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Mornington Beach House by Clare Cousins Architects

Design Team: Clare Cousins, Tara Ward, Jessie Fowler
Photographer: Shannon McGrath

The brief was to provide additional accommodation to an existing 1970’s Merchant Builder’s home in Mornington, Victoria. Located on a sloping block, the existing single storey house is sited well back on the block with limited access to ocean views. Rather than demolish or renovate the existing building our approach was to keep the building in tact and design a new pavilion to sit adjacent to the original at the front of the site. The new pavillion includes a new master bedroom wing with living room and deck for outdoor dining that captures broad views of Port Philip Bay. Planning regulations permit only first floor structures that are located over car parking or storage areas which informed the elevated ‘stilt’ design. Timber construction is used holistically both internally and externally while an enclosed circulation stair clad in translucent polycarbonate connects the original to the new structure.

Moor Street Apartment

The Moor Street Apartment by Clare Cousins is the kind of environment where I would hapilily see myself doing overtime in. Located in the heart of Fitzroy, the combined office space and private residence make use of a soft palette with pale timbers and industrial fixtures to create a fresh approach.
Clean lines and a restrained colour palette let the focus shift to fine detailing and highly textured surfaces. The 6m long concrete island bench with a blackened steel framework along with the choice of industrial pendants thought out, help retain that downtown warehouse aesthetic, while whitewashing timber flooring and exposed brick walls add texture and warmth throughout.

Can I also give a special mention to the UH-MAZING large scale artwork that packs a colourful punch in the backdrop of the meeting room, commissioned by prominent local artist Rowena Martinich.

Photography by Shannon McGrath

The three bedrooms and two bathrooms are located on the lower level, the kitchen and dining on the mid-level, and the living space on the top floor. A key factor in the design of the space was flexibility and liveability so with this in mind the Cousins team designed features like a large sliding wall to separate the master bedroom from a study and library space for privacy when needed or open plan living when not.

The studio space incorporates a work space, large kitchen, staff/dining room, meeting room and waiting and display areas within 250sqm.

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We love this FLINDERS LANE APARTMENT by Clare Cousins Architects

The clients, who were expecting a baby at the time, wanted to convert the only bedroom into two small bedrooms. Plywood joinery was used to define spaces rather than build walls. The child’s bedroom was sized to just fit a single bed between walls. The adults bedroom utilises 3 colourful sliding screens which allow the room to be totally screened from the living room or opened up to allow the bed platform to be used as part of the living space.

Images and text by Clare Cousins Architects

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FLINDERS LANE APARTMENT Clare Cousins Architects

The clients, who were expecting a baby at the time, wanted to convert the only bedroom into two small bedrooms. Plywood joinery was used to define spaces rather than build walls. The child’s bedroom was sized to just fit a single bed between walls. The adults bedroom utilises 3 colourful sliding screens which allow the room to be totally screened from the living room or opened up to allow the bed platform to be used as part of the living space.

Images and text by Clare Cousins Architects

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Flinders Lane Apartment by Clare Cousins Architects

Design Team: Clare Cousins, Dita Beluli, Jessie Fowler
Photographed by Lisbeth Grosmann and Sean Fennessy

Location: Melbourne, Australia

The clients, who were expecting a baby at the time, wanted to convert the only bedroom into two small bedrooms. Plywood joinery was used to define spaces rather than build walls. The child’s bedroom was sized to just fit a single bed between walls. The adults bedroom utilises 3 colourful sliding screens which allow the room to be totally screened from the living room or opened up to allow the bed platform to be used as part of the living space.

The full-height joinery not only separates the master sleeping nook from the baby’s room, but incorporates lots of flexible inbuilt storage, accessible from both inside the bedrooms and outside. A mezzanine loft allows access to an additional storage cavity, while salmon laminate creates a tidy work station in the nook below. The bathroom is fitted with common but creatively composed tiles, and gold electroplated tapware – for a little bling! – in this otherwise understated city pad.

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Flinders Lane Apartment by Clare Cousins Architects

Location : Melbourne CBD, Victoria, Australia
Photographs : Lisbeth Grosmann

Brick House / Clare Cousins Architects

Brick House / Clare Cousins Architects

Architects: Clare Cousins Architects
Area: 303 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Shannon McGrath

Builder: Maben Group

From the architect.The Brick House is this architect’s own house, which inherently allowed a loosening of constraints and ability to test ideas about living, a core component of the practice’s work. It also permitted unique collaborations with the builder, Cousins’ husband, and…

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Picked from Stylesight’s SS15 directions, these images grabbed my attention for their graffiti overlays and bright colour clashes.

Louis Poulsen’s pendent lamps get appropriated by KML design, and the dripped colour and painted artwork of Rowena Martinich is a fantastic contrast to the polished concrete and white modernist interior of the rest of this apartment space by Clare Cousins Architects

St Kilda East House / Clare Cousins Architects

St Kilda East House / Clare Cousins Architects

Architects: Clare Cousins Architects
Location: St Kilda VIC, Australia
Project Architect: Tara Ward, Michael McManus
Area: 263 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shannon McGrath

Landscape: Fiona Brockhoff Design

From the architect.Located in St Kilda East, this double fronted Victorian house offered ample space for a young family; however, brick lean-tos at the rear prevented an outlook to the…

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