Residential architecture should not be about the architect’s ego; good architecture occurs after careful reflection of a client’s lifestyle, daily rituals, personal tastes, and desires.
Tectvs partner with clients to make their dreams come true. Our experience, approach to sustainable, creative and innovative design, as well as our ability to reflect a client’s personality and style within a design, satisfies our clients’ needs to live in highly-prized, beautiful, functional and well-designed homes.
During our 30 years of practice, we have partnered with countless clients to design multiple award-winning homes.
Norwood House, Norwood
This home offers its family, a private and secure oasis in the heart of busy inner-city, Norwood. Rooms are large and airy, and windows are orientated to capture as much light as possible and create natural air movement throughout the home. No expense has been spared to make this a home, the interior design is luxe and so very clique.
Fisher Street, Norwood
The Fisher Street site in Norwood is located in a Heritage Conservation Zone, where its former single dwelling was to make way for three townhouses without negatively impacting on the character of the site or its environs. In the design, the front of each connected north-facing townhouse was single-storey in a contemporary take on the row-cottage profile typical of older Norwood.
Three Little Pigs, North Adelaide
Located in the leafy, inner-city, heritage suburb of North Adelaide, the ‘Three Little Pigs’ house stands proudly apart from its heritage neighbours. The steel frame designed to embrace the front façade of the home will, over time, be overgrown by climbing plants, creating a green wall softening the modernity of the architecture.
Yin and Yang House, Rosslyn Park
For the clients, this would be their home away from home; balancing Cantonese cultural tastes with Australian sun, space, and sky. Forget plans, it all began with a drawing by a child. ‘For Tony’ it read, with pictures of a pool, a dog and a kitchen bench sketched across a delicately crinkled A4 piece of paper. The end result was a stylish, luxurious home.
Johnson House, Medindie
A Victorian manor house lives on in the beautiful suburb of Medindie. Tectvs was asked to design a solution that brought every day into the new millennium without diminishing an enduring symbol of the past. A beautiful stately old manor home now has a new lease on life.
Cairns Street Townhouses, Adelaide
A townhouse development proposed for a small street off the inner-Adelaide boulevard of Hutt Street presented a typical challenge: the multiple constraints of the streetscape, heritage, planning requirements, and developer-driven budget restrictions. Tectvs designed a contextually familiar yet contemporary presence to the street, which opened up to a two-storey rear. Cairns Street townhouses are an example of city living done right.
Morgan Shack, Murray River
Four thousand square metres of eucalypt-studded land fronting the River Murray demanded a house-shaped by its quintessentially Australian location. Stretching almost 40m along the riverfront, Morgan Shack presents as a viewing platform of two equal-sized wings separated by a central entrance.
Grant House, Hope Valley
Tectvs approached the Old Tolley’s Winery refurbishment with the idea of creating new-millennium spaces within older-world structures and materials, connected by detailing which was relevant and comfortable in both contexts.
Dawson House, Adelaide Hills
Two very busy people with two very active children were very attached to their cottage in the Adelaide Hills. However, the cottage was in dire need of attention to upgrading it into a modern retreat for work and play. Tectvs envisaged a simple addition to the original cottage to open up views out over the garden and Onkaparinga River.
Dowe House, Millswood
A century of additions had done little for the amenity and functional performance of this Victorian-era home. The Tectvs solution was to open up the dark working areas at the rear of the building to re-orientate the house by making the kitchen the focal point of a family-friendly open zone. It designed a substantial galvanised steel and glass box to house a contemporary kitchen, family and entertainment area, opening on to a large deck for outdoor living and entertaining that also functioned to connect the addition to the existing garden and pool.
The Grange, Malvern, VIC
A rear extension to an existing home in the inner Melbourne suburb of Malvern, The Grange provided a productive and responsive solution to a slice of residential suburbia. The brief was simple: more space, more amenities, minimise operational costs, mask the extension from the street.