The Design Emotive

The Design Emotive

The Design Emotive is dedicated to showing you homes and designs that embrace the ideas of simplicity and minimalism, and the impact great design can have on you and your life.

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The Design Emotive
  • Davison Collaborative

    The need for a new development model is desperately needed, a model which is sustainable and financially accessible with a focus on townhouses in urban locations. Davison Collaborative is that sustainable development model, with ethical developers Liam Wallis and Katya Crema of HIP V. HYPE teamin...

  • South Yarra Townhouse

    The existing 1990s townhouse in South Yarra was quite dark, with an unsuitable layout for today's living. For this home renovation, Winter Architecture approached it by looking at what they can take away and have a more minimalist space that felt clean, white and bright.


    Melbourne-based architect Chris Megowan of Megowan Architectural initially designed his apartment for just his wife and himself, however, that changed when they found out they were having twins. What stayed the same was the desire to live and work in the same building, so his architecture practic...

  • Three Angle House

    The owners, Colin and Jo Turner, knew they needed something special for their piece of land in Melbourne's coastal suburb of Mount Martha. They wanted a home that was light and airy, and also captured the views over the Mornington Peninsula and the beaches.

  • Shadow Cottage

    Shadow Cottage retains the charm of an existing heritage home while creating something modern and liveable through a sustainable renovation – effectively creating a shadow against the old. I think this sustainable, sensitive house renovation by MRTN Architects showcases what can happen with tru...

  • Hill Plains House

    Melbourne architect, Jerry Wolveridge of Wolveridge Architects, bought the rural property of his clients, and after a study of local agricultural buildings, decided to design a simple, timber-clad pitched off-grid home. Jerry went a step further, adopting the construction methods of Australian sh...

  • Existenzminimum

    Architect Douglas Wan wanted something simple for his own tiny apartment, avoiding the fancy gadgetry often found in tiny homes. He thought about how he might want to live in the apartment, with the idea of living a monastic life but in the city.

  • One MANI House

    What defines good architecture and ultimately a well-designed home? If there was ever a perfect example it’s One MANI House by Mani Architecture. This home takes a difficult, narrow site and uses it to create an adaptable, flexible, four-bedroom home that is filled with unexpected moments, beauti...