Several townhouse projects are currently underway!
Layouts vary from one at the front with one at the rear, side by side, or multiple combinations of both. With clever design solutions exciting results are possible.
Steps Ahead (published in The Australian Financial Review on the 27 February 2016) references two of our staircases.
The stairs pictured here bridge between an existing ground level and new first floor extension. They create a striking focal point rising to capture and maximise panoramic elevated bay views. Spaces are not designed to be experienced from static locations with the organic shape of the staircase varying from differing viewpoints.
The staircase is formed by a continuously welded steel structure craned into location. The steel is wrapped in cost effective plaster and carpet materials, however the result is stunning. The unique shape of the staircase also maintains head height under the glazed roof above that is angled to satisfy boundary setback requirements.
Up close and personable (published in The Australian Financial Review on the 28 August 2015), discusses the demand for high quality townhouse living with references to our new Life by Saaj development.
This project has been a fantastic success and is now sold out with construction commencing soon.
Saaj Design has had a busy year. Recent publications include:
- A Saaj Design house was featured as a case study in Inside outside living goes with the flow published in the The Age on the 24 January 2015.
‘‘We were keen to make a commentary not just on the adjoining architecture but the cliffs by the bay, the rusty cylindrical shapes of the Cerberus floating in the sea by incorporating these elements into the design of the house,’’ says Saaj’s Andrew Bartholomeusz. ‘‘We could connect from the inside to the outside without having obvious window walls.’’
- Our home neighbourhood of Sandringham was highlighted in The Age Domain on 17 October 2015, including insights from director Andrew Bartholomeusz.
Director Sally Anderson also provided comment for the following articles:
- Bold is better (The Australian Financial Review, 15 May 2015).
‘‘A light fitting is no longer a light fitting, like a source of light,’’ argues industrial designer Sally Anderson, who majored in furniture lighting. ‘‘We’re looking at the material it’s made from and how it can play with the interior of the home. Lighting can add theatrics and atmosphere to the home and individualise it,’’ she says.
- When curvy is beautiful (The Age, 4 September 2014).
“There’s a sense of flow from one space to another . . . a subtle guidance, without realising your eye is being drawn by a curve to a view or a space within the house,” says Saaj’s Sally Anderson. “There’s something comforting and soothing about curves, they’re like a cocoon.”
- An island inside (The Australian Financial Review, 2 February 2014).
For industrial designer Sally Anderson, the island bench must have “some relationship, some conversation” with the broader architectural goings-on. And while she bases her designs, all wildly different, on detailed discussions with clients and their needs, there’s a common thread that runs through all. “It’s always more than just a kitchen bench,” Anderson says. “[It’s] like a piece of furniture.”
- The top shelf (The Australian Financial Review, 30 March 2014).
“We treat bookcases like a special object… that add to the feel of the house,” says Saaj designer Sally Anderson. “A wall of books can add so much warmth but as an object that’s sparsely filled or jam-packed, you get a different feel.”
- Dare to be different (The Australian Financial Review, 4 October 2013).
“People love the idea of having something unique, original and special for themselves,” says industrial designer Sally Anderson, who collaborates with her architect brother, Andrew Bartholomeusz, to create exquisite fixtures for the home. “When you place a bespoke object within a home, you can be very specific to that person’s needs… (and) expectations.” A fireplace carved into a recycled sheoak timber “log” with suspended “floating” granite hearth and custom-built she-oak sideboard that the pair designed took about a month for an artisan furniture maker and joiner to construct and fit. But key to the process is preparation. The fireplace evolved from months of discussions with the client and drawings. “Everyone’s likes, dislikes, hobbies and passions are different and you have to get to know what’s unique about the client,” says Anderson. “That is often how something (bespoke) will evolve.”
A house designed by Saaj Design in Hoyt Street, Hampton was recently made available for sale. A taste of the tropics on page 23 of the Weekly Review (September 16, 2015) gives a sneak peak into this 2002 home.
Congratulations to Brynor Constructions for winning the HIA Eastern Victorian Housing Awards Home of the Year. This home was designed by Saaj Design and also won the best Custom Built Home, New Bathroom and New Kitchen categories.
Forming a new direction for the office, Saaj Design have gained a planning permit for 9 triple storey townhouses over a basement carpark. This project provides the office with exciting opportunities to employ its bespoke detailing, developed over a 16 year period, to multi residential programs.
Stay tuned for more.
RECENT BOOK PUBLICATIONS
Four designs by Saaj Design are included in the new book Furniture by Architects. One of these designs, the 10,000 Years dining table is shown on the left. The legs and table top flow as one continuous plane of timber.
Keep an eye out for the upcoming book Green Walls Green Roofs which will include a project by Saaj Design. The book is due to be published on the 20 June 2014.
Directors Andrew and Sally have also been mentioned in recent Financial Review articles including Furniture with an architect's touch, Bookcase and shelf design; An island inside and Design the dares to be different.
After the success in the recent Dulux colour awards, our project "Reaching for the Sky" was featured in the Domain article Setting the Stage in last weekend's The Age (3 May 2014).
Dulux Colour Awards
Saaj Design has won the Single Residential Exterior category of the 2014 Dulux Colour Awards with our project "Reach for the Sky". Another of our projects, "Floating on a Hill" was one of four finalists.
Australia's Best Houses
The "Floating on a Hill" project also recently featured on 7TWO in an episode of Australia's Best Houses. The episode aired on Wednesday 26 March and includes an interview with director Andrew Bartholomeusz.
You can view the episode online here.
Australia's Best Houses is a television series by Abode TV that showcases some of the most exciting and visually stunning house projects in Australia.
In the 2013 Bayside Built Environment Awards held in October, Saaj Design was a finalist and recieved a high commendation in the Residential Renovation/Extension category.
Family Life Open Garden Day
Saaj Design sponsored the recent open garden day held by Family Life (www.familylife.com.au). The day showcased six beautiful gardens in Beaumaris. Funds raised on the day help Family Life continue its work with families, children and youth, in particular those in our community who are at-risk vunerable and most in need.
One of the open gardens was a property with a house designed by Saaj Design. The house was designed to wrap around a north facing garden and pool, with care taken to retain and highlight the three existing banksia trees at the front of the property.
A custom fireplace, designed by Saaj Design and featuring a bioethanol burner has been featured by Ecosmart Fire in their Look Book and Fire Design Solutions publications.
The case study can also be viewed at www.ecosmartfire.com/portfolio/Case-Studies/SAAJ-Design-1343880015
Home Design Magazine
The article Two Become One in Home Design Vol. 16 No. 3 features one of our rural homes on the Mornington Peninsula.
Complete Home Website
Completehome.com.au have showcased one of our designs, described as an Aladdin’s cave of homes, in their article REAL HOME: Glamorous facade meets modern interior.
Completehome.com.au is the home and garden flagship website for Universal Magazines.
Red Hill House
Construction is nearing completion on a new house at Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula. This image shows a sneak peak of the bath space which sits within the main bedroom retreat.
Another Saaj Design project has been showcased in the recent issue (number 2.2) of the Grand Designs Australia magazine.
Flower and Garden Show
Congratulations to Mark Browning & Cycas for their gold medal installation at this year's Flower and Garden show. Mark continues his great work and we are thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with him on several of our projects for the last 10 years. We are particularly looking forward to the landscape design being realized at one of our current projects nearing completion in Red Hill.
Saaj Design projects have recently been featured in Bathrooms - The Ultimate Bathroom Renovation Guide from the team at Home Beautiful and Home Design Vol 16 No. 2. Grab your copy in newsagents now.
Offspring TV Show
Some of Saaj Design's scale building models will feature as props in upcoming episodes of Channel 10’s comedy/drama series Offspring. Each model is hand made and provides a useful tool for describing the design process to our clients.
Trends Top 30 Australian Kitchens
Saaj Design has been recognised as the designer of a Trends Top 30 Australian Kitchen 2012-2013 as seen in Kitchen Trends Vol 25 No 10.
Director Andrew Bartholomeusz was recently invited to be a judge for the 2012 Built Environment Awards for Bayside City Council.