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Houses

Issue 133 April 2020

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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6 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
musings

More and more in our cities – and online – individuals are getting together to share their collective voice. And although it is expressed in many ways, overwhelmingly, the shared sentiment is one of community and empathy. The homes in this issue show that architecture can play a part in supporting the things we truly value – whether it be a connection to neighbourhood, exemplified by the generous terraced streetfront at Cantala Ave House by ME (page 28); the desire to acknowledge culture and the historical complexities of a place, expressed by Studio Bright in its Ruckers Hill House (page 66); or the need to make flexible spaces that can support our ageing relatives, like those at Ballast Point House by Fox Johnston (cover, page 82). These are more than residential buildings;…

1 min.
contributors

Michael Macleod Writer Michael Macleod is a director of architecture at Kennedy Nolan. He also teaches, is involved with the Australian Institute of Architects and has an interest in the social responsibilities of architects. Genevieve Lilley Writer Genevieve Lilley is an architect practising in Tasmania and New South Wales. She also designs modern jewellery, and sits on the Tasmanian Heritage Council. Linda Cheng Writer Linda Cheng is editor of ArchitectureAU.com. She is a contributor to a number of Australian architecture and design magazines including Houses, Artichoke and Architecture Australia. Brett Mitchell Writer Brett Mitchell is a lecturer at Curtin University in the School of Design and the Built Environment. He is also a writer, works on exhibitions and pursues collaborative creative practice.…

3 min.
favourites from maison&objet

01 Silica ceramic basket Performing as both a decorative and a practical piece, the Silica ceramic basket from Barcelona brand Octaevo is made of delicately woven earthenware, typifying the southern European aesthetic of organic forms and geometric lines. It is available in four contemporary hues. octaevo.com 02 Lola rug Pop Art style and geometry marry in Rug Society’s Lola, a hand-tufted rug full of personality. Made with New Zealand wool and linen, Lola rug’s straight lines play off its round shape and its bright colours serve to beautifully complement timber interiors. rugsociety.eu 03 Assemble sofa Designed by Destroyers/Builders, the Assemble sofa encourages exactly what its name suggests: assembling your own sofa. Inspired by weathered pebbles, the sofa’s asymmetrical cushions can be arranged in various forms, from two-seaters to poufs. valerie-objects.com 04 Woody pouf Spanish brand Houtique has…

5 min.
a decade of residential design spotlight

The tenth year of the Houses Awards provides a golden opportunity to look in the rear-view mirror at a decade of Australian residential design. Through the specific lens of Australian House of the Year award winners, we are able to consider how architecture’s response to people and place has progressed in the last 10 years. Across the group of award winners, a number of themes emerge that, over time, represent the evolution of shared design aspirations. The first common thread that connects the winning houses is evident in the House in Country NSW by Virginia Kerridge Architect (2011 Australian House of the Year). The design is informed by the use of material in the existing stone house to propose a new architectural language in timber. The harmonization of the new build…

5 min.
cantala ave house by me

This thoughtful reworking by ME of a 1970s split-level house in the Gold Coast suburb of Miami opens up an internalized floor plan to create a connected and contemporary home for a young family of four. Located in a quiet cul-de-sac, Cantala Cottage is within walking distance of the beach and other local amenities. The cul-de-sac has a relaxed and friendly feeling with deep front yards and low or no boundary walls. Architect Matthew Eagle has peeled back years of incremental additions – a patchwork of external and internal cladding types and a “tacked on” bay window and sunroom – in order to, in Matthew’s own words, “extract a specialness” from the old cottage. Matthew has preserved and reused a significant amount of the original fabric while also making targeted interventions…

5 min.
park life by architecture architecture

Park Life is located on a corner in the Champion Road Estate Precinct, a largely intact pocket of 1940s Housing Commission duplexes beside the vast Newport railyards in the Melbourne bayside suburb of Williamstown. A cluster of compact houses set well back from curving streets with deep nature strips, the estate was designed using the Garden City principles popular in Australia at the time. The movement – an attempt to marry housing and countryside by combining the best of both worlds – was a response to often grim conditions in inner-city tenements and terraces. Architecture Architecture has recognized the opportunities and constraints of living on a prominent corner in this “park life” setting.There is a focus on the house’s interface with the public realm – vital when your backyard is also…