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 / Art & Architecture

Houses Issue 117 August 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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Our 2017 Australian House of the Year is a celebration of Australian life in the suburbs and a “critical piece of city-making.” Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peters (page 18) respects the vernacular of the original Queenslander, with the new spaces reinforcing a connection to the backyard. This house offers “an inventive model for working with traditional housing on suburban blocks and provides an intelligent and poetic paradigm for current practice,” wrote the jury. The home also jointly won the House Alteration and Addition under 200 square metres category with Branch Studio Architects’ project A Pavilion Between Trees (page 36). The suburban condition is also revered in the design for Burleigh Street House by ME (winner of House Alteration and Addition over 200 square metres, page 40). This house sits ona…

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out & about

01 Brisbane Open House 7–8 October 2017 Now in its eighth year, Brisbane Open House will see iconic public and private buildings throw open their doors for the architectural community and design enthusiasts. The diverse program, held over two days, includes more than eighty of the city’s most loved and admired buildings, plus guided tours, workshops and other activities. Monaise by Shaun Lockyer Architects (pictured) is one of the outstanding homes on the 2017 Brisbane Open House list. brisbaneopenhouse.com.au 02 A Modernist Season On until 26 November 2017 A Modernist Season is a program of exhibitions and talks at the RoseSeidler House and the Museum of Sydney, along with exclusive tours of some of the best examples of modernist private homes in the city.The program celebrates the era’s signature elements and the architects,designers and craftspeople who helped shape…

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houses awards jury

Richard Kirk Richard is the principal director of Kirk, which he established in 1995, after graduating from the University of Queensland in 1991 with First Class Honours. The practice has studios in Brisbane, Beijing and Kuala Lumpur. Wendy Lewin Wendy is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and currently heads her own architecture studio. Since graduating in architecture from the University of Sydney she has held leading positions in private practice and is the recipient of state, national and international awards for her built work and contribution to architecture, education and the architecture profession. Ian Moore Ian is the principal of Ian Moore Architects, a multidisciplinary practice established in 1990. The practice has won numerous national and international awards and has been exhibited in Australia and around the world, including Singapore, Bangkok, Tokyo,…

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auchenflower house

• BRISBANE, QLD • This project is distinguished by its deceptive simplicity. It is the result of the architecture practice’s sustained investigations into the Queensland vernacular, and the straightforward application and sensory qualities of utilitarian materials. By identifying “the private house as a critical piece of city-making,” the architects confer on this project a commonly missed role. In detail, the interpretation of the brief and site aligns with Fernando Távora’s idea that “each case is a case.” The architects’ siting strategy explores the potential of quiet suburban spaces and associations, apparent and real boundaries and notions of private and communal space. The building forms, scale, plans, details, composition and sections acknowledge the suburban street-corner relationship, making beautiful connections with the carefully observed conditions of the site. Auchenflower House offers an inventive model for working with…

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balnarring retreat

• MORNINGTON PENINSULA, VIC • Plan 1:200 Balnarring Retreat is a humble, hardworking dwelling that offers flexibility in use through cleverly crafted, simple, low-tech operable systems. Whether used as a studio or private residence, it is a place to slow down and retreat from the frantic pace of contemporary life. The honest materiality creates a simple palette, strengthening the dwelling’s connection with the surrounding native landscape. The jury was taken withthe idea that this compact and efficient building could be easily adapted to suit multiple and varied locations – a prototype for considered, easy-to-construct and affordable homes. This little retreat reminds us that you don’t need much space or technology to enjoy the pleasures of life. The building is a delightful response to a complex brief and limited budget. It relies on the simplicity…

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fish creek house

• GIPPSLAND, VIC • Plan 1:400 An abstract object sits embedded in the landscape – a long, highly textured wall wrapping three black timber pavilions and enclosing five courtyards. The structures offer shelter from the at-times harsh climate, as well as views over the extraordinary landscape and coastline to the east. The textured brick wall, with its carefully curated mortar jointing, anchors the building to the site. Its earthen materiality is attuned to the landscape, mediating between screening a busy road to the west and opening up to the view. The planning of the house into three discrete pavilions separated by courtyards allows for the entry of northern light along its length, and for the incremental shutting down or opening up of the house to suit either its owners – an elderly couple –…