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Houses Issue 128 June 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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The universal plan of the courtyard house is often seen on the pages of Houses and that’s because it is so well-suited to the Australian context. A private, walled sanctuary offers refuge and respite from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. There’s more than one way to design a courtyard house, as aptly demonstrated in this issue. Our cover project, Hawthorn House by Edition Office (page 52) is composed of two glazed pavilions, each enveloped by a concrete protective layer and connected to one another via an outdoor room or courtyard. In Sydney, Breakspear Architects has reinterpreted the traditional nine-square plan at Courted House (page 106), where daily living takes place “within, around and across the central courtyard.” At Fitzroy North House by Rob Kennon Architects (page 122), the…

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Alexandra Brown Writer Alexandra Brown is an architect and a senior lecturer at Monash Art Design and Architecture. Her research explores twentieth-century and contemporary relationships between art and architecture, as well as architecture and radicality from the 1960s onward. Christine Francis Photographer Christine Francis specializes in interiors, architecture and design photography. She greatly appreciates diversity and collaboration – a preference that shines through her images. Christine has photographed projects from Australia and abroad. Benjamin Hosking Photographer Benjamin Hosking is an Australian photographer specializing in architecture, design and urbanism. He has worked throughout the Asia-Pacific region for ten years, documenting a wide range of projects, from archaeological sites to new works of architecture. Andrew Nimmo Writer Andrew Nimmo is a director of Lahznimmo Architects and an adjunct professor of architecture at the University of Sydney. He is immediate…

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favourites from maison&objet

01 Kintsugi tableware Seletti’s Kintsugi tableware collection by Marcantonio has been expanded with the addition of bowls and glasses. The collection draws on the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with a golden lacquer. The resulting pieces are given imperfect, individual forms. seletti.it 02 Puro Eclectic lights New to Brokis in 2019 is the Puro Eclectic suspended lighting collection. Designed by Brokis’ art director, Lucie Koldova, Puro Eclectic is composed of adjustable, hand-blown glass tubes, arranged diagonally and interconnecting to create a linearly dynamic lighting feature, ideal for dining spaces. brokis.cz 03 Liz chair Liz by Ludovica Serafini and Roberto Palomba pays homage to silver screen icon Elizabeth Taylor. Liz is composed of an elastic fabric clinging tightly to a metallic tubular structure, highlighting delicate curves. The Liz chair is part of a customizable collection…

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teneriffe house by vokes and peters

As a visitor to Brisbane, I’ve noticed that the city’s body of residential architecture offers a greater sense of openness and generosity to the suburban streetscapes than elsewhere in the eastern states. This reflects the people who call Brisbane home and the balmy subtropical weather, which genuinely permits a life lived outside. A wonderful exemplar of this openness and generosity in design is an alteration and addition to a 1909 homestead by eminent Brisbane architect and artist Alexander Brown Wilson (1857–1938). Perched on a hilltop in the riverside suburb of Teneriffe, this home most recently functioned as a mental health hostel, modified from the original dwelling to sleep as many people as possible, including the enclosure of all the verandahs to create dormitories. The clients recognized that this old Queenslander…

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storybook house by folk architects

Folk Architects has named its renovation of an inner-city Melbourne terrace the “Storybook House.” The name largely comes from its new rear facade and steeply pitched roof form, clad in vanilla and cream glazed terracotta shingles. The resultant form echoes scenes from childhood storybooks. Internally, the space is dotted with playful details: the arched entry to the living room, the graphic outline of the asymmetrical rangehood, the peach terrazzo tiles in the bathroom and the olive-green upholstery lining the banquette sofa. These materials and details inspire a childlike delight. The house is also riddled with trap doors and secret compartments. Clothes lines and ironing boards emerge from behind tiny doors, each element unfolding like a rabbit out of a hat. The projector is tucked between exposed floor joists, appearing to magically illuminate…

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hello houses sibling architecture

The verandah is a cherished place in Australian folklore. Paintings, poetry and literature idolize a life spent semi-outdoors, hobnobbing over beverages. But while the sight of tea sipping and biscuit eating out on the verandah is an increasingly rare affair in contemporary cities, it is still common in many of Australia’s regional towns, including Port Fairy in south-west Victoria, which in 2012 was named the world’s most liveable town with a population under 20,000. It is precisely this verandah culture that Melbourne practice Sibling Architecture drew on for its design of a pair of houses in the coastal town. Sibling director and Port Fairy expatriate Nicholas Braun led the team to design the twin houses for his sister, Kristan, who had purchased a vacant site of subdivided land just off the…