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Houses Issue 119 December 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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English
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Architecture Media Pty Ltd
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welcome

01 Winner of the 2017 Australian House of the Year, Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peters. Register now to enter the 2018 Houses Awards, our annual program celebrating Australia’s best residential projects. (Photograph: Christopher Frederick Jones.)Write to us at houses@archmedia.com.auSubscribe at architecturemedia.comFind us @housesmagazineYou don’t need a lot of space to live comfortably. It’s more about making the space that you do have work hard – and our 2017 Australian House of the Year, Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peters, is a perfect example of this. Anita Panov and Andrew Scott of Panov Scott recently used an exhibition (page 94) to explore the ways in which we might “live smaller,” and as Heidi Dokulil asserts in her review, “the Great Australian Dream is at stake.”This idea that the Australian Dream…

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contributors

WRITER Fiona McAlpineFiona has a background in architectural practice, education and research. Fiona currently manages the Future Timber Hub, an Australian Research Council-funded industry transformation research centre based at the University of Queensland.PHOTOGRAPHER Sharyn CairnsSharyn is Melbourne- based photographer who contributes regularly to magazines. She is at the forefront of commercial photography in Australia, shooting a diverse range of subjects including interiors, food, travel and lifestyle.PHOTOGRAPHER Adam GibsonAdam’s work is defined by a unique blend of composure and spontaneity. He was drawn to photography as an inquisitive teenager and his technical proficiency and understanding of image-making was honed by a decade of design and creative direction experience.WRITER Ross BrewinRoss is a Melbourne-based architect. He is a director of Gilby and Brewin Architecture and a senior lecturer in the Department of…

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fresh finds

01 Cono basin mixerThe Cono basin mixer by Gessi is part of a collection of bathroomware inspired by nature. Designed by Prospero Rasulo to reflect the peace and tranquility of South- East Asia’s lush scenery and dwellings, it is characterized by a distinctive cone shape.candana.com.au02 Rugged ConcreteRugged Concrete by Caesarstone is a robust surface accentuated by gradients of grey textural patterns, white-haze patina and a rough matt finish. Symbolic of urban environments, it has the authentic look of a hand-poured concrete benchtop.caesarstone.com.au03 Halo collectionDesigned and manufactured in Melbourne, the Halo furniture collection by Something Beginning With is infused with graphic boldness and an interplay of materials and finishes. The collection features a combination of solid American oak and circular steel tube.somethingbeginningwith.com04 Soho porcelain paversSoho porcelain pavers by Boral combine the…

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lindsey wherrett

CERAMICS01 Ceramicist Lindsey Wherrett.02 “One pint pourers” in Earth finish, made for Tasmania’s Women in Design event in 2016.03 Lindsey’s individually crafted basins, with their graceful curves and clean-lined glazing, have become hugely popular.04 “Keepers,” small vessels that can be used for holding salt or even jewellery.Scottish-born Lindsey Wherrett remembers the day she finally found the courage to tell her husband what she really wanted to do with her life.“I had to hide my head under the bedcovers to get myself to say it out loud,” she recalls. For years she had stopped herself from saying the words “I want to study ceramics.”“I’d always had a hankering for ceramics but it didn’t feel like a proper career choice. Turning my back on [architecture] felt like a massive risk and a…

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bookshelf

3+2: Durbach Block JaggersEDITED BY Andrew Mackenzie (Uro Publications, 2017)PP 130 & PP 160 • RRP $1803+2: Durbach Block Jaggers is a work of contradictions. It is both restrained in scope, featuring just five projects from Sydney practice Durbach Block Jaggers across two books, and excessive, with its beautiful photographs spread sparsely across its high-quality leaves. It is at times playful, as in the self-reflexive afterword to “3,” in which Erik Jensen provides a gonzo-like glimpse into the practice and the relationship between its directors, Neil Durbach, Camilla Block and David Jaggers. Elsewhere it is earnest, as in the essay by editor Andrew Mackenzie, which closes “2” and describes the “themes and variations” of the practice’s work. Overriding these contradictions is the subtle yet affecting beauty of the photographs by…

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cleveland rooftop by sjb

SYDNEY, NSW02 A communal garden of verdant Australian natives, designed by William Dangar, surrounds the rooftop apartment.After nearly a century of growing pains, it could be said that apartment design in Sydney is finally reaching a stage of maturity. The first decades of the twentieth century saw the promising start of apartment design in the CBD and the eastern suburbs. Edgecliff, Potts Point, Elizabeth Bay and Darlinghurst have fine examples of well-designed and generously-appointed buildings. Notable examples are Kingsclere (Maurice Halligan and Frederick Wilton, 1912), Carinthia (Walter Leslie Nielsen, 1926) and Birtley Towers (Emil Sodersten, 1934). While there were some notable mid- century examples, such as 17 Wylde Street (Aaron Bolot, 1951), the apartment buildings of later decades – think of the brick boxes of the sixties, seventies and eighties…

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