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Houses Issue 107 December

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!

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Architecture Media Pty Ltd
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IN THIS ISSUE

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welcome

Each year as the summer holidays approach I start planning to get out of the city and recharge. Living in Australia, we are spoilt for choice in getaway locations. The variety of landscapes here is unsurpassable – we can immerse ourselves in the turquoise blue ocean of Far North Queensland, the red earth of Central Australia, the luscious green grass of the hinterlands and the greys of the southern seas. Beyond holidaying, responding to these undeniably awe-inspiring landscapes is one of the real delights of being an architect or designer in Australia. Villa Marittima on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula by Robin Williams Architect (cover and page 38) offers a full view of the horizon along St Andrews Beach. The architect has carefully considered the theatre of arrival: a large polycarbonate front door…

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out & about

01 2016 Houses Awards Entries close 18 March 2016 Register now to enter the 2016 Houses Awards, our annual program celebrating Australia’s best residential projects. Pictured is Planchonella House by Jesse Bennett Architect, the 2015 Australian House of the Year and winner of the New House over 200 square metres category. housesawards.com.au 02 The Big Design Market 4–6 December 2015 Get your Christmas shopping done at this year’s Big Design Market, to be held at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building. The market will host more than 230 stallholders, including designers Volker Haug, Bridget Bodenham and Beci Orpin. thebigdesignmarket.com 03 MPavilion event program On until 7 February 2016 Designed by Amanda Levete of London-based architecture practice AL_A, Melbourne’s second MPavilion will host a program of talks, workshops, performances and installations over the summer months that explore the…

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contributors

WRITER Nicola Balch Nicola Balch holds degrees in media and architecture and has a background in art and social advocacy. She has contributed to many publications and currently works in urban design and landscape architecture at McGregor Coxall. PHOTOGRAPHER Sonia Mangiapane Sonia Mangiapane is a photographer interested in architecture, spaces, art and design-related projects. She relocated to Amsterdam from Melbourne in 2012 and continues to work for architectural, commercial and editorial clients while pursuing her personal work. PHOTOGRAPHER Brett Boardman Brett Boardman is a commercial photographer and a key collaborator at architecture practice Terroir. He graduated with a degree in architecture from the University of Sydney and had a stunningly short career. Unable to escape architecture, he now spends all of his time photographing it. WRITER Michael Keniger Michael Keniger was Queensland Government Architect from 1999 to 2006. He has extensive…

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chris major & david welsh of welsh + major architects

Time and again in our conversation about their residential architecture, David Welsh and Christine Major return to the idea of “stitching things into the landscape.” The couple, who have been in practice together for eleven years and life partners for much longer, met at the University of Newcastle and began their careers working with major firms in London, Melbourne and Sydney before establishing Welsh and Major Architects in Sydney. While their portfolio of commercial and civic projects is growing, their residential work is already well awarded for artfully expressing “the spectacle of the ordinary” – their own idiosyncratic approach to turning domestic rituals into moments of joy. In their latest project, Toxteth House in Sydney’s Glebe, the architects challenged the default position of simply opening a terrace up at the back, shifting…

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our palette

01 Custom orb cladding Welsh and Major enjoys using this quintessential building material because it is easily transportable, robust and simple. The striking form of the Venus Bay House is clad in Custom orb. lysaght.com 02 Birch plywood Sharp, sophisticated and sustainable, this material starts out crisp and beautiful and then ages with honeyed tones over time, as seen here at The Garden Project. It also has the ability to take the knocks and scrapes of family life. wisaplywood.com 03 Saarinen side and dining tables Welsh and Major has never chosen the Saarinen side or dining tables, but interestingly its clients do. Nearly sixty years old, Eero Saarinen’s pedestal tables in various sizes and shapes are still among the most elegant and refined pieces of furniture. knoll.comdedece.com 04 Marseille terracotta tiles Terracotta is a natural material shaped…

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bookshelf

01 House Vision: New Spaces for Japanese Residential Architecture BY Masahiro Miyake (ed) (Images Publishing, 2015) PP 256 • RRP $50 Japanese architecture is widely admired for its space-saving ingenuity, attention to craft and detailing, and its respect for traditional Japanese customs and beliefs. House Vision: New Spaces for Japanese Residential Architecture, edited by architect Masahiro Miyake, takes a look at some of Japan’s finest architect-designed homes. The book is divided into three chapters: Simple Style, Modern Japanese Style and Natural Style. Within these image-rich chapters, coverage of each project includes useful technical information and architect’s drawings. The central garden courtyard is a strong theme in many of the projects, highlighting the value that Japanese culture places on manifestations of nature in the home. The book offers a valuable reference for architects,…

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