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 / Art & Architecture

Houses Issue 101 December 2014

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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Creating a house doesn’t have to be about making a grand architectural statement. It’s often the small things – the design details – that make all the difference to how a home affects our everyday lives. A sunny corner nook to enjoy a morning coffee, a conversation pit that brings the family together or a protected courtyard ideal for an afternoon beer with friends – these are moments that can be enhanced by good architecture and interior design. This issue of Houses brings together residential projects that adopt a thoughtful approach to design, through intimate and careful detailing. The Clayfield House by Twohill and James (page 82) comprises three architectural interventions to a Spanish Mission-style house in Brisbane. While subtle, these design moves amplify the simple pleasures of living. In our cover…

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out & about

01 2015 Houses Awards Entries close 27 March 2015 Register now to enter the 2015 Houses Awards, our annual program celebrating Australia’s best residential projects. Pictured here is the 2014 Australian House of the Year, Invisible House by Peter Stutchbury Architecture. housesawards.com.au 02 Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture On until 8 March 2015 Explore Harry Seidler’s creative achievements and fascinating life in an exhibition curated by New York-based Vladimir Belogolovsky and Sydney Living Museums’ Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon. Complementing the exhibition will be a series of exclusive tours of some of Australia’s most iconic architectural designs by Seidler. sydneylivingmuseums.com.au 03 Australian Design: Ten years of the Peter Fogarty Fund On until 9 March 2015 Visit the Art Gallery of Western Australia to celebrate ten years of acquisitions made possible by the Peter Fogarty Fund, as well as the twenty-fifth…

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WRITER Damian Madigan Damian Madigan is director of Adelaide-based firm Madigan Architecture and a lecturer at the University of South Australia. He is a PhD candidate at Monash University, where he is researching the flexibility of existing houses and suburban futures. PHOTOGRAPHER Sam Noonan Sam Noonan has been refining his skills behind the lens for the past twenty-four years – translating light, space and the shape of things into beautiful images is an addiction for him. He specializes in architectural and interior photography. PHOTOGRAPHER Bo Wong Based in Western Australia, Bo Wong is a freelance photographer who specializes in shooting for creative industries all over the country. Her latest project is the online journal Design Satellite: Australian Regional Creatives. WRITER Sarah Hurst Sarah Hurst is a Master of Architecture graduate from the University of Tasmania. She has spent the past five…

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clare cousins of clare cousins architects

Discussing the projects featured here, all alterations and additions with similar briefs, Melbourne architect Clare Cousins’s discomfort with self-promotion initially reduces any detailed discussion of her practice down to a single sentence: “Our work begins with trying to identify the nuances of how our clients want to live.” As it turns out, it’s a potent sentence. Exploring these five projects, the implications of this focus on the day-to-day life of their inhabitants becomes increasingly clear. Take the Shingle House, in suburban Armadale (see Houses 87). Part of the brief was, inevitably, for a close connection between indoors and out. But in talking through this idea, the client described the casual scenario of making a coffee on one side of the kitchen bench and simply reaching across to pass it outside. This…

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our palette • materials & finishes •

01 Comet spotlight This well-priced spotlight with an LED lamp comes in a powdercoated finish, in ceiling, wall or track-mounted options. Many components of the Comet spotlight are handmade in Melbourne. massonforlight.com.au 02 Vogue ‘Latte’ tiles These tiles are cost effective and available in numerous sizes. Clare Cousins Architects has used different sizes together, as seen here in the Flinders Lane Apartment (on the bath and walls). classicceramics.com.au 03 Icon+ tapware set Clare Cousins Architects prefers specifying taps to mixers. In particular, the practice likes Icon+ cross handle taps as they are ergonomic and easy to use, while offering a modern look. Astra Walker taps are available in a wide range of finishes (pictured is matt black). astrawalker.com.au 04 Recycled brick At the St Kilda East House (pictured), bricks were salvaged from demolished lean-tos and used to…

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01 Mountain Modern: Contemporary Homes in High Places BY Dominic Bradbury (Thames & Hudson, 2014) PP 256 • RRP $39.99 With their ability to simultaneously seduce and terrify, the great mountain ranges of the world have long inspired our collective imaginations. And while they are often harsh places to be in in terms of climate, the romance in building a retreat high in the clouds is undeniable. Across three chapters – Cabin, Chalet and Villa –Mountain Modern presents spectacular residential projects set in majestic landscapes. This compact publication covers a lot of ground, from cosy timber chalets in the Austrian Alps to glamorous modernist houses in the American Rockies. Glenn Murcutt’s Simpson–Lee House in the New South Wales’ Blue Mountains is also featured. Photographs and plans accompany text, telling the story…