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Spring buds on 38-year-old grape vine

Typically in a new house, the landscaping is also new and takes more than a couple of years to establish. On a recent period restoration, we were faced with needing to use more established plants to contribute to the feeling of age through the project. Fortuitously, B.E Architecture’s design Director Broderick Ely noticed a mature ornamental grape vine in a suburban back yard while driving through Vermont. Standing taller than Brod, the vine was craned into the central courtyard of the inner city property. A custom stone planter was designed by B.E Architecture and crafted from a steel frame and shards of stone and covered in moss. The branches run the entire length of the terrace along the fence and are supported by custom hand-forged wrought iron brackets. The vine is now budding in its first Spring, as if it has always been there.

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Join our team

Are you excited by working through how unusual designs are created? Do you enjoy a face-paced work environment and always learning new things? Do you have appreciation for fine detailing? Would you like to join a team of like-minded individuals? B.E Architecture is now recruiting qualified architects. If this sounds like you or someone you know, see the complete job listing.

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House and Garden – Top 50 Rooms

Directors Broderick Ely and Andrew Piva recently joined a group esteemed designers at the Stokehouse for an event hosted by House and Garden Magazine to announce their 2017 list of “Top 50 Rooms”. B.E Architecture is honoured to be included in this year’s lineup which is published in the special edition of the House and Garden. In addition to the publication, B.E’s project is one of the finalists for the “Best use of Materials’ and “Best Kitchen”.

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Poured Concrete Entertaining Dining Table

The outdoor dining room at the Hopetoun Road Residence was expressly made for the purpose of accommodating a large group of people without impacting the flow of the interior of the house. The steel framed windows which enclose this area slide open to create a truly “outdoor” dining experience. The choice of concrete for the central dining table was borne from its proximity to the outside and the need for a robust material. The curved edge detail on the top and legs mitigates the potential ‘heaviness’ of the form, which at four metres in length is substantial. Once we arrived at suitable profiles for the top and legs, the fabrication needed to be worked out.

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Myriorama Series by Tony Clark

Segments of the Myriorama series, a repetition of adjacent landscape paintings, by artist Tony Clark often appear in B.E Architecture’s projects. Tony Clark is a contemporary artist from one of the most interesting periods of Australian art in the 1980’s. While the works are a conversation about art history, they are very approachable and instantly enjoyable. For these reasons, they make a great foundation piece for any collection.

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Houses Magazine, Issue 118

Fresh off the press! We’ve just got our copy of Issue 118 of Houses Magazine which includes a feature story on our project – the Armadale Residence.

See the full article in our Media Index.

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The Armadale Residence on the cover of Domain

Its surreal to grab a Saturday coffee and see one of your projects on the cover of the weekend Domain. We are feeling so grateful to the team at Domain Melbourne for selecting an image from the Japanese garden at the Armadale Residence for a recent issue of the publication!!

See the full article in our Media Index.

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Construction updates at the Studley Avenue Residence

The limestone blocks have recently arrived to the construction site and are stacked waiting to be cleaned so they can be laid on the exterior wall of the structure. An initial sample of the pattern has been completed by the builder for the clients to see before it goes up around the entire building. The façade is cut through by a glazed opening around the corner of the upper level. The cut out is lined with an off form in-situ white concrete band that will wrap around the bottom, sides and top of the window. The first piece portion of the concrete can now be seen on the site.

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Design for Alma Road Residence

We’ve been working up designs for a new project – the Alma Road Residence in Armadale. Working with the clients, we have developed a building that is a quiet, simple form that separates two gardens. At the cross point of the main volumes, a gentle curve in the façade creates a continuous juncture. The skin of the building is made up of vertically laid white clay bricks, supplied from Spain, with matching flush struck mortar.

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Construction breaks ground on Mermaid Beach

Site works have begun for our project on Mermaid Beach in Queensland. A sea wall is currently being constructed to shelter the beachfront site from weather and storm surge. Due to the sensitive nature of building on the coastline, the house design and construction have been carefully done to protect the foreshore. When complete, the new residence will be a two level family home constructed from textured concrete.

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