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 / Art & Architecture

Houses Issue 105 August

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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This is the first year that a home by an emerging architecture practice has won the Houses Awards’ Australian House of the Year. Jesse Bennett Architect’s Planchonella House in Far North Queensland (page 18) is raw and honest, embraces its luscious rainforest environment and would be a delight to live in. This dwelling, which also won the New House over 200 square metres category, takes things back to basics, reminding us of the beauty of simplicity. The jury particularly enjoyed the idea that over time the house would recede into the landscape and be engulfed by the jungle. Houses has always supported up-and-coming designers, with many first projects featured within the pages of this magazine. This year we introduced a new category in the Houses Awards to celebrate emerging talent. The…

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out & about

01 Brisbane Open House 10–11 October 2015 Enjoy a weekend exploring exemplary Brisbane buildings, from private homes to historic landmarks and significant institutional structures. This year’s program includes Taringa House by Loucas Zahos Architects (pictured) and Mackay Terrace Residence by Shaun Lockyer Architects.brisbaneopenhouse.com.au 02 Fifties Fair 2015 23 August 2015, 10 am – 5 pm Take a trip to the Rose Seidler House in Sydney and celebrate all things 1950s. Collectors and dealers will be selling authentic vintage wares, from knick-knacks to fashion and furniture.sydneylivingmuseums.com.au 03 Future Nature 20 August – 9 October 2015 Enter an expanded Cabinet of Curiosities to explore acts of creativity that draw on the natural world to reimagine our future within it. The Australian Design Centre, in partnership with the Australian Museum, presents a collection of artists and designers displaying…

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houses awards jury

Stephanie Little Stephanie is a founding partner of Sydney-based Chenchow Little Architects. Her practice has received many awards for its work, including the Australian Institute of Architects National Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture – Houses in 2009, and the NSW Architecture Awards Aaron Bolot Award for Residential Architecture – Multiple Housing in 2012. Adrian Spence Adrian co-founded Brisbane-based Richards and Spence Architecture in 2008 with partner Ingrid Richards. Prior to establishing the practice, he was involved in the delivery of a number of large-scale developments, including the State Library of Queensland, the Queensland College of Art and Griffith University, South Brisbane, as well as a number of residential, retail and hospitality projects. Kerstin Thompson Kerstin is principal of Kerstin Thompson Architects, a Melbourne-based architecture, landscape and urban design practice with projects in Australia and…

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planchonella house by jesse bennett architect • cairns, qld •

Living in Planchonella House would be a true delight. Immersed in a luscious rainforest in Far North Queensland, the dwelling embraces its tropical climate and is handcrafted at every scale – from the graceful curves of the concrete to the detail of the timber window framing and inbuilt joinery. The ideas expressed in the design of this house are pure and whimsical in a way that works. Continuous glazing is sandwiched between two concrete slabs that bend and twist in response to the topography of the site. Raw and honest, the house uses passive, low-tech sustainability strategies in response to prevailing climatic conditions and allows occupants to alter their environment according to how they are using the space. The L-shaped plan divides the house into two wings – one for the main…

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sawmill house by archier • yackandandah, vic •

Much of the delight in the Sawmill House lies in the conjunction of rawness and finesse. Clearly a labour of love, the design seems improvised according to the methods, skills and materials found on site and within its locale. Most interesting is the recycled concrete blocks that form the primary walls. With many imperfections in their texture and colour, they offer a richness and security in mass that counterpoint the delicacy of other key elements such as the timber screen. The interest in detail is towards informality: the design allows living to be carried out in a single, continuous space for sleeping, socializing and eating. The spatial interest lies in how this can be adapted according to the season, time of day and requirements of occupation. The house is effectively a…

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planchonella house by jesse bennett architect • cairns, qld •

For too long, subtropical architecture in Australia has been branded with a timber and tin vernacular. Planchonella House rethinks the subtropical condition. Obvious references to South American architecture are not misplaced given that we share the same latitude. The house is not just an object in the landscape – the building and landscape work together to enclose and expand space in plan and section. In contrast to a “touch the earth lightly” approach, deft site manipulation of the steep terrain renders useable outdoor space at the living level. Clever planning maintains transparency to the landscape without compromising privacy. Courtyard and living areas separate sleeping areas. Modes of occupation are implied rather than prescribed through an articulated plan. This house is refreshingly old-fashioned in its passive attitude to climate control. The thermal mass of…