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 / Art & Architecture

Houses Issue 104 June

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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When an architect designs their own home, the result gives some insight into their preoccupations and sensibilities. With this in mind, architects’ homes can be a good place to start when investigating which practice to engage for the design of your own house. A number of the projects in this issue have been designed by the architects for themselves and their families. These projects have the same budget, site and regulatory constraints on them as any other project; what is different is the degree of design freedom – as their own client, the architect creates the brief. The Planchonella House (page 38) was a labour of love by owner/architect Jesse Bennett and his wife, Anne-Marie, who is an interior designer. It took the couple more than two years to build and…

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out & about

01 Intergrain Timber Vision Awards Entries close 30 June 2015 This awards program celebrates the innovative ways in which timber is used. This year the new Public Space and Young Architect categories will join the existing categories Residential Interior, Residential Exterior, Commercial Interior and Commercial Exterior. Each category winner receives $2,000 in prize money, 100 litres of Intergrain product and national exposure in Architecture Australia. Seen here is last year’s winner of the Residential Interior category, Lilyfield Warehouse by Virginia Kerridge Architect. intergrain.com.au/awards 02 Workshopped15 – Design in Architecture 6–23 August 2015 Check out an exhibition that celebrates Australian design excellence at Supa Centa Moore Park, Sydney. Featured furniture, lighting and other products will investigate the relationship between industrial design and architecture. workshopped.com.au 03 Housing Futures 2015 31 July 2015 Housing shapes the way we…

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WRITER Anna Johnson Anna Johnson is an academic at RMIT University’s School of Architecture and Design. Her publications explore contemporary Australian architecture, the Australian house, identity and contemporary vernaculars in Australian architecture. PHOTOGRAPHER Shannon McGrath Shannon McGrath is a Melbourne-based architectural photographer who has travelled Australia extensively, photographing for the country’s top architects and designers, and contributing to local and international publications. PHOTOGRAPHER Sean Fennessy Sean Fennessy is a Melbourne-based photographer with strong ties to his home state of Tasmania. His fresh, graphic style and unique sense of observation have seen his work published internationally. WRITER Sing d’Arcy Sing d’Arcy is a lecturer in the interior architecture program at the University of New South Wales. He coordinates the technologies stream as well as teaching in the final-year design studio.…

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shaun carter of carter williamson architects

One aspect of architecture that is never taught at university is the need for architects to have sheer enthusiasm, energy and coaxing power to drag ideas from a simple sketch to reality. Many great ideas have been lost in translation to site, worn down by planning rules, client budget cuts or indifferent trades. One gets the feeling that the success of Sydney practice Carter Williamson Architects is derived from the sheer willpower and conviction of its principal Shaun Carter. This is a man who, in the nicest possible way, can talk anyone into anything. He decided to be an architect while in Year 10 at school, but it took him more than a decade to get there and, somehow, that tenacity has turned into an unbelievable passion for the industry and…

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our palette • materials & finishes •

01 Handmade glass tiles Wherever possible, Carter Williamson Architects avoids using painted finishes, instead allowing the colours and textures of the materials to be the colours and textures of the building. Tiles are a great way to playfully introduce colour, as seen in the bathroom of the Cowshed House. These handmade glass tiles shimmer as the variations in the surface reflect light. artedomus.com 02 Western red cedar The practice likes to balance warm materials against cool. Western red cedar has a rich hue that plays nicely against elements such as polished concrete foors. Western red cedar is used for doors and windows and also for lining, as seen here at the stair of the Spiegel Haus. 03 Recycled bricks Recycled bricks are used in the work of Carter Williamson Architects as they are cheap, beautiful…

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01 Gentle Modernist: The nine lives of Anatol Kagan BY Simon Reeves (Vivid Publishing, 2014) PP 216 • RRP $59.95 Gentle Modernist tells the fascinating life story of mid-century modernist architect Anatol Kagan (1913–2009), whose contribution to Australian architecture has largely gone uncelebrated. The nine lives referred to in the book’s subtitle are certainly no embellishment – Kagan began his life in Russia and spent his young adulthood in Germany before moving to London to start his architectural career. He arrived in Melbourne in 1939, first working for leading architects and government departments before starting his own practice in 1949. Kagan is most widely known for his designs of luxurious modernist houses built around Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. He later moved to Sydney to work for the Department of Public Works. This fascinating…