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Home Studio Our Clients' Own Words 2023

Our energy bills are roughly half of previous. Artificial augmentation of heating and cooling has been minimal so far – though we’re in that autumn period where it’s neither super hot or cold.

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Nonetheless, the retention of masonry and the thermal mass it provides + the double glazing and insulation means that the interior temperature is very stable. We are very glad we got into the house when we did – things went pear-shaped in the world not long after, and working from home here is a pleasure whereas we’d have been going stark staring mad in the original house or the rental.

A number of friends came to look at the place – all of them have commented that they can see the hand of an architect in it (and said in a positive way!). It’s exceeded our expectations all around. Once we’ve been in for a full year and seen the way it works through the seasons I’ll no doubt appreciate it even more, but the view lines and alignment of windows and the way light comes through is fantastic. The yellow feature wall works really well – it adds a golden cast to the light as the sun comes through. Alas a photo doesn’t do it justice.

Visitors have been interested in the modernist colour scheme & in the use of low-maintenance surfaces. The lack of grout has had many who clean those surfaces regularly waxing lyrical (me being one of them – it seems impossible to clean grout properly without eventually destroying it).

We’ve ended up repurposing the rain garden as a herb garden by just leaving enough rocks in it to stop soil washing away when a deluge comes. We’ve also been using it for vermiculture by embedding a couple of in-ground worm-farms in it so we can do on-site composting. Between the two we’ve got a wide variety of herbs growing successfully where we couldn’t before. Worms seem to be much better than just adding fertilizer. I mention the rain garden and our use for it because it’s not something we would have had unless Yarra had insisted, but it’s actually been a positive, so that experience might be useful to other of your clients. So – we’re all well and happy to be home at this end.

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Park House Owner, Park House 2023

“Without doubt, the house we now have is a great place to live in. Looking out onto the park is a great pleasure, with a view that constantly changes with the season and the house sits within the park without intruding onto the park.”

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“When I approached Antony and his team to design a house for the block of land, he asked the usual question: what was I looking for? I gave him three answers: the first was the rather opaque request to build a house that suited our needs; the second was to make the most of the perspective onto the park while respecting the users of the park; and the third was to build an energy efficient house.

However, it was only after living through the design and build that I realised how much the request for an energy efficient house sat in tension with the other two requests. Much of the commentary and background knowledge around energy efficient houses relates to technical aspects of energy efficiency in cold climates. Thus to ask for large windows to overlook a park in a warm climate creates different design problems to those encountered in cold climates. It is a credit to the DiMase Architects team that they could work with the opaque request to build a house that suited our needs, the lived experience is of a comfortable house that is enjoyable to live in!” – Owner and Client

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Professor Mirjana Lozanovska 2023

I have known Antony for over 30 years when we studied architecture at Melbourne University in the 1980s.

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Our paths have gone in different directions however we maintained our friendship as our interests overlap. There are four aspects of Antony’s career that stand out to me.

Firstly, Antony has instilled in his Fitzroy North architectural practice the foundation of professional services and contributed to making a better environment through his projects.

Secondly, his urban activism and advocacy against Apple at Federation Square and supporting Australian Architects Declare movement demonstrate a capacity to grapple with urban issues that affect us all.

Thirdly, Antony’s initiative to run a gallery as part of his practice extends a collaboration between architecture and the art world. Its success has grown over the past 5 years and is an innovation we rarely see in architectural practices.

Finally, Antony’s interest in lighting, technology and sustainability is substantiated by his Master’s research and continues through his podcast with Jackson Stigwood.

Each of these aspects illustrates Antony’s capacity to extend architecture into a broader public sphere and to communicate complex issues in articulate, clear and effective ways. Antony’s good-nature means that he is a good listener, and his broad expertise and experience provide him with the tools to solve difficult architectural problems with relative ease and empathy.”

Jones Anna Cumming, Sanctuary Magazine Issue 44 2017

Donna and Michael are very pleased with the finished house, which also functions as an office for both of them when they are not overseas for their work.

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It’s a very easy house to live in – the spaces work well,” says Donna. “I was concerned that it would still be a very small house, but it actually feels quite spacious because of all the light and the high ceilings.

It works well thermally too; the couple says that the downstairs stays cool through the hot days of summer, aided by good cross ventilation and night purging of warm air.

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Jones Anna Cumming, Sanctuary Magazine Issue 34 2014

John and Kate sought to retain the industrial character of the warehouse, which has had several past factory-based lives while making it a comfortable and energy-efficient ‘machine for living in’.

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For Architect Antony DiMase, one of the real achievements of the project is that though it followed the Passive House approach, “it’s not engineer-driven, which many Passive Houses can be – it’s architecturally pleasing.”

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Awarded Projects & Media Recognition

Bi-fold windows offer unobstructed view of the park

2023
Architeam Finalist – Residential New
Houses Awards Commendation for Sustainability, and finalist New Residential

2020
Our City Our Square – Citizens for Melbourne
Victorian Chapter Awards – Bates Smart Award

2018
Architeam Awards – Sustainability Medal

2018
Architeam Awards – Contribution & Innovation

2016
Shortlisted for the Architecture Awards

2014
John Saunders Award, Award of Recognition

2004
ARBV Services Awards Design Process, Information & Communication – Finalist

Publications

Unique Zinc cladding Roseleigh Addition

Unique Zinc cladding Roseleigh Addition

Sanctuary Magazine – Issue 44 Sitting Pretty , Roseleigh Addition

Architecture and Design 2018 Clad in style and space , Roseleigh Addition

Inside, Interior Design Review – Issue 95, Middle Park House

View to light filled brick atrium with bicycle

Bicycle in light filled brick atrium

Sanctuary Magazine – Issue 34, Jones

Architecture and Design 2016, Jones

Internal urban courtyard sunlight at the Long Terrace by Di Mase Architects

An internal courtyard floods the interior space with light

Architectural Review – Issue 94, Freeman Street

Architecture Australia – Vol 92,Bocce Pavillion

Houses – Issue 37, Seacombe Street House