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 / Art & Architecture

Houses Issue 103 April

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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The idea of a house with two living zones is appealing to many, especially when it is a home to a large family. A formal living area is kept tidy, while the informal family room lends itself to a bit of mess. Alternatively, the secondary living zone might be an outdoor space, used intermittently as weather permits. This issue features a number of projects with multiple living zones that are either distinct from one another internally or expressed as separate pavilions externally. At the Taringa Pavilion by Nielsen Workshop with Morgan Jenkins Architecture (page 48), a new outdoor pavilion has been attached to a nineteenth-century Queenslander. Externally, this new living space is clearly defined as new work. In a move that differentiates the new without rejecting the heritage of the existing,…

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out & about

01 Glass: Art Design Architecture On until 18 April 2015 Take a closer look at this versatile material at an exhibition at Adelaide’s Jam Factory. Showcasing twenty-three outstanding projects by contemporary Australian artists, designers and architects including Architectus, Charles Wright Architects and Max Pritchard Architect, it will represent a cross-section of current creative practices and approaches to glass. This exhibition will tour to fourteen venues nationally. jamfactory.com.au 02 2015 Houses Awards shortlist announcement 1 May 2015 Keep an eye out for the announcement of the 2015 Houses Awards shortlist, published online on Friday 1 May. Don’t forget to mark in your diary the awards presentation night, to be held at Melbourne’s NGV International on Friday 31 July. Ticket sales commence in May. housesawards.com.au 03 Nordic Cool: Modernist Design On until 31 December 2015 Enjoy the…

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WRITER Kevin O’Brien Kevin O’Brien is a practising architect based in Brisbane. He is the director of Kevin O’Brien Architects and Professor of Design at the Queensland University of Technology. PHOTOGRAPHER Toby Scott Toby Scott is a Brisbane-based photographer who loves shooting lifestyle photography, food and interiors. He gathers inspiration from good design as well as time away from the camera, tinkering with vintage motorcycles, sipping coffee and collecting whisky. PHOTOGRAPHER Hilary Bradford Hilary Bradford is a Melbourne-based photographer specializing in architecture, interiors and lifestyle photography. She worked as an architect for over ten years before embarking on her photography career. WRITER Alicia Sciberras Alicia Sciberras is a freelance architecture and design writer and stylist based in Sydney. She has previously worked as assistant editor of Indesign magazine and is keenly interested in supporting emerging Australian design.…

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fiona dunin of fmd architects

Arguably the only difference between interior design and architecture is scale. And it isn’t always the physically largest interventions that have the biggest impact. Just ask Fiona Dunin, director of FMD Architects. She says one of her most popular projects is Brighton Joinery (2011). FMD Architects takes on jobs ranging from new houses to commercial projects, as well as small joinery insertions such as this. “We don’t say no to anything, really,” Fiona says. “If someone comes along and they want a piece of joinery to house a drum kit, a sewing machine and a computer, we say, ‘sure!’” Fiona, whose mother was a fashion design teacher with a background in fine arts, was exposed to the design world from a young age. She studied interior design and after graduating, she…

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our palette • materials & finishes •

01 Laminate FMD Architects uses the cost-effective material laminate in a multitude of creative ways. The product’s low maintenance requirements and durability make it a great material to use in family homes, as seen here in the kitchen of Bayside Residence. laminex.com.au 02 Vogue tiles FMD Architects uses various sizes and colours of Vogue tiles to create interesting patterns in its bathroom and kitchen designs, as seen here at the Cerise Residence. This tile comes in a non-slip finish, allowing a seamless transition from the shower to the general bathroom floor. classicceramics.com.au 03 Oxygene 13191 tap The Oxygene 13191 tap has a simple, streamlined elegance. FMD Architects prefers fixtures that are recessive as opposed to being a standout feature of the design. abey.com.au 04 Mirror FMD Architects enjoys the way mirror can dematerialize and manipulate the perception of space. The…

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01 Saarinen Houses BY Jari Jetsonen and Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen (eds) (Princeton Architectural Press, 2014) PP 224 • RRP $82.50 Finnish architects Eliel Saarinen and son Eero Saarinen are perhaps architecture’s most famous father–son duo. They are best known for their larger-scale works – Eliel for his Art Nouveau design of Finland’s Central Helsinki Railway Station (1919) and Eero for his modernist TWA Terminal Building at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (1962). They also realized a number of beautiful residential projects (together and independently), the most remarkable of which are explored by this book. Across three chapters – Years of Collaboration, Eliel Saarinen in Finland and The American Years – the book presents seventeen houses spanning six decades. A belief that a house belongs to its landscape and that its furnishings and details…