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 / Art & Architecture

Houses Issue 110 June 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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Most standout residential architecture follows the mantra of “quality not quantity.” The quality of a space is not just about the quality of the materials, fittings and furnishings used, but also about the way it makes people feel and whether it makes the most of its environment. It is the seemingly invisible design moves made by the architect or designer that can lift a space to the next level of comfort and enjoyment. Such spaces enhance our day-to-day wellbeing, in terms of both our health and our happiness. Unfurled House by Christopher Polly Architect (page 76) uses an interplay between “sensual curve and straight edge” to add spatial drama to the addition to a Sydney Federation home. This arrangement is not only about aesthetics, but also part of a clever planning…

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out & about

01 2016 Houses Awards announcement 22 July 2016 Join hundreds of your peers to celebrate the winners and commended projects in the 2016 Houses Awards, to be announced at a presentation party at Sydney’s Doltone House Hyde Park. Book your tickets now. housesawards.com.au 02 2016 Intergrain Timber Vision Awards Entries close 26 June 2016 This awards program celebrates the progessive ways in which timber is used. There are categories for Residential Interior, Residential Exterior, Commercial Interior, Commercial Exterior, Landscape and Young Architect. Each category winner receives $2,000 in prize money, 100 litres of Intergrain product and national exposure in Architecture Australia. In addition, this year a $15,000 Travel Bursary will be awarded to an architectural or landscape architectural firm for innovative use of timber over the last ten years. Seen here is last…

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WRITER Michelle Bailey Michelle Bailey is a Brisbane-based freelance writer and a graduate of architecture from the University of Queensland. She writes for local and national publications, including for Houses and Artichoke magazines. PHOTOGRAPHER Douglas Frost Douglas Frost’s background in architecture and lighting informs his approach to photography. Whether he is shooting intimate spaces or buildings and forms on a grand scale, his natural curiosity about the interaction between people, space and light is ever-present in his work. PHOTOGRAPHER Michael Nicholson Michael Nicholson has been an architectural photographer for more than thirty years, including a time working with Max Dupain. He still enjoys it as much as ever. WRITER Paul Morgan Paul Morgan is director of Paul Morgan Architects. The practice designed the Cape Schanck House, which was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects Robin Boyd Award for residential architecture in…

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alison nobbs & sean radford of nobbs radford architects

It’s always refreshing to meet a couple whose tendencies or obsessions complement each other in architectural practice. Alison Nobbs describes Sean Radford as “uncompromising, more myopic” and herself as the one who “declares the more obvious or known path.” In the early stages of a project, they bat ideas around together. Though they try to leave work at work, some discussion creeps round the dinner table, and visual references are drawn from all parts of life. The pair met while studying at the University of New South Wales – they started at different times (Sean first wandered through fine arts, graphics and a year of science), but finished architecture in the same year. Alison did stints with Caroline Pidcock, Nick Murcutt and Lahz Nimmo Architects, and Sean went from Allen Jack…

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our palette

01 Douglas fir timber flooring This timber flooring can be specified in extra-long lengths to avoid end joints, allowing the creation of an expansive, continuous floor plane. Nobbs Radford Architects also likes the colouring of the timber – it is neutral and doesn’t dominate the space, as seen here at the Glebe House. dinesen.com 02 Modular lighting The practice prefers to use light fittings that aren’t obvious and can be integrated into the architecture, as seen here at the Birchgrove House. jsblighting.com.au 03 L’Invisibile door system This door system sits perfectly flush with the wall and eliminates the need for visible jambs, architraves or exposed hinges as seen here at the Glebe House. The L’Invisibile door system makes it easy to fully customize an area. edilart.com.au 04 Japanese timber baths Japanese timber baths are beautifully crafted objects…

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01 Infinite Space: Contemporary Residential Architecture and Interiors BY James Silverman, Robert Klanten (eds) (Gestalten, 2016) PP 272 • RRP $99.50 Pools, pergolas and patios –Infinite Space is all about bringing the outdoors in and the indoors out. These “dream houses with a view” are imaginative architectural responses to the inspiring environments in which they are sited. Remote cabins, island getaways, mountain lodges and Japanese bathhouses are designed to provide uninterrupted flows between their interiors and wider environs. Generous decks and pools border many of the houses, and openings are used liberally to frame spectacular views. Infinite Space has a global scope, with many of the projects featured located in Scandinavia or South America. Full-page imagery is complemented with brief project descriptions, providing glimpses into the occupants’ (outdoor) lifestyles. 02 XS: Small…