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ARCHITECT NIC OWEN is something of an expert at squeezing the very best out of small and tight inner city blocks. Indeed the “Tardis qualities” of his latest design, quips Owen, “would impress Dr Who fans”.

Created for a young family, his latest two-storey renovation in inner city Melbourne has managed to pack four bedrooms, a study and two bathrooms on a 140 sq metre site – yet still respect the amenity of its neighbours and any historic concerns (“it really is a secret project,” says Owen, “with no new works evident from the street.”)

The fundamental message of the house is that a compact home can feel luxurious and ge[...]

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“Architecture is basically a container of something. I hope they will enjoy not so much the teacup, but the tea.”

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CLAUDIA CONNOLLY LOVES her peace and quiet. In fact, she jokingly refers to herself as a "half semi-recluse". Moving to the sleepy fishing village of Boreen Point on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast nine years ago, Claudia, in her seventies, was h[...]

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CLAIRE AND RICHARD Gordon first met the place that's affectionately known as Gidget, an original fifties fibro cottage, on a holiday weekend eight years ago. “We were looking to escape Sydney for a few days and decided to rent a property where [...]

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THIS IS A family home full of precious family history, only the story was interrupted for a generation. The owner’s grandparents were married right on the front lawn -- and they brought up their children, including his mother here. Then in the[...]

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WORKING AND LIVING in New York at the time, the owner bought his new property -- on the other side of the world -- sight unseen.  It would be a further year before his hectic schedule allowed him to travel to Australia and view his purchase firs[...]

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FINDING AN ELEGANT and well-priced place to stay in Paris overlooking one of its main icons is one thing. But then to discover it was home to a French filmmaking legend for nearly a decade -- and precisely during the period he wrote and di[...]

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HIDDEN BEHIND AGED sandstone walls a stone’s throw from Sydney Harbour, this historic home held instant appeal for a well-travelled family looking to put down roots in Australia. “It felt like an old pair of favourite shoes,” says Susan, w[...]

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AT COPENHAGEN'S ICONIC SAS Royal Hotel (or the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel as it's now known) room 606 has been famously preserved exactly how designer Arne Jacobsen intended it to be when it opened in July 1960. The most famous by-products of th[...]

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A COUPLE OF days ago we were invited for a sneak peek at a brand new cutting edge house designed by a top Australian architect on Sydney harbour. Unfortunately we can't show you images as yet (the home's not quite finished and it's unfurnishe[...]

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IF THERE'S AN interior that qualifies as one of the most extraordinary on the planet, then the nave of Barcelona's Sagrada Familia would figure somewhere near the very top. the generalist was fortunate enough to visit just recently and we were [...]

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THIS NEW LIGHT by  London-based design company Minimalux might be called NEON, but it isn't really a neon.  It's so called because it gives off the similarly bright glow of the familiar strip lights.

NEON comes in a range of colours -- and l[...]