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Houses Issue 135 August 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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In an exciting milestone for Houses magazine, 2020 marks ten years of the Houses Awards. This year’s winning, commended and shortlisted entries are celebrated in this issue, recognizing the outstanding work of Australia’s residential architects and designers. Collectively, the entries represent a return to the local – they are inventive and responsive, taking inspiration from their varying contexts to engage generously with their neighbourhood and community. The Australian House of the Year is Cantala Ave by ME (page 50), an alteration and addition to a typical weatherboard cottage on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Modest and minimal, the home is a reminder that living well is about quality, not quantity. The 2020 Houses Awards jury explain, “ME has solved ordinary design problems in an extraordinary way, reconsidering the suburban status quo and pushing…

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Michelle Bailey Writer Michelle Bailey is an architecture and design writer based in Brisbane, Australia. She has visited close to 200 projects in South East Queensland and has written about these for local newspapers and national magazines. Shannon McGrath Photographer Shannon McGrath has been photographing architecture and interior design works for 15 years. Shannon’s images are known for their beautiful portrayal of light and form, with a soft realism that celebrates the subject matter. Cassie Hansen Writer Cassie is editor of Artichoke magazine. She has a degree in creative industries, majoring in journalism and creative writing. Cassie has written for a range of publications, including Houses, Landscape Architecture Australia and Houses: Kitchens and Bathrooms. Derek Swalwell Photographer Derek Swalwell is a photographer of architecture, landscapes, food, travel and art. Shooting since 1999, his work has expanded to include international design firms,…

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budge over dover by ysg

Prior to designing this house, YSG principal Yasmine Saleh Ghoniem had worked with her client on Pacific Bondi, a 70-square-metre two-bedroom apartment (completed when Yasmine was a principal of interior design practice Amber Road). Newly engaged, with two kids and a third on the way, the owners purchased their next home in nearby Dover Heights and again engaged Yasmine for a renovation and refurbishment. Rather than a home that relied on tired tropes of coastal living, where muted “sand and sea” colour palettes reigned, they wanted one that would offer a vibrant but calm home for their growing family. Perched on a hill, the boxy home was a rabbit warren of tiny dark rooms and hallways, a “soulless” house with “overzealous” travertine floors, explains Yasmine. YSG opened up the ground floor,…

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seawind by coy yiontis architects

Architectural theorists Robert Venturi, Denise Scott-Brown and Steven Izenour famously posed that a work of architecture could either be a duck or a decorated shed. The decorated sheds were featureless buildings that had been layered with a superficial veneer of “meaning,” while the ducks were buildings that were symbolic in and of themselves. Writing during the 1970s, the authors were grappling with the phenomena of Las Vegas and its appropriated architectural icons. Since then there have been occasional ducks in the pond, but architecture has arguably been travelling down the path of decorated sheds for some time. There is something about Seawind by Coy Yiontis Architects, however, that drags the dichotomy of the duck versus the decorated shed back up to the surface. This is certainly a building that is beautifully…

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tjuringa house by jesse bennett studio

A skilled architect and builder, Jesse Bennett established Jesse Bennett Studio with his partner Anne-Marie Campagnolo, an accomplished interior designer, in 2010. Their first project, Planchonella House in Cairns, proved their talent when it was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects’ Robin Boyd Award, as well as the Houses Award for Australian House of the Year, in 2015. The project became a fascination for publishers, featuring in print across Africa, Europe, Asia and America. A review in this magazine (see Houses 104) piqued the interest of another Queensland-based family, prompting them to engage the studio to transform their own historic site in Toowoomba. Known as Tjuringa House, it was to be Jesse and Anne-Marie’s most ambitious project to date. The project was named by the clients, who suggested the site was…

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block house by ha

The houses in Melbourne’s oldest suburb are scattered between commercial and industrial buildings and, increasingly, hip cafes that reveal themselves when the steel roller doors are up. Collingwood has been typified by this mix of small residential subdivisions and industrial sites since its inception in 1839. Though the buildings rarely rise above two storeys, the area is gritty and urban in feel and mostly treeless. No wonder it attracted a couple interested in the industrial aesthetic. They came to architecture studio Ha with an idea for creating a domestic oasis they titled “industrial/botanical,” and, as principal architect Nick Harding explains, “they wanted a brutalist piece of architecture that was really focused around the natural landscape; they wanted that contrast.” Classic brutalism is typified by off-form concrete – concrete that has been…