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Architecture Australia January 2016

Ask architects which Australian magazine they choose to read or to publish their work and the answer is most likely Architecture Australia. If you want to be up to date with the best built works and the issues that matter, then Architecture Australia is for you. Its commissioned contributors are independent, highly respected practitioners, architectural thinkers and design commentators and each article is supported by images from leading architectural photographers. Provocative, informative and engaging – it is the national magazine of the Australian Institute of Architects.

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The Institute has faced a number of significant challenges recently and our National and Executive Councils have come to the conclusion that it is an appropriate time to substantially reform the organization through the development of a sustainable operational model supported by a more effective strategic plan.It is important to understand that while we can do a lot, we can’t do it all. We intend to commit to less than we have in the past so we can more effectively deliver on the commitments we do make. The process of reform is currently a work in progress and a more targeted operational model will focus on member services, education and advocacy. We also intend to reinforce and elevate our critical position as the first voice for our profession.Our current councillors…

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This issue of Architecture Australia follows the trajectory of Australian housing. It is a contemporary record of projects and thinking and the latest contribution to a series of issues focused on multiresidential architecture and urban development. The issue has three components: previews of projects in planning, design or construction; reviews of buildings at completion; and reflections on processes, outcomes and aspirations. The last is used to recast the relationship between the house and housing and to re-examine exemplar projects from recent history with the benefit of first-hand hindsight.Prior to this, our most recent housing-themed issue was May/June 2014, guest edited by Sydney-based architects and critics Laura Harding and Philip Thalis. Laura and Philip made an empirical and qualitative study of urban housing projects and the critical role of these buildings…

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IN DEVELOPMENTAT COMPLETIONON REFLECTIONThis issue is ordered according to project scale, from single dwelling to apartment block. The projects are viewed through three lenses that intersect the trajectory of Australian housing at different points in time – the near future, the present and the recent past. In Development surveys multiresidential projects across a range of scales, types and locations. The eighteen unbuilt projects, which span from duplexes to highrise towers, together present a preview of future housing in Australia. At Completion reviews new projects, exploring delivery models, experimentation, ageing in place and why “density is our destiny.” Housing plays a critical role in the making of our cities, and these projects are acknowledged for setting the standard in contemporary living. On Reflection re-examines exemplar housing projects from recent history with…

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apartment house

02 Small vertical openings in the brickwork begin to dissolve the large white volume of the street facade, while the opening at ground level offers a glimpse into the internal garden beyond.03 The material palette has been intentionally kept spare – concrete, brick, glass and oak. This enhances the effect of the garden enveloping the building.04 Once through the threshold of the concrete facade, a sense of openness and of being in a “garden oasis” prevails.05 A “hit and miss” brick screen filters light into the dining room and kitchen. This clever resolution to a legal requirement to minimize overlooking also doubles as solar and thermal control.06 The brick screen functions like a perforated light shade, producing an ethereal atmosphere when sunlight penetrates the house. 07 Fundamental to the house’s…

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single house—no future?

Ivanhoe House by Kerstin Thompson Architects is composed of one continuous, highly varied space that allows the occupant to do a loop right around the house through shifts in privacy. (Photography: KTA) Fitzroy Townhouses by Kerstin Thompson Architects. By relinquishing control over the interior fitout the occupant is encouraged to stamp the space with their own identity. (Photography: KTA)“On the one hand, a work of architecture … can be characterized by a condition of uniqueness ... On the other hand, a work of architecture can also be seen as belonging to a class of repeated objects, characterized, like a class of tools or instruments, by some general attributes ... the essence of the architectural object lies in its repeatability.”– Rafael MoneoIf there is one aspect of architecture that garners…

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3 houses marrickville

02 A timber entry colonnade that runs along the street boundary is a standout feature of the corner dwelling – tying in well with the scale of the streetscape.03 Boyle reimagined the site in three parcels, creating two separate dwellings from the original house and a new house at the rear of the site.04 A small vertical window in the corner dwelling frames a view out to the street, its protruding form creating intrigue from both the interior and the exterior of the house.05 An angular roofline allows light to permeate the entry of the house through clerestory windows.06 The new dwelling located at the back of the site (Lot 3), “echoes the mishmash of the street beautifully.”07 A wall of recycled bricks partly conceals the front garden, while being…