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Houses Issue 132 February 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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Our homes are profoundly personal. They tend to register stories, becoming vivid portraits of those who live in them. These stories can be told incidentally, through the patina of time, inscribed from one generation to the next. But sometimes, these narratives are deliberately brought to the fore by an architect or designer. This kind of architectural storytelling is palpable at Bozen’s Cottage by Taylor and Hinds Architects (page 68), a historic stone cottage that, through layers of finely executed alterations and additions, expresses the lived histories of individuals who have called the building home. At Paddington House, the subject of Revisited (page 130), the late Ken Woolley has paid tribute to his wife’s love of music – expressed in a distinct geometry and spatial complexity within the home. Fusing function and poetics, this…

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Stuart King Writer Stuart King is a senior lecturer in architectural design and history at the University of Melbourne, where he also researches Australian architectural history, with a particular interest in Tasmania. Sheona Thomson Writer Sheona Thomson is an architecture academic in the School of Design at Queensland University of Technology. She coordinates the courses that ask students across the design disciplines to explore how they, as next-generation designers, can create positive change. Katherine Lu Photographer Katherine Lu is an architectural photographer based in Sydney. Her interest lies in documenting how the built environment can shape and influence us. She believes that good architecture has the ability to improve our quality of life. Marcus Baumgart Writer Marcus Baumgart is a founding partner of Baumgart Clark Architects. He is a long-time freelance contributor to several architecture publications, and…

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fresh finds

01 Calibrate colour palettes Taking their cues from textural landscape elements, the three palettes – ‘Positive Light,’ ‘Equilibrium’ (pictured) and ‘Home Grown’ – of this empowered and youthful colour library each comprise four core hues and reflect the vibrant voices of modern Australia. haymespaint.com.au 02 Theodore hardware collection Luxury architectural hardware specialist Joseph Giles designed this beautiful, tactile and practical collection. It pays homage to a historic London public house and complements modern design schemes, with hexagonal cabinet handles, lever handles and door pulls. englishtapware.com.au 03 Coast furniture collection Designed to be clean, modern and timeless, the Coast collection is inspired by travel, adventure and freedom. The Wave bed, Malibu side table and Celeste wall sconce evoke the outdoors while retaining a sumptuous feel that brings calm and balance to interior spaces. danielboddam.com 04 Linen tableware Veronique…

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wallis lake house by matthew woodward architecture

This house embodies a long, fruitful collaboration between architect Matthew Woodward and owner-builder Adam Haughey. The two met years ago through friends, and have since come to work together on numerous projects. The triangle of architect-client-builder is often held together in delicate balance. When it works, and trust prevails, it is a solid thing, and the best possible foundation for a project. It is buoying when amity and understanding is cultivated between builders and architects, and this pair clearly support and challenge one another. Adam describes the house as a résumé project – and there is a lot to drink in. Matthew, meanwhile, speaks of “cinematic sublimity,” and an intention to deliver prospect and refuge, craftsmanship and robustness, serenity and playfulness. Located in Whoota on the New South Wales coast, the…

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mermaid multihouse by partners hill with hogg and lamb

Intriguingly, Mermaid Multihouse by Partners Hill with Hogg and Lamb is described by the architects as a “demonstration project,” signalling its value as a scheme with qualities and outcomes worth reproducing. In these terms, the design proposes a judiciously original and intelligible vision for the dual occupation of a suburban block. Pooling their resources for a dual occupancy rebuild on the site of their former family home on Queensland’s Gold Coast, a multi-generational client pair (a mother and her adult son) set the path for Mermaid Multihouse, seeking a better outcome together than each could obtain singly. The pair is indicative of the shrinking size and increasing diversity of household types in Australia. In South East Queensland, only 30 percent of households comprise couples with children. Over his career, architect Timothy…

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castle cove house by terroir with pascale gomes-mcnabb design

Castle Cove is one of those pockets of Sydney that only residents go to. Conceived as a sort of garden suburb around a lush country club, it’s more discreet than the adjacent peninsulas of Middle Cove and Castlecrag (famous for its Burley Griffin houses). So, by the time you have wound around the golf links, down a side street and along a long driveway to reach this off-form concrete house, by Terroir in collaboration with Pascale Gomes-McNabb Design, it feels very much like the city and suburbs of Sydney have been left behind. The curved slope into which the house nestles is an extraordinary (yet typical) harbour peninsula bush landscape – twisting angophora, rocky outcrops, screeching birds and, below, a glimmer of sparkling water. Among the huge gums sits a strangely…