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Issue 137 December 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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Architecture Media Pty Ltd
6 Issues

in this issue

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Designing a house is a balancing act. There are a plethora of desires and constraints that need to be weighed up and considered. The houses collected in this issue illustrate how architecture can consolidate disparate ideas to create homes that are at once stimulating and seamless. At Hollow Tree House by Core Collective (page 38), a historic Tasmanian homestead is revived by stitching new and old together with discerning craftsmanship and a contemporary approach; while Rae Rae House by Austin Maynard Architects (cover, page 22) and The Farmhouse by Smith Architects (page 88) share modest scale without sacrificing confident design. Whether it be clever ways of intertwining house and garden or striking a balance between function and frivolity, outstanding architecture often arises when opposing forces are allowed to meet in the middle,…

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Zuzana Kovar Writer Zuzana is a co-director of Zuzana and Nicholas Architects, a small practice based in Brisbane. She is also a lecturer at Griffith University, where she teaches and co-directs the Architecture Et cetera Lab. Michael Roper Writer Michael is a director of Melbourne-based practice Architecture Architecture. He also teaches and is currently collaborating on a survey of the works of architect Paul Couch. Phillip Nielsen Writer Phillip is an architect and director of Regional Design Service based in Corowa, NSW. From there he works with rural Australians to understand the benefits of good design in the places they call home. Tom Ferguson Photographer Tom is an architect who segued into photography. He tells stories of buildings through photos – capturing intimate details, evidence of habitation and dramatic architectural “hero shots.”…

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fresh finds

Lights that evoke the streetscapes of Copenhagen, a serene outdoor day bed, and the latest in colour and finish – this suite of products is sure to inspire. Find more residential products: selector.com and productnews.com.au 01 Dulux 2021 Colour Forecast In recognition that work and home life collided for many of us this past year, the Dulux 2021 Colour Forecast is underpinned by nostalgia, comfort and conscious living. Each new palette – Retreat, Nourish and Reset (pictured) – engenders “connection through colour.” dulux.com.au 02 Indre lighting Designed by Nikolai Kotlarczyk for Rakumba, the Indre collection of modular pendants and table lamps is an ode to Copenhagen’s historic architecture. Delicate double-walled glass capsules gently cradle apparently floating internal lights, evoking catenary streetlights. rakumba.com 03 Expression Series wall linings Easycraft’s Expression Series encompasses a range of decorative wall linings…

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from firm foundations

Treat your feet and your home to these delightfully tactile flooring products – from tranquil Italian marble and warm Australian timbers to decadent jewel-toned carpets. Find more residential products: selector.com and productnews.com.au 01 Active 2.0 antiviral floor coating Available through Artedomus, Active 2.0 by Fiandre is a self-cleaning surface coating that kills virus particles and bacteria, and removes pollutants from neighbouring air. The invisible coating can be fused to Maximum porcelain panels and Fiandre tiles for floors and walls. artedomus.com 02 Pulse hybrid flooring Quick-Step Pulse hybrid flooring combines the benefits of laminate and vinyl to provide a rigid, durable floor for any area of the home. Its watertight joins deliver a completely moisture-proof floor, effortlessly combining beauty and performance. premiumfloors.com.au 03 Semi-Precious carpet Elegant and lush, the Semi-Precious range of hand-tufted carpets from RC+D evokes the…

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rae rae house by austin maynard architects

For most of my adult life I’ve avoided accruing things. Over the years, I’ve stifled the urge to collect books, furniture, clothing and cutlery, positing that there is a finite number of things that a person “needs.” There’s a certain piousness to this pursuit of nothingness, spurred on by the ethical dilemmas surrounding how things are made. The thing about things, though, is that regardless of how consciously you try to avoid them, they somehow manage to creep into your life. More and more, when I visit people’s houses, it’s the way that “stuff” – collected over years and acting as a simulacrum of people and their experiences – is enmeshed with architecture that fascinates me. Rae Rae House by Austin Maynard Architects has been designed to move fluidly between support…

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Roofing: Spanish Del Carmen slate from Roof Service Co External walls: Adbri Masonry Architectural Brick in ‘Ivory’; silvertop ash V-jointed timber lining boards in Intergrain Ultradeck Timber Stain in ‘Frosted White’ Internal walls: Dulux ‘Lexicon’ and ‘Dandelion Yellow’ paint finishes Windows and doors: Schüco sliding windows from Gippsland Windows and Doors Flooring: Big River Armourfloor Engineered Timber in spotted gum; polished concrete floor; EC Carpets pure wool carpets in ‘Dark Carmine,’ ‘Delft Blue,’ Cadmium Green’ and ‘Ninety Four’ Lighting: Lumi pendant, About Space Ariel pendant and Stretch wall light; Masson for Light Tullyspot wall lights Kitchen: Maximum porcelain panel benchtops in ‘Moon’; Blanco Linus-S mixer; Miele oven, cooktop, fridge–freezer and dishwasher; Whispair Monte Carlo 90 rangehood; Designer Doorware handles; Blum soft-close hinges and drawers; Häfele Hailo Euro bin Bathroom: Viva Terzo Tempo tiles, Mutina Pico tiles and…