stucco reflects B.E’s interest in older techniques and natural materials. Similar external detailing can be seen in the immediate surrounding federation period homes.

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Fitzroy Street Apartment

Located in an art deco apartment in St. Kilda, the Fitzroy Street Apartment was a conversion of an office suite into a residential apartment. The loft-like spaces were intersected with a series of oversized suspended screens made from white glass and timber to create separation. Built-in crafted detailing such as the small footstool to get over the high bath are referential of modernist architecture by Pierre Chareau.

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Carmines Restaurant

After working together on Iguana Bar, the owners returned to B.E Architecture to develop a new fine dining experience for Carmines Restaurant on Chapel Street across from a favourite movie venue. With the feeling of an old European style dining room, it had a finely crafted timber bar and arrow head parquet flooring. Continuing the home-like feeling, the walls are lined with a collection of art nudes curated by B.E Architecture including various artists and mediums.

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Leicester Street Residence

Leicester Street is a two unit site for designed for Frank Pty. utilizing an existing factory in the inner city suburb of Fitzroy in 1997. Both town houses are totally private, set back within the existing two storey brick walls of the factory to capitalize on the north facing aspect of the site. Each facade is a simple glazed steel cruciform structure in front of a two story void capitalizing on the northern orientation.

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Iguana Bar Chapel Street

Iguana Bar was one of the first in a string of restaurants to emerge on Chapel Street in the early 1990’s. Designed to cater to a generation that was trading the nightclub scene for the social experience of fine dining. Both its tapas menu and the soaring timber clad ceilings were new to Melbourne. The space was casual and theatrical centered around a long bar with dark textured walls.

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