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Houses Issue 112 October 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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Do constraints and restrictions, such as difficult sites, small footprints and heritage overlays, inspire the creation of more interesting architecture? Architects are, by nature, problem solvers. Many of the architects featured in this issue have not simply overcome challenges, they have turned these challenges into opportunities and in doing so have designed creative and innovative homes. Inner-city sites often come with strict design constraints and Little O’Grady Residence by Ha (page 124) is an example of this. Located on a blue-chip site with a heritage overlay and unforgiving dimensions, this home “[steps] in and out where required to accommodate the building program and onerous setbacks, [with] careful incisions admit[ting] light where possible.” To accommodate a roof terrace within the height restrictions, the living room has been sunk below ground level by…

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out & about

01 Sydney Open 5–6 November Don’t miss the chance to see inside Sydney’s most loved heritage buildings, architectural treasures and contemporary designs during Sydney Living Museums’ Sydney Open. More than fifty buildings will be open for one day only, 6 November. Special Focus Tours will run for the first time this year, to be held on 5 November, when ticketholders can gain exclusive access to projects such as the Jackson-Sutton Residence by Smart Design Studio (pictured). sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/sydneyopen 02 Streets of your town 11 October and 18 October, 9.30 pm on ABC Tune in to the ABC to follow Tim “Rosso” Ross – comedian, broadcaster and architecture enthusiast – on his journey that explores how and why our suburbs look the way they do. In this two-part television series, Tim asks the question, “from…

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WRITER Andrea Huelin Andrea Huelin is a visual artist, writer and arts planning consultant based in Cairns, Far North Queensland. She has a particular interest in public art and the tropical built environment. PHOTOGRAPHER David Sievers David Sievers has been photographing architecture since 1999. He creates simple yet striking images that not only document but also celebrate each project he photographs. PHOTOGRAPHER Dan Hocking Dan Hocking is a Melbourne-based commercial and fine art photographer who specializes in the built environment. He works with architects, developers and agencies, and produces personal work locally and internationally. WRITER Rebecca Gross Rebecca Gross is a freelance writer and design historian. She has a master’s degree from Parsons School of Design and writes about cultural history through the lens of architecture and design.…

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eva-marie prineas of architect prineas

Architects often get wistful as they recall their first and leanest project. For Eva-Marie Prineas, it is a very compact warehouse apartment in Sydney’s Darlington that has this effect. The apartment was completed for and by herself and her husband, on a budget of less than $50,000. Most of those funds were spent on joinery, but some simple yet dramatic elements that were used (the blackened plywood floors and big pivot doors, for example) remain a preoccupation of the practice today. The couple reluctantly sold the apartment in 2011 when their small boys got “more wriggly,” and they moved to an old Victorian terrace in the inner west, which they are now about to rework. The tradition of fusing old with new is a very strong thread in Eva-Marie’s work and…

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our palette

01 Vola tapware Architect Prineas likes to specify Vola products because the brand is “underpinned by a sense of respect for design and design heritage, while also endorsing sustainable practices in material selection and production processes,” an ideology that is very close to the intent of the practice. The Vola KV1-500T1 kitchen mixer is seen here at Apartment Finger Wharf. en.vola.com 02 Custom handles The practice often custom-designs joinery and doorhandles, such as the oversized doorhandle to a child’s bedroom at House Elysium (pictured). The doorhandle incorporates the finishes used in the bedroom joinery. 03 Artek Stool 60 The Artek Stool 60 is a quintessential functionalist piece. The simple and elegant seat is sturdy and light. Architect Prineas likes to specify the stool as it can be used across a range of settings in a…

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01 New Nordic Design BY Dorothea Gundtoft (Thames & Hudson, 2015) PP 256 • RRP $43 Recognizing the resounding impact that Scandinavian design has had on the global scene since around the mid-century, New Nordic Design author Dorothea Gundtoft has put together an appealing portrait of architectural, interior, furniture and product designers from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and beyond. The book takes a three-fold approach to its representation of this hugely popular style: it identifies influential figures in Nordic design, such as furniture and lighting company Artek and ceramics company Arabia; it presents profiles on new companies in the industry, such as &Tradition and Hay; and features profiles on writers and editors concerned with Nordic design. This is a beautiful source book that presents fresh inspiration with an emphasis on contemporary Scandinavian…