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Houses Issue 118 October 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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3 min.
out & about

The indoor–outdoor connection is one of the most discussed and desirable aspects of residential architecture. We’ve also become indoor plant obsessed. But what are the reasons behind this desire to be connected with nature? “Biophilia” is a term first used by psychologist Erich Fromm in 1964 and popularized by biologist Edward O. Wilson in his 1984 book Biophilia. In basic terms it denotes the love of nature and living things, stemming from our biology and genetics. Related to this is stress reduction theory, proposing that natural environments encourage recovery from stress, while urban built environments can actually hinder the recovery process. Until recently there hasn’t been strong scientific evidence that nature is good for your mental health – but that is now changing, and what is known as “biophilic design”…

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WRITER Susanne Kennedy Susanne Kennedy has profiled design, architecture and the performing arts since 2000. She recently returned to Australia after two years in Central America and is studying for a master’s degree in cultural heritage. PHOTOGRAPHER Dion Robeson Perth-based architectural and interior photographer Dion Robeson works with a range of clients, from large multinational companies to leading-edge architectural and interior design practices. He has a great appreciation for natural light and the way it moves through well-designed spaces. PHOTOGRAPHER Hilary Bradford Hilary Bradford is a Melbourne-based photographer specializing in architecture, interiors and lifestyle photography. She worked as an architect for over ten years before embarking on her photography career. WRITER Stuart King Dr Stuart King is a lecturer in the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Tasmania. He researches Australian architecture and teaches architectural design, history and…

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sarah-jane pyke & juliette arent of arent & pyke

One of the more complex questions in design is whether there is a difference between how men and women approach an interior. Juliette Arent and Sarah-Jane Pyke are forthright on the subject. “We talk about emotional design, which I would say is a strongly feminine approach … that’s what we’re doing when we’re working on someone’s home. We’re taking into consideration all the nuances about their family and we’re responding to that in an emotional way,” Juliette says with a disarming smile. Sarah-Jane adds, “It’s an earthy and grounded response to [the clients] and the way they live.” The pair first met in their twenties, working as designers in a small Sydney practice. Sarah-Jane had taken a more linear path, studying interior architecture at university and then moving into practice. Juliette…

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our palette

MATERIALS & FINISHES• 01 Akari pendant and floor lamps Arent and Pyke often chooses Akari light shades as the shoji paper adds a handmade quality to its designs and gives an ambient glow to the room, as seen at the Alex Hotel. livingedge.com.au 02 Calacatta Viola stone slab The warmth in the colouring of the Calacatta Viola stone appeals to Arent and Pyke. The practice isn’t afraid to mix and match patterns and textures, as seen here in a bathroom at Croydon House. artedomus.com.au 03 Vola tapware Vola tapware is classic in design and has historically reliable engineering. Arent and Pyke is drawn to the timeless quality of the Scandinavian design, as seen here at the Harbourside Apartment. en.vola.com/vola-group/vola-australia 04 Cassina Maralunga armchair The Maralunga armchair is an iconic Italian design by architect and industrial designer Vico Magistretti that was first…

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01 Among Buildings by Tom Ross, Michael Roper and Stuart Geddes (Uro Publications, 2017) pp 232 • rrp $49 In 1969 little-known English author B. S. Johnson made an indelible impression on postmodern literature with his experimental “book in a box,” The Unfortunates. Now, Among Buildings by photographer Tom Ross, architect and poet Michael Roper and graphic designer Stuart Geddes borrows Johnson’s form to reflect on the architecture of Melbourne. Twenty-six significant works are explored through visceral photographs and poems. Projects include William Salway’s Queen Victoria Market, Robin Boyd’s Featherston House and Sean Godsell’s RMIT Design Hub. Ross’s photographs and Roper’s meditative poems seek not to describe the works of architecture but rather to explore the way such objects and spaces affect people. The introduction by Melbourne School of Design’s Alex Selenitsch ties…

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green screen by ntf architecture

•MELBOURNE, VIC• 1 Entry 2 Bedroom 3 Main bedroom 4 Retreat 5 Dining 6 Kitchen 7 Living 8 Store 9 Rumpus This project came to our newly formed practice in early 2007 following a recommendation from my previous employer, who was supportive of my move to private practice. It was a renovation of a house located next to the railway line just around the corner from our first office, in Cremorne, Melbourne. The house was unusual, as despite its Victorian appearance, the original termite-riddled dwelling had been completely rebuilt ten years earlier as a replica, at the insistence of the city council due to its heritage zoning. Our clients had bought the house post-rebuild and were looking to enlarge it at the rear and provide bedrooms and space for their two young children, while removing the “fake history” that had…