"Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.” - Frank Gehry
Which is a little rich, Frank(ly), considering no-one can tell the difference between your Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and your Disney Concert Hall in LA. Umm... one has a river?
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (or is that the Hollywood Hills in background?)
Disney Concert Hall in LA (I think?)
But I digress. He's got a point...
And yet, go for a Sunday drive and lose yourself (quite literally) in an outer-suburban cul-de-sac. As you drive past McMansion after McMansion you'd be forgiven for thinking that all modern homes look the same.
Suburbia 'Oh god, which one's ours again?!'
In contrast, this week's homes take their cues from the local area - ensuring they have a strong sense of place. Like a shirtless man in budgy smugglers, Field Way Bach would look out of place away from the beach.
Warrandyte House needs her riverbank (she's clingy like that).
The homes are modern but they don't ignore the past. Instead, they reinterpret tradition to give them a sense of timelessness - Platypus Bend House makes you think of Queenslanders and Farmhouses.
While the inner-city Petersham Courtyard House uses materials you'll find in a Workers Cottage. These wink-wink-nudge-nudges to the past, while not overt, make homes feel timeless.
Now, I know not everyone can afford a beach house - no matter how humble. Or a custom-designed house cascading down a riverbank. Hell, I can't even afford slab of Cascade. But that's not the point. The important thing is, if you're building or renovating, consider what style and materials will make your home feel more at home in its time and place.