Our Light Saw House represents a contemporary, design-based solution to sustainable architecture. Built upon an existing double fronted Edwardian weatherboard, our clients sought a local architectural response to a property they had owned for some time, but not lived in for 15 years whilst overseas.
Photographer of architecture, landscapes, lifestyle, food, travel and art work. Shooting since 1999, Derek Swalwell started working with Melbourne architects and designers. His work has since expanded to include international design firms, advertising agencies and many overseas titles. He enjoys working with great people and ideas.
Based upon the concepts of living in a garden and gathering under a roof, Project Nymph required the renovation and extension of a single fronted terrace house located in the Botanic Gardens precinct of inner Melbourne.
Ross house sits proudly within a characteristically diverse heritage precinct. The bold form of Ross house is flanked by two low rendered forms that enhance the presence of the neighbouring dwellings and clearly demarcate the line between public and private spaces beyond.
A home in the sky for a family of four, the Holly Penthouse combines luxury and state of the art technology with a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere. As a family home, contemporary natural materials, including stone, full-length oak flooring and timber batten ceiling, foster a sense of warmth and understated luxury.
The old and the new sections of the St Kilda West Residence have their own distinct identities which shine independently, yet provide a sense of dynamism when the house is read as a whole. Working with a client keen to explore the way shape and form can funnel light and airflow through a residential space, the project is a playful solution to the rigours of this elongated site, with unique access.
A series of cascading courts between the house and the party wall forms the basis by which this semi-detached house is organized. From the outside one is scarcely able to see these courtyards due to the screening and deep shadows. The courtyards are covered with a glass roof and timber pergola, which makes them pretty much all weather spaces.