australian designers


A Pavilion Between Trees in Victoria

Titled ‘A Pavilion Between Trees’, the addition to an existing home was designed by Australian practice Branch Studio Architects for a client with a need for a new master en-suite. the home, a 90’s built design executed by the clients themselves, exemplifies a markedly different architectural style that was not pursued with the new addition. Instead, the site and its many spaced out trees served as a starting point to create a semi-detached building that interacts with its environment, not only sparing any existing tree but allowing each one to become a point of interest and serve a function with the suite.  

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T is for the Tree Kangaroo! 🐨

Specifically, the golden-mantled tree kangaroo, which was discovered in 2005.  This tree kangaroo is critically endangered, due to overhunting and habitat loss. Since 2006, local communities in its native range of New Guinea have come together to protect the remaining populations from hunting. Currently there are only 500 golden-mantled tree kangaroos left in the wild.

Bronte Baths - Sydney, Australia

Bronte Baths is a 30 metre man-made ocean pool, to the south of Bronte Beach. Located on kilometre from the Famous Bondi Beach, Bronte is known for its great surf, recommended for confident surfers only. 

Entry to the pool is free, and the grassy park behind the pool is great for an after swim barbecue or picnic. 


Geraldine Cleary’s home in Brisbane

Known as the “D House”, it was designed by Brisbane-based firm Donovan Hill Architects and won the 2001 Robin Boyd Award, Australia’s most prestigious residential architecture prize. One of its remarkable aspects is the continuity between the interior and exterior thanks to the use of the same floor level and few of the same materials, as well as placing skylights above several indoor spaces.

Name: Yara-Ma-Yha-Who
Area of Origin: Australia

The Yara-Ma-Yha-Who is a legendary Australian Aboriginal creature, and a variation of the common vampire. The creature is described as appearing like a red-skinned little man with an oversized head, possessing a large mouth with no teeth. Adorning its hands and feet are suckers like that of an octopus. The little monster does not hunt, but rather waits in fig trees until unsuspecting travelers rest under its canopy in the shade. The Yara-Ma-Yha-Who then jumps down from its tree and drains the victim’s blood with its suckers, weakening their prey. It then consumes the person whole, and after consuming water and taking a nap, regurgitates the person, leaving him/her shorter than before and with a red tint to their skin.  If the same passerby happens to fall victim to more than one of these creatures, eventually he/she may turn into one of them themselves. Unlike traditional vampires, the Yara-Ma-Yha-Who only “hunts” during the day, and supposedly one can survive an encounter by “playing dead” until sunset, as it only feeds on what it perceives to be living.