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 / Art & Architecture

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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Write to us at houses@archmedia.com.au Subscribe at architecturemedia.com Find us @housesmagazine You 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 This idea that the Australian Dream is outdated is something that Cameron Bruhn and I explore in our latest book, The Apartment House: Reframing the Australian Dream (Thames and Hudson, 2017). A new generation of owners is foregoing the big backyard…

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WRITER Fiona McAlpine Fiona 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 Cairns Sharyn 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 Gibson Adam’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 Brewin Ross 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 mixer The 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.au 02 Rugged Concrete Rugged 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.au 03 Halo collection Designed 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.com 04 Soho porcelain pavers Soho porcelain pavers by Boral combine the…

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lindsey wherrett

CERAMICS 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 huge leap towards an uncertain future.” Lindsey’s declaration came while she was taking a break from architecture. She was enjoying the time off after the birth of her daughter and began studying ceramics in Hobart under her mentor Ben Richardson. Adventures in Europe and Japan fuelled her…

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3+2: Durbach Block Jaggers EDITED BY Andrew Mackenzie (Uro Publications, 2017) PP 130 & PP 160 • RRP $180 3+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, NSW 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 – have left a legacy of mean- spirited, unattractive and poorly designed homes. However, the…