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Houses Issue 123 August 2018

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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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The announcement of our annual Houses Awards encourages reflection on what makes a truly Australian home. The winners contribute to the conversation about how we live today, by responding to climatic conditions and social and environmental concerns, and exploring how we can push design thinking to meet changing needs. This year’s Australian House of the Year, Cabbage Tree House by Peter Stutchbury Architecture, “is a remarkable, complete Australian house that authentically and poetically embraces its landscape setting.” An undoubtedly impressive piece of architecture, it is first and foremost a welcoming sanctuary. This home reminds us of the beauty of Australia’s natural environment and that we should work with it, rather than against it. Similarly, Coastal Garden House by Neeson Murcutt Architects with 360 Degrees Landscape Architects, winner of the Garden or…

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houses awards jury

Kerry Clare Kerry is co-director of Clare Design with her partner Lindsay Clare. Lindsay and Kerry were jointly awarded the Australian Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal in 2010 and have more than forty awards for built works. Their practice is now based in Sydney and on the Gold Coast. Kerry is on review panels for the City of Sydney and Randwick and Waverley Councils and teaches at the School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle. Albert Mo Albert is a director of Melbourne-based practice Architects EAT. Albert was a chapter councillor for the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects and maintains guest critic positions in various architecture schools across Australia. His work has been recognized by awards and in articles in both Australian and international architecture journals. Jennie Officer Jennie is…

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cabbage tree house by peter stutchbury architecture

The Cabbage Tree House is a remarkable, complete Australian house that authentically and poetically embraces its landscape setting on Sydney’s northern beaches. Anchored in a rock shelf, the masonry structure leans back into the hillside as a “physical manifesto of the character of its place.” Internally, the home has cave-like qualities. It is a sanctuary away from city life and is connected to the landscape. The scale of the building is broken down into smaller spaces of retreat and seclusion – all with views into vast bushland. Exposed concrete, steel and brickwork give the impression of permanence and longevity, as well as having thermal mass benefits. The home is intended for comfort in all seasons: it captures cool breezes from the east in summer and is splayed to the north toward…

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springhill house by lovell burton architecture

Springhill House makes a significant contribution to residential architecture in Australia. It responds to its setting, brief and budget with utility, clarity and rigour. Sited on a north-facing slope in a disused agricultural paddock, this house for an author is both economical and delightful. The canny, efficient plan is organized by a rhythmic linear form that relates to structural bays. Slender timber portal frames allow for clear spans and for a large, single-pitch roof that provides shade of varying depth around the house, which is broadened or contracted according to orientation and strong solar passive design principles. The structural rhythm is broken on the north side to mark a large opening to living areas, and is sheathed on the southern arrival side by galvanized sheet cladding, which gives the house…

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cabbage tree house by peter stutchbury architecture

Sited on and leaning back into a dramatic north-facing escarpment, Cabbage Tree House powerfully anchors inhabitation and mass. With stepping volumes and a plan that expands broadly to the north, the house offers a variety of spaces for activity in, around and under it. Large sliding openings admit the surrounding landscape and adjacent terraces orchestrate a compelling way to inhabit the striated rocky ledges of the site. A limited palette of materials and an acceptance of as-found finishes means that the house is animated by texture, sunlight and landscape. Luxury is found in voluminous, expansive rooms and openings rather than lavish appointment or finish. Thermal comfort is prioritized by careful orientation and ample earth-connected mass. Privacy and communality are deftly managed in the plan of the house, with a central…

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terrarium house by john ellway

A familiar Queensland worker’s cottage has been transformed into a luscious, planted oasis. John Ellway has deftly exploited the site’s natural fall by inserting living spaces underneath the raised original cottage. This move has deconstructed the classic verandah arrangement to create a wonderful, breezy and vine-covered entry and external vertical circulation. The design of the Terrarium House is attuned to its subtropical climate, promoting cross-ventilation with a sunken living space protected from the harsh Queensland sun. The compactness of the house is its triumph; circulation flows seamlessly from one space to another and not one inch is wasted, with notable Japanese influences. A double-height space above the dining area gives the impression of space, without deterring from the intimacy and warmth of the home. This alteration and addition has been put together…