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Houses Issue 129 August 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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Now in its ninth year, the 2019 Houses Awards had more than five hundred entries submitted, with a total of 181 entries and five emerging architecture practices shortlisted. This year’s jury was particularly impressed by the entrants’ emphasis on place and space making, rather than architecture that is typologically or formally driven. Our Australian House of the Year is Daylesford Longhouse in rural Victoria, designed by Partners Hill (page 24). The project is a simple, yet compelling response to a brief that required living quarters, a cooking school and a working farm building. It is a home that focuses our attention on the fundamentals of how we exist, at once embedding us in, and protecting us from, nature. The building presents possibilities for self-sustained living, ever relevant in our changing environment. Congratulations…

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houses awards jury

Lindy Atkin Lindy Atkin is a co-director of Bark Architects, established with Stephen Guthrie in 1997. As a councillor for the Australian Institute of Architects’ Queensland chapter from 2012 to 2017, Lindy was an active member of the Regional Affairs Committee and was the creative director, with Stephen, for the Institute’s 2016 regional architecture conference, Evoke. Lindy and Stephen have been invited to present numerous lectures in Australia and around the world. John Choi John Choi is a partner of Chrofi. In 2012, John was nominated for the Iakov Chernikhov Prize and in 2014, he was runner-up in the AR Awards for Emerging Architecture. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Sydney, is a member of the New South Wales State Design Review Panel and serves on the board of the…

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la dolce vita

01 Francis table French design house Petite Friture’s distinctive Francis table references colour billowing off the tip of a paintbrush dipped in water. Petite Friture released two versions of the Francis table in Milan, one in black with violet tones and one in white with hues of yellow and green. petitefriture.com 02 Fat Tulip sofa Nau presented its Fat Tulip sofa, designed by Adam Goodrum, at Local Milan – an exhibition featuring the work of forty-four designers from Australia and New Zealand. A modern take on the traditional club chair, the Fat Tulip sofa features strong intersecting curves. cultdesign.com.au 03 Zigzag suspension lamp Australian designer Jason Bird has created a sound-absorbing suspension lamp for Italian manufacturer Panzeri. The lamp is intended to improve acoustic quality in open spaces. The Zigzag lamp’s profile increases its surface…

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daylesford longhouse

The Daylesford Longhouse by Partners Hill is more than a remarkable home – it’s also a hardworking farm building, a verdant greenhouse and a new business setup, all within the confines of a 110-metre-long shed. The opportunity to create a generous volume within a singular footprint is cleverly exploited and the timber and brick buildings within the shed form an internal terrain. The contrast between the scale and character of the industrial building and the craft and detail of the internal structures is unexpected yet delightful.The scale of the shed responds to the expansive landscape setting, but once you’re inside, it shifts to the human scale, making it a comfortable space in which to live and work. The shed structure creates a microclimate that protects the productive garden from the harsh…

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bay guarella house

This house, located on a west-facing slope in a eucalyptus forest with filtered views to Guerilla Bay, is a shared retreat between friends. The project is an exemplary response to the landscape and brief, executed with utility, clarity and rigour. The spatial arrangement is set up by a compact footprint over two floors, rotated to the contours. The rotation opens up the living areas toward the sun and provides three key site connections: an entry court, a balcony at the highest point and a lower court. These set up a diagonal sequence of interior spaces that offer many compelling opportunities to engage with the site, achieved while working to a tight footprint and a disciplined tectonic order. Combined with the operability of the envelope and raw materiality, these design moves encourage…

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daylesford longhouse

Daylesford Longhouse by Partners Hill is an uplifting home that was generated by laterally thinking about a novel and challenging design brief. Although the project is more than 1000 square metres in size, the footprint of the living quarters is only a very small proportion of this space and the majority of the floor area is given over to a leafy, productive garden. The journey through the 110-metre-long shed takes you from the working farm to the cosy living quarters, with layers of mature trees, vines and other plants growing in all the spaces between. Farm properties usually comprise a series of buildings dotted throughout the landscape, with all the various functions separated. Containing all three elements – a home, a commercial cooking school and a working farm building – within…