Down to earth, beautiful design that enhances your quality of life
Ready to create the best home you've ever lived in?
A home where everything has its place – whether that’s your art, the cat’s bed or an ever-growing collection of books. And when you look around, you see the story of how it all came to be. The materials you chose, the outlook you wanted to frame and the ideas you ushered into existence by trusting us to take your home beyond what you first thought was possible.
Service is a key word for RUBI Architects. However, service isn’t interpreted by simply saying yes to everything on a client’s wish list. The practice is highly focused not only on design, but as importantly, practicality, the ‘buildability’ of a project within a given budget. Alex Rubilar’s extensive experience building homes in the United States as well as Antonio La Torre’s experience in construction management, has empowered the duo to deliver rather than simply promise.
Design foundations of your residence
While RUBI Architects’ objective is to create a unique home for its clients, it must be highly pragmatic, with a vision that’s shared by both architect and client being delivered within the set budget. Based on extensive discussions to establish a firm brief, the topics are often varied and broad, from the number of rooms and types of spaces required to the smaller details. Often, clients can focus on the smaller details and get distracted about what the focus should be – creating a home not just for the present, but as importantly, for the near and distant future. For RUBI Architects, it’s getting to know clients and what they hope to achieve. Is it a coastal home where the owners regularly surf and require storage for surfboards and wet gear? Or are the owners more indoor types, spending more time reading and therefore benefit from a great library with built-in reading nooks? What’s their daily routine? RUBI Architects also makes a point of meeting with all the decision makers for a new project – whether it’s a single person, a couple or an extended family. While one member of a family may have crystal clear ideas of what they want to achieve, the other party or parties may have a completely different vision in mind.
Designing for one’s needs – both now and in the future
Context is often given lip service by architects who want to create a landmark building. However, with RUBI Architects, both the micro and the broader macro context is paramount to the way it operates – be it a new beach house on the Bellarine Peninsula or a new home in an urban setting such as Geelong or Melbourne. And how will this new home relate to its streetscape, and is it located in a heritage or period streetscape? How will neighbours respond and will it affect the way they live, including their loss of sunlight or privacy? After all, most people want to enjoy living in a community and not be given the ‘eye’ by neighbours disapproving of their home.
Renovations and new builds that maximise the potential of complex urban sites.
Rural and coastal residences
Homes anchored to the energy of the landscape you’re escaping to.
Our services include:
Architectural design and documentation
Planning permit applications
Building permit applications
Sustainable design consulting
Construction contract administration
"Alex was a pleasure to deal with while planning the full renovation of our house. He took our ideas and essential elements and created a design that was both innovative and functional, while keeping with nature. We highly recommend Alex as a professional and would be delighted to use his services again in the future."
– Jaime Dimery
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