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 / Art & Architecture

Houses Issue 99

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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Landscapes in Australia are like nowhere else in the world. The 2014 Houses Awards’ Australian House of the Year sits on one of these undeniably spectacular sites, where it’s hard not to be distracted by the beauty of the scenery. The opportunity and the challenge of such projects is the need to do justice to this landscape. A successful piece of architecture will be in harmony with its setting but doesn’t rely on it. The Invisible House by Peter Stutchbury Architecture (page 14) does this. Each time the jury members (including me) looked at the Invisible House, we discovered something new – it is a home with endless surprise and delight. From the rolling, double-height ceiling of battened timber above the living spaces to the extraordinary roof that cantilevers almost four…

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out & about

01 Brisbane Open House 11–12 October 2014 Enjoy a weekend exploring exemplary Brisbane buildings, from private homes to historic landmarks and significant institutional structures. This year’s program includes the Railton House and Office by John Railton Architect built in 1963 (see Houses 89) and the Christian Street House by James Russell Architect (pictured). brisbaneopenhouse.com.au 02 Dream Home, Small Home 23 August – 23 November 2014 Visit the Museum of Sydney to discover what homes were like in the post World War II years. Do-it-yourself construction was, for many people, the only way to achieve the dream of home ownership – and bookstalls, department stores and daily newspapers provided the plans. sydneylivingmuseums.com.au 03 Resolved: Journeys in Australian Design Touring now Go behind the scenes to discover the “journey” of twelve contemporary Australian designers, from inspiration to…

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HOUSES AWARDS JURORS Brian Donovan Brian is a principal of BVN Donovan Hill and adjunct professor at the University of Queensland’s School of Architecture. In 1992 Brian and Timothy Hill established Donovan Hill, with a focus on providing design-focused architectural services. In October 2012 the practice joined with BVN to form BVN Donovan Hill. Maggie Edmond Maggie co-founded the architecture practice Edmond and Corrigan with Peter Corrigan in 1975. Since then, the practice has produced a significant number of residential, institutional and commercial buildings that have influenced a whole generation of architects. Maggie is a Life Fellow and currently a national councillor of the Australian Institute of Architects. William Smart William is the founder and creative director of Smart Design Studio. He is directly involved in every project, contributing at all stages from design to final…

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invisible house

There is something absolutely Australian about this project, not just its connection to an undeniably spectacular setting, but also its modesty, clarity, resourcefulness and consequential delight. Being (another) rural retreat with a jaw-dropping view, this project needed to convince the jury that all the moves made to create it are in harmony with its location, and that it is a great piece of architecture in its own right, and this it has. Its magic is created through balance, such as the gridded rigour of the plan balanced with the bloated curve of the long section, or the transparency of the simple exterior balanced with the solid, albeit sliced, nature of the interior rooms. The form, materials and details are mastered in this house, running from inside to out and then…

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dogtrot house

Although in an obvious lineage of Australian shed architecture, this simple shelter is convincingly a permanent camp site, where the experience and delight of being in the place are more important (and rejuvenating) than conventional comforts. Yes, you will occasionally get wet and cold, but genuine immersion in a special place has clearly underpinned the development of this scheme. Careful consideration of the plan reveals that the major room at the north is essentially a covered outdoor room – the caravan annexe or tent fly. It is the space for community, from which daily activities are planned, launched and celebrated. Truly interior spaces are the all-weather places that permanent camp sites require – for sleeping, ablutions and cooking. Considerable effort has been made throughout this house in plan, section and materiality, all…

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invisible house

New houses have the opportunity to explore form, orientation, planning, exterior and interiors. A great house does this with no corner ignored, with as much emphasis on space as on object, function and form, indoors and out. At the Invisible House we find a collection of spaces that are distinct from one another, but that feel as though they belong together – open spaces are balanced with enclosed, long with short, horizontal with vertical. This is achieved through a masterful command of material, primarily local stone, concrete and wood, and a pared-back yet crafted approach to detailing. This approach extends from the bathtub to the roof, where water puddles before flowing through troughs to drop onto the landscape. The jury was impressed with the great variety of spaces created in a small…