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External window treatments – Form and Function

  Traditionally (back in the medieval period) shutters were hinged solid timber panels fixed externally to protect the occupants from the elements (rain, wind and sun). In the Arabic countries the use of timber latticework which formed part of their ‘mashrabiya’ acted as [...]

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Creating interest with Skylights

Even if a house has sufficient natural light, installing skylights or highlight windows give a soft, interesting light generally in the back areas of a room and can assist with cross-ventilation. Skylights often look less intrusive when the ceiling helps sculpt the space around [...]

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Designing for temperature

Up until a decade ago designing and building a house with no air-conditioning in Sydney was considered quite normal. Our planning relied heavily on cross-ventilation, good orientation, shading and insulation. These factors are still integral to a design but more and more our clients [...]

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Classic interiors last forever

This month we are covering a few of our projects that we believe support the title of this blog – that classic interiors last forever. For us, a classic interior is in harmony with the external architecture of the building, allows as much natural light [...]

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Heritage architecture reinvented in modern design

In this feature we focus on our Woollahra houses where we integrated a Victorian cottage in a modern house setting. Architectural journalist Stephen Crafti interviewed us about the design and below is his engaging recount: The Grove in Woollahra, Sydney is one of the suburb’s [...]

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Pools we have designed into our houses over the years

It’s summer so we are obliged to do at least one post on pools we have designed into our houses over the years. Their settings range from an intimate garden to a waterfront resort. For each we took into consideration the best orientation, access and [...]

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Maximizing the Indoor – Outdoor space

Bellevue Hill house – view from garden through to the family room Our focus this month is on houses with a strong connection to the outdoors. We’ve picked two houses – our Bellevue Hill house, and our Block House, Pearl beach that have been purposely [...]

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Entrances for Steep Slope Properties

The entry pavilion at our Coolong Rd, Vaucluse House Sydney is surrounded by properties on steep sites, which can cause problems with access. A common scenario is having an external staircase that weaves down to the ground floor level that accommodates the living areas. We [...]

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A Tribute to the Internal Courtyard

The internal courtyard has been used in architecture for centuries. From the Roman ‘atriums’ and the Islamic ‘sahns’, to our modern day courtyard – they are a place of privacy and security and are built to assist with climate control. Courtyards have historically been used [...]

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The Many Benefits of Fireplaces

Warm up to getting a fireplace... People have gathered around fire for thousands of years. Sometimes finding yourself around a fireplace is purely for warmth while in others, it is for social reasons. . Whether it is alone or with family and friends, spending time [...]

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5 Decades of Architecture

We are delving into our archives and focusing on the last 5 decades of Porebski Architects' work. A selection of work from the 1960s to now (the Ryan House, Bondi Junction apartments, Castlecrag House, Vaucluse House and more) is being featured on our facebook page.... [...]

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Best of Houzz 2016

Porebski Architects has won 'Best of Design' on Best of Houzz 2016. Visit us on Houzz for more info. About Houzz Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish [...]

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To a Happy New Year

We're coming to the end of a great year. During 2015 we saw the completion of two houses and two other houses nearing completion. We also saw work for our first childcare centre and aged care housing commence.  The year started with our Tamarama [...]

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Tamarama House

Our Tamarama house, with interiors by Decus is featured in this summer's edition of Belle Magazine.

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Le Corbusier Tapestry

We are happy to see that the Le Corbusier tapestry, previously hanging at the Woollahra House, has found a new home in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is one of the recent additions donated to the University Art Gallery. The original tapestry was designed [...]