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Houses Issue 127 April 2019

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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On my visit to Andresen O’Gorman’s Rosebery House (page 130) in Queensland, I was taken by the intensely immersive experience engendered by both the landscape and the architecture. This is a home that reminds you to live in the moment and enjoy a genuine connection to place. This Zen-like ambience isn’t limited to standalone houses in luscious rainforest settings. In Melbourne, an apartment renovation by Baracco and Wright Architects (page 30) has been instilled “with the comforts necessary to enjoy ‘the small pleasures in life.’” This design celebrates domestic rituals and coaxes us to relish the simple moments of daily life. With so much vying for our attention in this rapidly digitizing world, our need for a private sanctuary in which to recharge and reflect is becoming more and more integral to…

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Rachel Harris Writer Rachel Harris is a project architect at CO-AP Architects. She has been in practice for more than ten years and has experience working in both London and Sydney. Rachel also tutors at the University of Technology, Sydney where she advocates for sustainable design. Kasia Werstak Photographer Kasia Werstak is a Sydney-based photographer with an interest in the interaction of people and their environments. Her work spans interiors, architecture, landscape and portraiture. Andy Macpherson Photographer Andy Macpherson is an architectural and editorial photographer based in Kingscliff, Northern New South Wales. Andy believes that photography is the final document of an architect’s work. His love for people and architecture inspires beautiful, honest imagery. Kirsty Volz Writer Kirsty Volz is a founding director of design studio Toussaint and Volz. She is also a PhD candidate within the…

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fresh finds

01 Lang Mursten bricks Lang Mursten is a range of extra-long-format, water-struck clay bricks, imported by PGH Bricks and Pavers from Denmark. Defined by its sleek, elongated form, the rustic yet contemporary range delivers an elevated aesthetic while accentuating the raw beauty of clay. pghbricks.com.au 02 Loop teak sofa Designed by Henrik Pedersen for Gloster, the Loop sofa is characterized by broad horizontal lines and assertive angles that combine to form a bold, comfortable profile. The sofa features a teak frame with a sling seat, strap back panels and cushions that can be used outdoors. coshliving.com.au 03 Drunken Emerald capsule collection Articolo’s Drunken Emerald mouth-blown glass, first seen in the Float lighting collection, is now available in six new lighting designs. The glamourous hue is available in the Eclipse, Domi, Ball and Lumi wall sconces,…

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jacaranda house by sp studio

This exciting reimagining of a 1920s weatherboard “porch-and-gable” house in Paddington marks the return of architect Scott Petherick, director of SP Studio, to Brisbane. With extended family residing there, it made sense that Scott would settle in Brisbane after a decade and a half spent working in Melbourne and abroad. When acquired by the Pethericks, the house had already undergone renovation, but the original layout and detailing were mostly intact. A deep, L-shaped verandah wrapped the home’s south-western corner, with living, dining, kitchen, bathroom and three bedrooms located upstairs and a workshop downstairs in the stump space, enclosed by typical subfloor battening. Prized among the existing trees on the site, in the northeastern corner of the sideways-sloping backyard, was a beautiful spreading jacaranda tree. Scott designed predominantly in section to get…

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kia ora by baracco + wright architects

In 1994 British architects Alison and Peter Smithson published a series of annotated drawings titled Small Pleasures of Life in their book Changing the Art of Inhabitation. The sketchbook excerpt depicts ten vignettes illustrating how delight can be nurtured through design. The experiences outlined in the notes appear modest and uncomplicated: “to work or write at a creeper bordered window,” “to see the sunlight spread across the floor” or to simply enjoy a view to “vegetation/the trees.” However, the prior deliberation involved in enabling these commonplace experiences is revealed by the drawings, which portray a specific architectural gesture behind each instance of domestic bliss. This collection of sketches forms an uncanny portrait of life at Kia Ora, a bijou apartment in Melbourne that was recently revived by Baracco and Wright Architects.…

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his & hers house by fmd architects

Sitting among well preserved Victorian and Edwardian homes in the inner-Melbourne pocket suburb of Clifton Hill, His and Hers House by FMD Architects is a celebration of connection and coming together. The clients, Pam and Arthur, had each engaged Fiona Dunin, director of FMD Architects, in the past; to design the celebrated Cross Stitch House (2013) for Pam and an addition to Arthur’s archetypal terrace that hadn’t yet come to fruition. A shared project to mark the start of the clients’ married life, His and Hers House completes the reconfiguration of Arthur’s terrace by melding together the original plans with qualities drawn from Cross Stitch House. From the cool, dark interiors of the terrace’s refurbished entry hall and bedrooms, the addition presents as a bright and airy inversion. The striking, skewed…