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Issue 130 October 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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Despite how easy it may seem, simplicity in architecture is not straightforward – designing a house is complex and requires thoughtful planning and restraint. The homes in this issue express simplicity in varied ways, reflecting how we can do more with less. These homes are not reductive, but are instead understated and elegant. At Glebe House by Chenchow Little (page 20), a minimalist palette heightens the sculptural quality of the architecture, while at Vikki’s Place by Curious Practice (page 72) familiar materials like plywood bring tactility and warmth. In these homes, harmonious materials help to make the design ideas clear while also providing a robust setting for the kids and grandkids that may come along in years to come. Our Spotlight on granny flats (page 57) gives a snapshot of a type…

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Alysia Bennett Writer Alysia Bennett is a lecturer in Monash University’s Department of Architecture and is affiliated with Cumulus Studio. Her research concentrates on overcoming barriers to the densification and diversification of the suburbs in order to improve the affordability, availability and quality of housing. Sharyn Cairns Photographer Sharyn is a commercial photographer with a specialist portfolio spanning interiors, food, travel, and lifestyle. She is committed to creating beautiful images that capture a mood and an emotion, playing with light and shadows to create levels of depth and distinctive, memorable scenes. Rory Gardiner Photographer Rory Gardiner is an architecture photographer based in both London and Melbourne. Rory’s work interrogates the nature of human experience through space and materiality, using traditional analogue processes. Rory has worked with acclaimed architects and editorial publications. Beth George Writer Beth George is…

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Editorial director Katelin Butler Editorial enquiries Katelin Butler Associate editor Gemma Savio Assistant content editor Stephanie McGann Editorial team Cassie Hansen Josh Harris Alexa Kempton Mary Mann Production Simone Wall Design Metrik studiometrik.com General manager sales & digital Michael Pollard Account managers Amy Banks Tash Fisher Lana Golubinsky Victoria Hawthorne Cover: Mount Stuart Greenhouse by Bence Mulcahy. Photograph: Adam Gibson. Managing director Ian Close Publisher Sue Harris General manager operations Jacinta Reedy…

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fresh finds

A rug that references aerial views of a verdant wine region, stone tiles inspired by the scents and tastes of Morocco and a curvaceous bathroom collection – these are just some of the exciting new products featured here. 01 Lounge Chair JH97 The latest collaboration between Fritz Hansen and Spanish designer Jaime Hayon, Lounge Chair JH97 strikes an artful balance of new and traditional Danish design elements. Available in Australia exclusively from Cult, the chair has a low-slung silhouette that is elegant and relaxed. cultdesign.com.au 02 Fatima’s Reflection stone tiles Fatima’s Reflection from Fibonacci Stone’s Muse range is “a tagine-ful of heartfelt nostalgia.” The stone tile is named after a young university student who, together with creative director Michael Karakolis, designed it with reference to her home country, Morocco. fibonaccistone.com.au 03 Balla table lamp King Living’s…

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glebe house by chenchow little

Design is essentially a process of editing. In the context of architecture, the infinite possibilities for how space and material might be assembled need to be imagined, assessed and then executed – first on paper and in models, and finally constructed at full scale. Glebe House by Chenchow Little is sited on an awkwardly shaped block, hemmed in by neighbours. The compact dwelling was designed for a family of five and conveys a succinct architectural approach based on skilful editing. Described by practice director Tony Chenchow as “an exploration of volume, form and light,” Glebe House reflects the architects’ resolute commitment to expanding the sculptural potential of architecture. Beginning with a solid form, derived by extruding the occupiable site area as dictated by local council setback requirements, the architects strategically carved…

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mount stuart greenhouse by bence mulcahy

The brief for a residential project can come in many forms. But at its richest, it maps out a way of living throughout the year, highlighting the moments of daily life that the owners feel will bring pleasure. The clients for this alteration and addition had a series of clear ideas about the elements they needed: a bathing room for quiet contemplation, a kitchen you could cartwheel in, a room to view a giant cypress, dining tables for summer and winter, and as much sun as possible. Importantly, they wanted an extension that felt lived in from day one, as a suitable match for their grand, early twentieth-century Hobart home. Architecture Practice Bence Mulcahy took on this lively brief and entered into a collaborative process with the clients. While the overarching…