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Houses Issue 126 February 2019

For the architect, designer, home owner, home builder or anyone simply interested in the best residential design, every issue of Houses tells the story of inspirational homes, their surrounds and the products that complete them. Through generous pictorial coverage from leading photographers, floor plans and lists of selected products, you share the delight of each home presented. You’ll also meet some of the creative people who designed them and keep up with the latest design trends and issues. Be inspired!

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In 2018 I was a category judge at the World Architecture Festival Awards in Amsterdam. I was extremely proud to see that a high number of the shortlisted projects were houses designed by Australian architects. The rest of the world appeared to be really interested in, and excited about, what we’re up to over here. From Western Australia to Tasmania’s Bruny Island, the homes in this issue of Houses form yet another collection of exemplary residential architecture that celebrates the host of ways we live in this country.I’d like to officially welcome our new associate editor Gemma Savio. Gemma is a graduate of architecture from the University of Newcastle and has been a director of her own architecture practice for the past five years. Stephanie McGann, who has worked…

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Judith Abell WriterJudith Abell is a writer, designer and artist, consistently working at the junctions between these disciplines. Judith currently works for the City of Hobart as a public art coordinator, while maintaining her sculptural art practice and her freelance writing work. She is also art features editor for Island magazine. Tom Ferguson PhotographerTom Ferguson is an architect who has managed to segue into a career in architectural and interiors photography. He believes that photographs should tell the whole story of a building, from intimate details through to heroic moments. Gavin Green PhotographerGavin Green is a Melbourne-based photographer and artist. His practice exists at the intersection of architecture, interiors and portraiture. Gavin regularly collaborates with architects and designers, bringing an analogue warmth and considered stillness to his…

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fresh finds

Find more residential products: selector.com  and productnews.com.au 01 Mena sofa and armchairThe Mena sofa and armchair collection by Franco Crea strikes a balance between elegance and comfort. Designed for use in houses, commercial spaces and bars, the Mena collection features diamond hand-stitched quilting and neatly chamfered timber arms. catapultdesign.net.au02 Piece Terrazza pendantThe Piece Terrazzo pendant by Bentu is distinctive for its three floating terrazzo planes, each suspended and offset with exposed brass fixings. Sculptural and substantial in size, it is made from recycled stone and ceramic aggregate mixed with high-strength concrete. remodern.com.au 03 Relay textilesMaharam Design Studio’s Relay is a sportswear-inspired textile constructed from flat-woven webbing. Woven on a loom using a vertical warping technique, Relay features striking basket-like textures, elevated by a compelling range…

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whitlam place by freadman white and anon studio

In recent years, the quantity of multiresidential developments has been increasing in Australian cities and the design quality of these buildings has attracted scrutiny from many communities and governments. Unfortunately, there has been a shift from apartment as “home” to “commodity” and many cheaply built, unremarkable buildings have been erected quickly to achieve the highest possible monetary returns. Whitlam Place, a new residential development in Melbourne’s Fitzroy by Freadman White and Anon Studio, is a clear response against this financially driven model. The intensely tailored design approach has led to a collection of eleven elegant, bespoke homes and the strategy is apparent as soon as you step foot inside the neon-lined circulation spaces, which are akin to a Dan Flavin light installation. The unwavering commitment by owner-developer and collaborating…

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indooroopilly house by owen architecture with lineburg wang

01 Set above a solid front wall, the upper level of the house steps away from the boundaries of its narrow site. Beyond the compact footprint of the CBD, Brisbane is a city of sprawling suburban enclaves, carved out by the serpentine course of the Brisbane River. Twenty-first-century densification challenges the twentieth-century suburban pattern of pavilions in the landscape, making it difficult to uphold low-density ideals in the context of diminishing green space and expanding building footprints. Indooroopilly House, designed by Paul Owen of Owen Architecture and Michael Lineburg of Lineburg Wang, tackles the rigorous demands of building new on a steep and narrow site, committing equally to the experience of architecture at the scale of the city and the person.Despite the favourable qualities of elevation and view, the…

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apollo bay house by dock4 architects

02 Blackened timber in the kitchen mirrors the dark external palette, which reduces visibility from a distance. 03 The main living space is stitched into the landscape via east and west decks flanking the house. The client for this holiday house in Apollo Bay, on Bruny Island, handed Dock4 Architects an interesting challenge. Having bought a sloping, north-facing property overlooking the bay, the client insisted on re-using and extending a small existing two-bedroom shack. Apart from this, the brief was simple. Pragmatically, the client wanted a four-bedroom house. Aesthetically, he wanted to ensure that views from the dwelling focused on Mount Wellington and the bays and bushy headlands along the edge of the Derwent River. With Richard Loney as the lead architect, Dock4 took a relatively unusual approach to…