Grand Designs Australia

Expert Tips from the Claremont Origami House

Discover tips from the experts behind the Claremont Origami House from episode 3, season 5 of Grand Designs Australia.

Why would an architect at the pinnacle her career and creative powers ditch the drafting desk, don steel cap boots and take up a blowtorch? Because for Ariane Prevost, that’s exactly the antidote to a lifetime of designing houses for other people – 102 in fact.

With three adult children Ariane and husband Neil are ready to downsize – but Neil needs a little arm twisting. Wrenching him out of their existing house won’t be that easy. They’ve been living in it for just a year…  but Ariane has found the ideal block – just 400 square meters in the conservative suburb of Claremont.

Here she’s got big plans for a new house... only no one quite knows what those plans are, including Neil. What Neil does know, is that Ariane will be taking on a trilogy of tasks: architect, client and builder, so with no one to answer to but herself, her plan is to make it up as she goes along.

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