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 / Art & Architecture

Houses Issue 106 October

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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Simple box-shaped houses are not new in architecture – they became popular with the modernist movement in the early twentieth century. But how do you make a box interesting? Many of the homes in this issue are rectilinear in exterior form, with a strong street presence that might intrigue passers-by as to what is happening behind the bold facade. The Francis Street House by architect Matthew Eagle (page 62) is particularly intriguing. The Gold Coast home is not curious because of its shape; in fact, the boxy form is in line with the informal simplicity of the traditional fibro beach shack. It is curious because of its colour: black homes are not often seen in the context of “clarifying coastal light.” The surrounding streetscape is “a muddle, assembled over time” –…

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out & about

01 Superhouse: Architecture and interiors beyond the everyday On until 29 November 2015 Check out an exhibition by Karen McCartney that explores local and international examples of a “superhouse.” The criteria for what makes a house “super” is highly personal – so this exhibition, held at the Museum of Sydney, provokes thought about what “superhouse” means to you. sydneylivingmuseums.com.au 02 Robin Boyd Foundation open days 8 and 28 November 2015 The Robin Boyd Foundation is hosting a series of open days that showcase award-winning residential work. On Sunday 8 November, you’ll be able to visit Villa Marittima at St Andrews Beach, Victoria by Robin Williams Architect, a project that received a commendation in the New House Over 200 Square Metres category in the 2015 Houses Awards. On Saturday 28 November, you’ll be able…

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WRITER Jennifer Calzini Jennifer Calzini is an architect and associate director in the national design team at interdisciplinary property consultancy firm Urbis. Jennifer’s interests are progressive and socially responsive design. PHOTOGRAPHER Sharyn Cairns Sharyn Cairns is at the forefront of commercial photography in Australia, with a specialist portfolio spanning interiors, food, travel and lifestyle. She creates beautiful images that capture a mood and an emotion, playing with light and shadows to create distinctive, memorable scenes. PHOTOGRAPHER Peter Clarke Peter Clarke is a Melbourne-based architectural photographer with more than twenty years’ experience working with architectural practices, designers, advertising agencies and industry members. WRITER Stuart Harrison Stuart Harrison is director of architectural practice HAW and a design review expert. He has taught widely in design and architectural history at RMIT University and Monash University. Stuart hosted The Architects radio show from 2004 to…

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wei shun lee & kieron gait of kieron gait architects

Kieron Gait Architects was established in Brisbane in 2008. The co-directors, architect Kieron Gait and interior designer Wei Shun Lee, set up a home office in suburban Balmoral just before the birth of their first child. The couple had cut their teeth on large commercial projects in Woods Bagot’s Brisbane office and, in Kieron’s case, on significant residential work for Kirk (formerly Richard Kirk Architect). Their humble weatherboard house-cum-office, circa 1961, was used as a laboratory for a suite of architectural notions that have since been further unravelled and elaborated on in an ever-growing portfolio of delightful residential projects. In the past seven years, the practice has moved to a commercial office and expanded to a studio of six. While residential work is still a focus, commercial, public and community projects…

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our palette • materials & finishes •

01 Spotted gum Local timber is often used by the practice as part of a dark palette, along with stone, concrete and steel, seen here at Bardon Residence. Timber complements a vibrant green backdrop. The oil finish is soft to touch and gives the timber grain a lustre that catches daylight. 02 Imagecrete decorative concrete Indooroopilly Residence features Imagecrete in ‘Raven’ as structural off-form concrete. Imagecrete offers different colours and decorative aggregate that can be combined and finished to achieve the desired look. hanson.com.au 03 Dulux paint in ‘Whisper White’ A crisp yet warm white, Dulux’s ‘Whisper White’ is used by the practice to contrast the natural materials in its palette. The white surfaces in the practice’s projects are often carved solid volumes designed to catch light. dulux.com.au 04 Aneeta sashless windows Simple openings allow the view to dominate.…

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01 The Japanese House Reinvented BY Philip Jodidio (Thames & Hudson, 2015) PP 288 RRP $70 “While Western eyes see little presence of nature in Japanese cities, the Japanese themselves perceive views of the sky or sunlight inside a house as manifestations of nature – an important element in day-to-day life.” And with that sentiment, author Philip Jodidio explains the relevance and appeal of Japanese architecture that far transcends the nation’s borders. The Japanese House Reinvented takes the reader on a tour through fifty residences in Japan, including projects by Pritzker Prize winners Tadao Ando, Shigeru Ban and Kazuyo Sejima. Meticulous descriptions, quality photographs and architectural drawings detail innovative responses to issues of light, material, urban density and extreme seismic pressures. It’s easy to become lost in this thought-provoking hardback. Although,…