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 / Art & Architecture

Houses Issue 102 February

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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I live in an apartment, which suits my current lifestyle, but it means that I live without a garden. Although the nearby parklands satisfy my need for outdoor space, occasionally (most often in summer) I do wish that I had a garden. There’s nothing better than waking up, making a coffee and walking outside to enjoy your own outdoor sanctuary (while still in your pyjamas!). The project on the cover of this issue, Lake Wendouree House (page 38), includes a series of gardens, each catering to a different activity. John Wardle Architects, along with landscape architecture practice Taylor Cullity Lethlean, has integrated a “series of distinct spaces that relate to their use and have been planted to flower or change colour in a dynamic progression across the site that will mark…

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out & about

01 2015 Houses Awards Don’t forget – entries close 27 March 2015 Providing a unique insight into contemporary residential architecture, the Houses Awards celebrate Australia’s best houses, apartments and gardens. Excellence is awarded across eight categories, with the best house receiving the premier award of Australian House of the Year. housesawards.com.au 02 Takahiro Iwasaki: Itsukushima Reflection Model On until 6 April 2015 Japanese artist Takahiro Iwasaki creates intricately detailed models that reinterpret contemporary cityscapes and iconic historic buildings. The National Gallery of Victoria is showing one of Iwasaki’s largest models – one that focuses on the sixth-century Shinto shrine of Itsukushima, which rests on the tidal flats of Japan’s Inland Sea. ngv.vic.gov.au 03 Adelaide Festival of Arts 2015 27 February – 15 March 2015 In Adelaide? Join in a celebration of creative excellence from Australian…

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WRITER Elizabeth Musgrave Elizabeth Musgrave is a lecturer in the School of Architecture at The University of Queensland and an architect in partnership with John Price. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Melbourne. PHOTOGRAPHER Tom Ferguson Tom Ferguson is an architect and photographer from Sydney. He has been practising architecture for more than ten years and has established his own practice, TFAD. He started out taking photos of his own projects, and photography is now a significant part of his professional practice. PHOTOGRAPHER Daniel Mayne Daniel Mayne’s solo projects have included a photography assignment for Tourism Guatemala and he is currently completing a photography book on The Alhambra. A highlight was his collaboration with Ian Moore Architects to exhibit at Palazzo Bembo during the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. WRITER Nikita Notowidigdo Nikita Notowidigdo is a graduate architect…

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nick tobias of tobias partners

When Nick Tobias talks about his first years of practice, one might think his life at that time was all work and no play. He started taking on projects in 1999, while studying at university, and continued developing his small practice while working at Burley Katon Halliday and then in partnership with Telly Theodore. He didn’t travel much. He didn’t do postgraduate study. He was impatient to get on with it, and he had encouraging older mentors and sufficient friends willing to be clients to feed that ambition. The work of Tobias Partners is now well known and well published, and many of its projects have won awards. Currently, about 80 percent of the firm’s work is single residences. The studio’s houses are a careful combination of restraint and celebration. Nick…

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our palette • materials & finishes •

01 Murobond paint Water-based Murobond paints appeal to Tobias Partners as they are available in a large range of custom colours and textures. The practice used a custom colour called ‘Parsley Red’ at the Parsley Bay Residence (pictured). murobond.com.au 02 Travertine marble Tobias Partners enjoys using travertine marble for its consistency in colour and texture, as well as for its classic, timeless appearance. euromarble.com.au 03 Bega wall luminaires Bega produces beautiful fittings of very high quality and performance. One of Tobias Partners’ favourites is the Bega Surface washer floodlight with G 1/2 and G 3/8 connecting threads. zumtobel.com/au-enbega.com/en 04 Vola tapware Beautifully resolved by Arne Jacobsen, this versatile tapware range by Vola embodies quintessential timeless design for Tobias Partners. The Vola KV1, seen here at the Double Bay House, was developed in 1972. dedece.com.au 05 Swimms Mono door…

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01 Passive House Design: Planning and Design of Energy-Efficient Buildings BY Roberto Gonzalo and Rainer Vallentin (Detail, 2014) PP 152 • RRP $135.00 Passive House Design presents an immense amount of research, compiled to provide architects with an up-to-the-minute state of the science. While passive design has been around for some twenty years, it is continuing to gain popularity in the sustainable architecture debate. Put simply, a passive house is a house that is designed so efficiently that it requires no powered heating or cooling. It’s not only houses that this book looks at: passive design principles can be applied to any building type. Through a series of illustrated case studies, the book combines design, construction and building services, highlighting where there is scope for creativity and how to plan for…