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Houses Issue 100

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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Welcome to our one hundredth issue! This exciting milestone provokes some reflection on the twenty-five years that Houses has celebrated and promoted Australia’s best residential architecture and design, and the high quality and variety of projects we have had the privilege of reviewing over this time. Our first issue was published in 1989, and looking back, it is clear that Houses has always been highly effective at promoting good design to a wide audience, and exploring how and why you might use an architect. In the lead-up to our one hundredth issue we’ve been having a bit of fun with our own Throwback Thursday series on social media (@housesmagazine on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram). We have shared some of our favourite covers, including the sweeping, white curves of a Melbourne house…

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out & about

01 Celebrating one hundred issues of Houses We celebrated our one hundredth issue at two parties, one each in Rogerseller’s Sydney and Melbourne showrooms. Thanks to Rogerseller for its generous support of these events, and to all our valued readers and contributors for joining us in the celebrations. architecturemedia.com/magazines/housesrogerseller.com.au 02 Sydney Open 2014 2 November 2014 Don’t miss the chance to see inside Sydney’s most loved heritage buildings, architectural treasures and contemporary designs at Sydney Living Museums’ biennial Sydney Open. More than fifty buildings will be open for one day only, including the Cove Apartments (2003) by Harry Seidler and Associates (pictured). sydneylivingmuseums.com.au 03 Hot Modernism On until 12 October 2014 Visit the State Library of Queensland to discover the stories of Queensland’s mid-century architecture. From the rolling expanse of the Riverside Expressway to soaring concrete structures,…

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WRITER Trisha Croaker Trisha Croaker has been a writer, journalist and media/communications adviser for thirty years. She writes a weekly architecture column for Fairfax Media, and is a freelancer for a range of mainstream and specialist publications. PHOTOGRAPHER William Watt William Watt is an Australian freelance photographer. With a love of the urban environment and appreciation for the built form, his talent and passion is illustrated in the Melbourne Street collection, a popular photographic exploration of the city he calls home. PHOTOGRAPHER Alicia Taylor Alicia Taylor works as an interiors/architecture, food and travel photographer and has bases in Melbourne, Brisbane and London. She has worked overseas for many years since studying design and photography at RMIT University. WRITER Andrew Mackenzie Andrew Mackenzie is a director of Architects Without Frontiers, Australia. He was editor of Architecture Review Australia for nine years before…

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charles wright of charles wright architects

I met Charles Wright in 2008 during the Queensland Regional Architecture Awards for Far North Queensland. I was the chair of the jury and (W)right House was an entry in the awards. I recall being impressed by the organization and confidence of a young man (well under forty) as he led us through an extraordinary house that decoded contemporary domestic tropical design, and abstracted the golden ratio to achieve a climate-responsive outcome with massive materials, complex geometries and a striking exterior form. Did I like it? As a Queensland-educated, self-described critical regionalist I was quite simply perplexed. This house worked really well, was sustainable and looked extraordinary, but it did not recall anything I had come to understand as Queensland design. Six years later, it is precisely these characteristics of Charles…

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our palette • materials & finishes •

01 Concrete block CWA enjoys experimenting with construction techniques. Concrete block screens cast engaging shadows during the day and create ephemeral lantern effects at night, as seen here at Charles’ own house, the Oak Beach House. tcbmasonry.com 02 H1 hardwood CWA uses timber carefully in its projects, particularly in exposed situations. Locally sourced H1-durability hardwoods are the only timbers it uses externally, as seen here at the Re-Newell House (ironbark). The timber can be coated to bring out its grains and colours, but can also be left to weather naturally. 03 Off-form concrete The practice uses off-form concrete for core structural elements, as seen here at the Stamp House. Concrete is used for its inherent robustness and long life-cycle efficiency, particularly in corrosive environments and cyclone-prone regions. The practice likes concrete for its raw, honest material…

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01 Where Architects Live BY Fulvio Irace, Francesca Molteni, Davide Pizzigoni (Corraini Edizioni, 2014) PP 176 RRP $65.00 This book was produced to accompany an exhibition of the same name held at the 2014 edition of the Milan International Furniture Fair. Where Architects Live is, as its name suggests, an exploration of the private spaces of architects – eight of them, to be exact – including Shigeru Ban, David Chipperfield and Zaha Hadid. But the exploration is mostly highly choreographed, sadly not revealing as much about the way these architects occupy their homes as the title suggests. This is perhaps because they rarely occupy them, unless, of course, the space serves as an office. “I live on a plane,” Shigeru Ban jokingly claims in his interview, while Zaha Hadid professes to being a gypsy…