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Houses Issue 131 December 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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There’s something to be said for designing with a light touch. Rather than focusing on dramatic architectural “moments,” the houses in this issue take cues from found conditions – the character of a period home, the pattern of the streetscape or the beauty of the natural terrain. At Balmain Rock by Benn and Penna (page 114), a historic sandstone cottage is enhanced by a contemporary addition that draws on the qualities of the original. With a similar sleight of hand, Nielsen Jenkins has added a seemingly simple outdoor room to K and T’s Place (page 40) in a way that protects the home from the bustling wider suburb. This sympathetic approach extends to how homes are lived in. At North Melbourne House by NMBW Architecture Studio (cover, page 16), the design is…

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Helen Norrie Writer Helen Norrie is an academic in the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Tasmania. She is a writer and architectural critic, and founder of the Regional Urban Studies Laboratory. Shantanu Starick Photographer A freelance international photographer, Shantanu Starick is in constant motion between Europe and Asia Pacific. His curious approach to photography has allowed him to find insights and stories that explore the boundaries of human connection and behaviour. Paul Hermes Photographer Paul Hermes is a Melbourne-based photographer and art director. His approach is to create real and authentic images that connect. He has a particular interest in finding beauty in the mundane moments of daily life. Andy Fergus Writer Andy Fergus is an urban design critic, commentator and practitioner. Through these roles, he engages with the community, government, design industry…

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fresh finds

01 The Sideboard For every piece of Peninsula furniture sold, a tree is planted through the Carbon Neutral Plant-a-Tree program. Sustainable and stylish, the Sideboard is made from Tasmanian oak and features Peninsula’s signature bevelled-edge doors, which open to reveal practical, adjustable shelves. peninsulahome.co 02 Axor MyEdition wash basin mixer The sculptural Axor MyEdition washbasin mixer adds character to any bathroom, with its customizable design. Consisting of a body and plate, the taps can be tailored using Axor’s brushed or polished finishes, such as ‘Red Gold’ (pictured), or materials like marble and leather. axor-design.com 03 Zip Micro tap system Zip Water has launched Zip Micro – a practical solution for kitchens in which space is at a premium. The drinking water system fits beneath almost any bench and instantly delivers beautifully filtered boiling or chilled…

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north melbourne house by nmbw architecture studio

This clever infill house in the tightly packed backstreets of North Melbourne offers valuable lessons for how we might rethink the single house as a flexible system that can adapt, beyond our immediate needs, to a range of life stages and occupants. Curiously, the house – which enjoys a neighbourly relationship with a Victorian worker’s cottage on the adjacent block – is the result of an act of protest. When the owners of the cottage found that the empty block next door was slated for a “transplanted McMansion,” they went to the council to object. At the point of seeming defeat – with construction of the McMansion primed to begin – a “for sale” sign popped up on the street front and the cottage owners jumped at the opportunity to…

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empire house by austin maynard architects

Compact in scale and light of touch are descriptions that do not readily spring to mind when discussing current residential building in the prestigious suburb of Forrest, Canberra. Where not heritage protected, older style “Canberra cottages” are often knocked down and replaced with much larger residences that, arguably, more accurately reflect the client’s lifestyle aspirations and bigger budgets. But sometimes, clients’ and architects’ paths intersect to produce subtle yet exciting interventions to modest original bungalows. And occasionally, such work receives recognition and acclaim. This is the case with Empire House, a project comprising finely detailed alterations and additions to a Canberra cottage. The project’s quiet success was recognized with the 2019 Canberra Medallion, the highest award from the Australian Institute of Architects’ Australian Capital Territory chapter. The owners of Empire House, Paul…

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almora house by tonkin zulaikha greer

This is a new house on an old site. Tonkin Zulaikha Greer’s clients have lived here for many years, gradually adding to and refashioning the original house (which this new work completely replaces) to reflect their changing needs. In this sense, they have had the luxury of time shaping their brief, bringing to this exquisitely constructed Mosman house more than two decades of lessons about how they wish to live here. Designed by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer’s director Tim Greer and project architect Belinda Pajkovic (now director of Atoma Architecture and Design), the house coalesces around three devices: a basic plan geometry designed to dissolve in response to the clients’ program; rigorously framed monumental concrete panels; and views controlled both to amplify and edit relationships between “moments” on a site that is…