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Houses Issue 114 February 2017

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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More and more apartment designs are landing in my inbox. Sometimes they are renovations of existing units; other times they are a collection of new townhouses where a single dwelling once stood. Of course, there is a huge variety in the quality of the architecture and interior design among submissions, but nevertheless, this reminds us that the Australian homeownership “dream” is slowly updating to suit twenty-first-century lifestyles. A new generation is investing in smaller spaces, closer to amenity. This shift, in which the distinction between a house and an apartment is beginning to dissolve, is reflected in the type of homes that we cover in Houses. In fact, this issue features three apartment or townhouse designs – and it could have been four or five, but we’ve saved a couple…

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out & about

01 Houses Awards Enter now – entries close 17 March 2017 The Houses Awards is an annual program celebrating Australia’s best houses, apartments and gardens, and the contribution that architects and designers make to enhancing the way we live today. Excellence is awarded in nine categories, with the best house receiving the premier award of Australian House of the Year. 02 Our Houses: city living in Brisbane and Seoul 25 March 2017 As part of the two-week Asia Pacific Architecture Forum in Brisbane, Houses magazine will present a conversation on working within the increasing density of our cities and suburbs. Speakers at the event, held at Brickworks Brisbane Design Studio, will include Seoul-based Sojung Lee and Sangjoon Kwak of OBBA and Brisbane-based Justin O’Neill of O’Neill Architecture. 03 Diversity and Community 2017…

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WRITER Margie Fraser Margie Fraser is the Brisbane editor of Houses and Artichoke, and a writer specializing in design, art and architecture. She also promotes emerging designers through consultancies and publicity work. PHOTOGRAPHER Peter Bennetts Peter Bennetts is a Melbourne-based globe-roaming architectural photographer whose work appears in internationally acclaimed publications. PHOTOGRAPHER Sam Noonan Sam Noonan has been creating architectural and interior images since 1990. He brings this experience, an acute eye for detail and love of light to each image and project. WRITER Hayley Curnow Hayley Curnow is an interior designer at Geyer Perth and a writer for various architectural publications, including Houses and Artichoke magazines. Hayley finds delight in the finer details of a project and is particularly interested in the way interior spaces can shape our everyday experience.…

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steve grieve, paul gillett & dimitty andersen of grieve gillett andersen

Observing Steve Grieve, Paul Gillett and Dimitty Andersen in a relaxed workplace setting is like watching old friends at a barbecue. The three directors of Grieve Gillett Andersen (GGA) have an effortless ease with each other and mutual respect is admirable. Given that theirs is a “professional marriage,” following the 2014 merger of Grieve Gillett and Dimitty Andersen Architects, this camaraderie is critical to the twenty-eight-member-strong practice. As Steve says, “We take our job very seriously, but not ourselves.” The merger of two of Adelaide’s most prominent architecture practices was motivated by a timely need for growth and development. For Dimitty, the desire to work on bigger projects meant that she required a larger support base. Steve and Paul, on the other hand, wanted to supplement their expertise with the type…

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our palette

01 Pacific teak timber cladding GGA specifies pacific teak, a timber sourced from the Solomon Islands, for its ability to withstand extreme weather conditions, such as at Goolwa Beach House. Its highly stable state results in reduced shrinkage and better performance than Australian hardwoods. 02 Saltino Capri limestone This is a warm and milky stone product, as seen on the floor of Jane’s House, that appeals to GGA as it works well inside and out and comes with a suite of sizes, thicknesses and finishes. 03 Bowral 50 Bricks These bricks have a unique proportional quality that provides GGA projects with a point of difference, as seen here in ‘Chillingham White’ at House on Mayfair. 04 Hebel PowerPanel The Hebel PowerPanel provides a cost-effective and efficient alternative to masonry. GGA appreciates the flexibility and…

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01 Scandinavia Dreaming: Nordic Homes, Interiors and Design BY Angel Trinidad and Gestalten (eds) (Gestalten, 2016) PP 288 • RRP $95 Scandinavia Dreaming kicks off with the notion that northern European countries are well known not only for their quality design but also for their high ranking in measures of national “happiness,” economic competitiveness and quality education and social welfare. In terms of quality of living, the book prompts the reader to ask, “What are Scandinavian countries doing better than everyone else and how can other countries follow suit?” Following the more thought-provoking introduction, the content falls into a prosaic format by profiling companies, designers, brands, architects, stylists and photographers from Norway, Finland, Denmark, Iceland and Sweden. Scandinavia Dreaming is a useful source book for Scandinavian furniture, homewares and interior design, with…