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 / Art & Architecture

Houses Issue 109 April 2016

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 a person is well travelled, with fascinating tales of adventure, broad knowledge of the world and diverse friendships, their personality tends to have a richness to it. If you personify the house, it’s a similar story – there is a richness to those houses with narratives of inhabitation, layers of history and shared memories. So how does a new house or renovation, without the benefit of these stories and historical layers, avoid being sterile or characterless? One of the ways architects and designers are adding character to new residential architecture is through a layering of materials and textures. Our cover project, Rosalie House by Owen Architecture (page 64), is a new home without the “shininess” of something new. The combination of materials such as recycled clay roof tiles, painted weatherboards…

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out & about

01 2016 Houses Awards shortlist announcement 22 April 2016 Keep an eye out for the 2016 Houses Awards shortlist, published online on Friday 22 April. Don’t forget to mark the details for the awards presentation night in your diary: Friday 22 July at Doltone House Hyde Park, Sydney. Ticket sales commence in May. housesawards.com.au 02 Hard Edge: Abstract Sculpture 1960s–70s On until July 2016 Visit the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia to explore the decades during which Australian sculptors experimented with new ideas and embraced a new style of abstraction, tending towards the minimal style seen in New York City. Thirteen sculptures will be exhibited, including work by Ron Robertson-Swann (pictured), Clement Meadmore, Inge King and Jock Clutterbuck. ngv.vic.gov.au 03 100 Chairs in 100 Days: Martino Gamper On until 9 April 2016 Experience a quirky…

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WRITER Helen Norrie Helen Norrie is an academic in the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Tasmania, and founder of the Regional Urban Studies Laboratory. She also contributes to Houses and Architecture Australia magazines. PHOTOGRAPHER Tatjana Plitt Tatjana Plitt is an award-winning artist and architecture/interiors photographer based in Melbourne. Inspired by the power of architecture to shape how we feel, think and behave, Tatjana creates images that capture the mood and emotion of spaces. She has exhibited her work throughout Australia and internationally. PHOTOGRAPHER Justin Alexander Justin Alexander graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Laws but decided to swap the books and boardroom for a camera. Justin now works with some of Australia’s leading architects and contributes regularly to architecture and interiors publications. WRITER Marcus Baumgart Marcus Baumgart is a founding partner of…

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martin stephenson & craig rosevear of rosevear stephenson architects

In this time of overt marketing and pervasive social media, it is interesting that Rosevear Stephenson Architects does not have a practised rhetoric regarding its work. Conversing with the two partners – Craig Rosevear and Martin Stephenson – there are few pre-prepared answers to my questions about the practice and yet their responses and their designs reflect a very consistent approach to making places for clients. While they revel in conversation about architecture, I interpret theirs as a quiet approach that is much more about the doing than the talking. Craig and Martin crossed paths in several work contexts before forming their partnership. Both did part of their training at the University of Tasmania, with Craig tutoring Martin at one point, and they join a number of local architects who have…

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our palette

01 Fagerhult Gaudi Linear light This simple, suspended fitting works well as a subtle feature light, often used by Rosevear Stephenson Architects over a dining table. The light’s dimmable control adds a useful functionality that is not uncommon in similar fittings. fagerhult.com 02 Stone Like concrete, stone ages with grace and develops a patina with age. It is a fundamental element of nature that has been used over time in all manner of buildings – we can easily feel a connection to stone when it is used in architecture, such as the floor of the Sullivan and Holm House (pictured). 03 Concrete This structural material can be left exposed to add character to a space. Whether it is a rough off-form concrete wall or a polished floor such as at Rocky Hills Retreat (pictured), concrete…

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01 Building and Living in Communities BY Annette Becker, Laura Kienbaum, Kristien Ring and Peter Cachola Schmal (eds) (Birkhäuser, 2015) PP 240 • RRP $135 Complementing an exhibition of the same name, Building and Living in Communities presents a thorough investigation of a theme that is pertinent to the future of housing. Written in both English and German, the book explores a range of housing typologies, including apartment buildings, semidetached dwellings, conversions and mixed-use buildings. Data such as the total area of communal space and total cost per square metre, along with architectural drawings and schematic diagrams, allow for easy comparisons between the projects. While the selection of projects is Eurocentric, the core ideas are relevant to an expanding global population. The sheer resolve of the individuals behind these communal living projects is…