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 / Art & Architecture

Houses Issue 121 April 2018

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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We’re always on the hunt for new architecture and design practices to feature in the pages of Houses; often its a residential commission that launches a practice. Australia currently has a wealth of emerging talent and many of these younger studios are aiming to shift the status quo of architecture and design to encompass a larger (and broader) portion of the population. This is clearly evident in the projects in this issue. Emerging practice Whispering Smith has a strong design ethos and is making its mark in Perth, Western Australia. The practice built House A (page 88) as an experiment into what change and a sustainable future could look like: “We are all about making architecture more affordable,” founder Kate FitzGerald explains. The resulting house, mostly built by Kate and her…

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WRITER Rachel Hurst Rachel Hurst is a senior lecturer in architecture at the University of South Australia and contributing editor for Architecture Australia. She researches everyday aspects of architecture through a baroque practice of making, writing and curating. PHOTOGRAPHER Toby Scott Toby Scott is a photographer specializing in interiors and architecture. He has the pleasure of shooting for a broad range of clients, both in Australia and overseas. PHOTOGRAPHER Tom Ferguson Tom Ferguson is an architect who has managed to segue into a career in architectural and interiors photography. He believes photographs should tell the whole story of a building, from intimate details through to heroic moments. WRITER Ella Leoncio Ella Leoncio is a principal at Chamberlain Architects and has been in practice for more than ten years. Focusing on residential architecture, she in involved in a mix of single residential…

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fresh finds

01 Basic storage collection Expormim’s Basic collection is designed with a focus on functionality, materials and unassuming forms. Incorporating solid European oak, the collection features customizable sideboards, cabinets and television stands. kezu.com.au 02 No. 21 timber pendant The No. 21 pendant by Apparentt is strategically assembled and turned by hand to highlight the grain of its solid American oak. Designed to be displayed independently or with the No. 11 pendant, it is available in a range of finishes. apparentt.com.au 03 Granitek sink series The Granitek sink series by Artusi is designed for the home chef. Manufactured in Italy, the sinks bring together functionality, sleek lines and high performance. The patented Granitek surface is hard-wearing and resistent to staining. artusi.com.au 04 Bubble collection Inspired by the Mediterranean, Point’s Bubble collection offers comfort, functionality and longevity in the Australian…

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Bohemian Residence: Metropolitan Apartments and Interior Design EDITED BY Robert Klanten and Sally Fuls (Gestalten, 2017) PP 272 • RRP $60 Celebrating projects that reject the safe design choices of “square bourgeois types,” this book offers a whirlwind tour of apartment interiors that embrace the bohemian spirit. It features diverse, idiosyncratic interiors from across Europe and America and profiles the work of eight interior design studios. In Berlin, Gisbert Pöppler’s grand, colourful work is shown to challenge the dominance of Bauhuas-inspired Protestant sparseness; in London, designer Hubert Zandberg combines a modern design aesthetic with a passion for collecting beautiful objects; and Kelly Wearstler, based in Los Angeles, imbues her designs with the bombast and glamour of old Hollywood. The apartments and designers featured in Bohemian Residence do not eschew opulence or luxury,…

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tim rundle

When designing I always sketch first, then scale-model quickly with paper or cardboard, and finally model full-size in materials which I can adjust easily,” says industrial designer Tim Rundle. That’s evident from archival drawings and paper templates pinned to his studio’s walls and 3D scale models arrayed on its shelves. Working with full-size 3D models helps him anticipate any potential production difficulties and modify aspects of their design accordingly. As a tutor at the Royal College of Art in London, Tim observes that “students now feel safer in the virtual world, and need encouragement to get their hands dirty in the workshop.” He also uses computers himself, of course, but never in isolation from the material world. His own studies at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand began with architecture,…

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north melbourne terrace by matt gibson architecture + design

In the early stages of this project, architect Matt Gibson and his team took to the streets. Their mission? To catalogue the design details, construction techniques and urban fabric of North Melbourne’s eclectic housing stock. The resulting architectural inventory covered 150-odd houses and offered a wealth of ideas for the team’s design concept – a thoughtfully resolved renovation of a grand Victorian terrace. The house’s rich history presented both challenge and opportunity. Built in the 1870s for wine and spirit merchant John Daly, the house is a fine example of boom-era wealth and its influence on architectural style. It has an A1 heritage classification – the highest designation – so Matt worked with heritage architect Roger Beeston to ensure the renovation respected the house’s past. “While the new form is undoubtedly contemporary,…