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 / Art & Architecture

Houses Issue 111 August 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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Last year was the first time that an emerging architecture practice was awarded Australian House of the Year at the Houses Awards (Planchonella House by Jesse Bennett Architect), and this year is the first time that the highest accolade has been received for the design of an apartment. Darling Point Apartment by Chenchow Little (page 18) is a refined and joyful interior that reveals its beauty in the detail. This dwelling, which also won the Apartment or Unit category, demonstrates that an apartment can be “designed with the same warmth and sophistication as a detached house.” The 2016 Houses Awards jury was particularly taken with the response to the brief, which called for a design that could house a significant collection of Australian art in a relatively compact space. This…

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out & about

01 Brisbane Open House 8–9 October 2016 Enjoy a weekend exploring exemplary Brisbane buildings, from private homes to historic landmarks and significant institutional structures. This year’s program includes Left Over Space House (pictured) by owners and architects Rebekah and Casey Vallance (Cultivar and Cox Rayner Architects), Archibald Street House by Kevin O’Brien Architects, In-between Room by Phorm Architecture and Design and Sweeney Residence by Drewe and Pestorius. brisbaneopenhouse.com.au 02 Esther Stewart: How to Decorate a Dump On until 11 September 2016 Immerse yourself in artist Esther Stewart’s creative enquiry into the aesthetics and ethos of do-it-yourself home improvements. Held at the Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne, this exhibition is a colourful, three-dimensional diorama that references the ornaments of domestic interiors such as awnings, balustrades, lattices and tiles. heide.com.au 03 2016 Regional Architecture…

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houses awards jury

Karen Alcock Karen is the director of MA Architects (MAA), a Melbourne-based architecture practice recognized for its commitment to innovative housing. Karen established MAA in 2009 after ten years as a director of Neometro. Adrian Iredale Adrian has extensive experience in a range of projects, including single residential, multiresidential, environmental, urban design and institutional architecture. Adrian has worked in Berlin, Germany as a project architect with Professor Manfred Schiedhelm, creating new housing prototypes for up to ten thousand residents. In 1999 he founded the architecture practice Iredale Pedersen Hook, with Finn Pedersen and Martyn Hook. Virginia Kerridge Virginia is principal of Virginia Kerridge Architect, a Sydney-based practice that specializes in contemporary housing and commercial design. The practice works in both city and country areas, on projects ranging from new single houses to adaptation and alteration…

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darling point apartment by chenchow little

Nothing about this home is average – from the significant collection of Australian art it houses to the spectacular view it embraces – and Chenchow Little’s refined and surprising design is the perfect match. The interior is reminiscent of the 1950s dwellings of postwar immigrants, where an appreciation for art was reflected in every part of the home design. This project represents a refined interpretation. The bright Esther Stewart artwork in the lift sits in contrast with the floating American oak and painted white steel joinery that define each room and elongate the sense of spatial depth. The timber is repeated on the floors and ceiling, intensifying the contrast to the views of the harbour beyond. There is much joy in what lies behind the surface. Open the moveable panels and you…

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naranga avenue house by james russell architect

Naranga Avenue House by James Russell Architect stood out clear of the pack in the New House under 200 m category. The project has a sublime, ephemeral quality, with a simple skin of delicate breezeblocks. A close collaboration between architect and engineer made the modular timber frame and skin work with minimal steel. This clear idea for shelter provides occupants with protection that shields them from the sun, lets breezes through the dwelling and mitigates the wet weather (turning heavy rain into a light mist), while also providing for essential privacy and security in the eclectic Florida Gardens 1960s canal estate siting. The focus for the project then becomes the internal courtyard gardens, a transitional series of spaces that celebrates a democratic freedom in the plan – connecting and placing you in…

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deepwater by tobias partners

Deepwater is a refined project that brings an understated elegance to its dramatic Bondi Beach ocean-front location. The multi-level off-form concrete structure is a delicate contextual response to the adjacent Art Deco and inter-war apartment buildings and can be occupied as a single house or easily split into two separate apartments to accommodate extended family or friends. The jury was impressed with the handling of this difficult site, particularly in consideration of the local council’s stringent planning requirements. The house is not overly ostentatious; rather, it is clever and efficient in its relatively modest configuration to deliver a clear vision and resolute architecture in the design concept of “house as tower.” It responds with grace to the curious rugged, eroded rock base and established urban character. Detailing throughout is simple and…