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Houses Issue 113 December 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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Spatial manipulation is the trick of the trade when it comes to architecture. With the continuing prevalence of open-plan living areas in Australian homes, there is often a desire to break down this one, large space into discrete zones or to build flexibility into the space that allows the compartmentalization of functional zones as required. The adaptation of space to suit varying needs was an important consideration in Maria Danos Architecture’s design of the Luxe Ten apartment (page 44). Intended to be used for short-stay accommodation, this home needed to allow different guests to adapt the space to suit themselves. A centrally located drum made from a series of timber battens has been inserted into this otherwise open-plan apartment. The drum contains a study, but is also big enough to fit…

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out & about

01 Houses Awards Entries close 17 March 2017 Register now to enter the 2017 Houses Awards, our annual program celebrating Australia’s best residential projects. Pictured is Darling Point Apartment by Chenchow Little, the 2016 Australian House of the Year and winner of the Apartment or Unit category. housesawards.com.au 02 At Home: Modern Australian Design On until 22 January 2017 Enjoy a display of objects by some of Australia’s leading contemporary designers, including Adam Goodrum, Charles Wilson, Lucy McRae, Marc Newson and Kate Rohde, all within the historic setting of Sydney’s Old Government House. Curated by David Clark, this exhibition will celebrate Australian domestic life and ask us to consider where Australian interior design has come from and where it is going. nationaltrust.org.au/nsw 03 The Big Design Market 2–4 December 2016 Discover the best of local…

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WRITER Harriet Edquist Harriet Edquist is professor of architectural history and director of the Design Archives at RMIT University, Melbourne. She is an author and curator and has published widely on Australian architecture, design and art. PHOTOGRAPHER Mindi Cooke Mindi Cooke is an established Brisbane-based creative specializing in interiors, food and lifestyle. Working proficiently in both editorial and commercial capacities, Mindi is known for her intuitive style and collaborative approach. PHOTOGRAPHER Tom Blachford Melbourne-based photographer Tom Blachford has a compulsion for capturing the built environment and a penchant for mid-century furniture and design. You can often find him basking in the moonlight in Palm Springs, California while working on his Midnight Modern series. WRITER Marcus Baumgart Marcus Baumgart is founding partner of Baumgart Clark Architects, based in Melbourne, Australia. He is a long-time freelance contributor to Architecture Media magazines, and the…

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paul hotston of phorm architecture + design

It’s no small gesture that Phorm Architecture and Design’s Paul Hotston inscribed the lyrics of The Go-Betweens’ song “Cattle and Cane” onto the timber beams of a recent project. Like everything made by Paul as director of his sixteen-year-old practice, the inscription was an act of consideration, poetry and reverence for place. The lines may well define the location of many of Phorm’s projects in regional Queensland or those that thread in and around Brisbane’s Queenslander homes: I recall a schoolboy coming home / Through fields of cane / To a house of tin and timber / And in the sky / A rain of falling cinders … The lyrics have their permanent place in the tower annexe of the much-awarded In-Between Room (see Houses 98), tattooed into the home’s bones…

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our palette

01 Galvanized steel Phorm has adapted the timber culture of Queenslanders into a galvanized steel version at House in Hamilton. The integral finish and patina add to the experience of the house and the undercroft soffits are lined with flat steel sheets to reflect the surrounding greenery and create a fifth elevation to the street. watkinssteel.com.au 02 Collaborations Phorm likes to integrate pieces from various artists and craftspeople in its work. At House in Hamilton, Roy Schack Fine Furniture contributed some joinery pieces, seen here, and Akane Moriyama produced a curtain made of what is traditionally used as an aluminium agricultural screen. royschack.comakanemoriyama.com 03 Hoop pine plywood The practice enjoys the warmth and inherent beauty of local hoop pine plywood, as seen here at In-Between Room. This material has the capacity to reference the charm…

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01 This Building Likes Me BY John Wardle Architects (Thames & Hudson, 2016) PP 440 • RRP $120 This Building Likes Me doesn’t follow the usual maxims of the architectural monograph. Although thorough (and hefty), this book eschews chronology, opting for a layered and non-linear layout. The new monograph of Melbourne architecture practice John Wardle Architects (JWA) presents pairs of projects, in which a commonality provides a framework for the comparison and discussion of JWA’s oeuvre of work. These pairings or “coincidences” provide enormous insight into the practice’s methodologies. Respected architectural critics, writers and practitioners have been invited to offer short and sharp anecdotes on buildings by JWA, personal reflections on John Wardle and observations on the practice. A common thread throughout is the collaborative workings of JWA, illustrated by the multitude of…