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Top 5 houses of 2014

We round up our most popular residential architecture reviews from the year that was.

1. Invisible House by Peter Stutchbury Architecture
Nestled into
a ridgeline overlooking the New South Wales Megalong Valley, this house [above] wholeheartedly embraces its epic bushland setting. More…

2. Karri Loop House by MORQ

A house in Margaret River responds directly to the sun, the breeze and trees on site to create a series of inviting living spaces. More…

Karri Loop House by MORQ

Karri Loop House by MORQ

Image: Peter Bennetts

3. Balmain Houses by Benn and Penna Architects

Two semi-attached dwellings plus a studio accommodate a range of scenarios for multi-generational living. More…

Balmain Houses by Benn and Penna Architects

Balmain Houses by Benn and Penna Architects

Image: Tom Ferguson

4. Beach House Mornington by Clare Cousins Architects

Clare Cousins adds a self-contained, timber-clad “treehouse” to an original Merchant Builders’ home. Generously glazed and lined in raw ply, this clever, compact addition is both elevated and uplifting. More…

Beach House Mornington Peninsula by Clare Cousins Architects.

Beach House Mornington Peninsula by Clare Cousins Architects.

Image: Shannon McGrath

5. Main Ridge Residence by McAllister Alcock Architects
Folded forms and angles, in both plan and section, characterize this private residence at a prominent winery on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. More…

Main Ridge Residence by McAllister Alcock Architects.

Main Ridge Residence by McAllister Alcock Architects.

Image: Shannon McGrath

Products and materials

Roofing
Peninsula Timbers hoop pine ply interior and exterior cladding; Bradford Anticon R2.5 and Rockwool R3.0 roofing blankets.
External walls
Woodform Architectural spotted-gum Expression timber cladding in Sorrento profile; Bluescope Steel Corten steel; Alucobond cladding in ‘Night Sky’.
Internal walls
Peninsula Timbers spotted-gum cladding; Australian Architectural Hardwoods tallowwood bench seating and shelves.
Windows
Viridian Energytech double glazing; custom timber frames.
Doors
Lockwood locks and levers; custom brushed-stainless-steel flush pull.
Flooring
Domus Grigio Cenere limestone tiles; Cavalier Bremworth Curlicue carpet.
Lighting
Darkon Architectural Lighting Deep Down downlight; Artemide Tolomeo suspension light and Dioscuri wall and ceiling lights; Great Dane Furniture Float light.
Kitchen
Miele electric oven, microwave combi oven, warming drawer, hotplates and gas hob; Fisher and Paykel dishwasher; Electrolux fridge; Qasair rangehood; Reece Posh Solus sink; Astra Walker Icon mixer; Woodform Architectural spotted-gum timber panel; CDK Stone Arabescato benchtop; stainless steel benchtop.
Bathroom
Astra Walker Icon wall and shower mixer sets; Capitol Building Products basin; Rogerseller toilet suite; Victoria and Albert Monaco bath; Domus Vixel mosaic tiles; CDK Stone Arabescato stone, honed.
Heating and cooling
Hydronic heating; Cheminees Philippe Radiante Design Collection fireplace; Real Flame Simplicity fireplace.
External elements
Laminated Timber Supplies cypress pine Durabeam structural columns; Woodform Architectural Lifestyle Decking spotted-gum timber decking.
Other
Enzie spiral staircase.

Credits

Architect
McAllister Alcock Architects (MAA)
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Project Team
Karen Alcock, Clare McAllister, Maria Danos, Brett Seakins, Jack Tu, Vasili Tsekrekos, Ben Schmideg
Consultants
Builder Rob Gaffney Constructions
Engineer Bland Connard Menzies
Landscaping Landscaping Victoria in collaboration with McAllister Alcock Architects
Site details
Location Mornington Peninsula,  Vic,  Australia
Site type Rural
Site area 102664 m2
Building area 483 m2
Category Residential buildings
Type Houses, Residential
Project Details
Status Built
Design, documentation 12 months
Construction 14 months

Products and materials

Roofing
Lysaght Trimdek in Colorbond ‘Windspray’.
External walls
Tilling Timber Western red cedar V-joint cladding; Laminated Timber Supplies cypress Durabeam structural timber.
Internal walls
Plywood cladding.
Windows and doors
Trend Windows and Doors Western red cedar windows and doors.
Flooring
Radial Timber Sales silvertop ash timber decking; Tasmanian oak flooring limed with Feast Watson liming solution.
Lighting
Masson For Light Comet wall light.
Kitchen
Fisher and Paykel bar fridge integrated with plywood joinery; Reece Caroma Lab sink; Astra Walker mixer.
Bathroom
Reece Scala mixer; Pozzi-Ginori wall basin; plywood joinery; Fibonacci Stone floor tiles, honed; Classic Ceramics wall tiles; Sussex Pol shower head.
Heating and cooling
Jetmaster Heat and Glo gas fire unit.
Other
Jardan Milo sofa; custom-made plywood bed.

Credits

Architect
Clare Cousins Architects
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Project Team
Clare Cousins, Tara Ward, Jessie Fowler
Consultants
Builder Greg Scott Constructions
Engineer Co-Struct
Site details
Location Mornington,  Melbourne,  Vic,  Australia
Site area 1308 m2
Building area 301 m2
Category Residential buildings
Type Alts and adds, Houses, Residential
Project Details
Status Built
Design, documentation 7 months
Construction 6 months

Products and materials

Roofing
Off-form concrete; flat-plate mild steel sheet.
External walls
Off-form concrete; Mudgee tiger stone.
Internal walls
Hoop pine ply.
Windows and doors
Bakers Joinery hardwood and glass windows and doors.
Flooring
Concrete slab.
Lighting
Tovo Lighting lights; custom lights by builder.
Kitchen
Vola raw brass tapware; Enware raw brass tapware; formply joinery; custom galvanized sink; off-form concrete bench.
Bathroom
Custom galvanized sinks.
Heating and cooling
Progressive Energy Systems hydronic floor heating and geothermal heating.
External elements
Concrete pavers

Credits

Architect
Peter Stutchbury Architecture
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Project Team
Peter Stutchbury, John Bohane, Emma Neville, Richard Smith, Sacha Zehnder, Piero Chiefa
Consultants
Builder Dimark Constructions
Electrical consultant Electrical Projects Australia
Energy consultant Progressive Energy Systems
Engineer Professor Max Irvine
Hydraulics JCL Hydraulics
Site details
Location Blue Mountains,  NSW,  Australia
Site type Rural
Site area 66000 m2
Building area 425 m2
Budget $1,624,000
Category Residential buildings
Type Houses, Residential
Project Details
Status Built
Design, documentation 12 months
Construction 12 months

Products and materials

Roofing
Lysaght Custom Orb in Colorbond ‘Windspray’; Polyair Ultra thermal blanket.
External walls
Recycled bricks (from site); Western red cedar battens in Cutek clear oil finish.
Internal walls
Recycled bricks (from site) and plasterboard, both painted in Dulux ‘Dieskau’.
Windows
Acacia Joinery cedar timber windows in Cutek clear oil finish.
Doors
Acacia Joinery cedar timber doors painted in Dulux ‘Dieskau’.
Flooring
Recycled timber floor from Ironwood Australia in Synteko matt finish and limewash finish.
Lighting
George Nelson Bubble lamp from Spence and Lyda; Kreon Diapason track lights from Dedece; Lucciola o Lanterna wall light from Viabizzuno.
Kitchen
Highland cooktops; Vola mixers; Bisanna Tiles splashbacks; Bisanna Tiles slate benchtop (House 1); stainless steel benchtop (House 2); polyurethane joinery, painted white (House 1); spotted gum joinery (House 2).
Bathroom
Royal Mosa Collection wall and ceiling tiles; Duravit Scola washbasins; Hikari sunken bath from The Japanese Bath Company.
Other
Objekto Paulistano armchair from Hub; Modernica Grasshopper chair, Massproductions Sofa #1 and Tio chair, all from Spence and Lyda.

Credits

Architect
Benn and Penna Architects
Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Project Team
Andrew Benn, Alice Penna, Thomas Benn, Simon Apps
Consultants
Builder Join Constructions
Engineer BG&E
Site details
Location Sydney,  NSW,  Australia
Site type Suburban
Site area 260 m2
Building area 250 m2
Category Residential buildings
Type Houses, Residential
Project Details
Status Built
Design, documentation 10 months
Construction 11 months

Products and materials

Roofing
Fielders KingKlip Zincalume roofing.
External walls
Gunnersens Shadowclad cladding, painted.
Internal walls
Laminex hoop pine ply; Boral Gyprock.
Windows
Custom timber-framed windows.
Doors
Laminex Plylite.
Flooring
Laminex hoop pine ply.
Kitchen
Neff appliances.
Bathroom
Reece accessories.
Heating and cooling
Radiant Floor Heating Safe-t-Flex heating foil.
External elements
ModWood silver gum decking.

Credits

Architect
MORQ
Perth, WA, Australia
Project Team
Andrea Quagliola, Emiliano Roia, Matteo Monteduro, Josh Saunders, Tor Dahl, Ken Yeung, Catherine Farrell, Clare Porter and Sally Farrah
Consultants
Builder Tectonics Construction Group
Cabinetmaker Margaret River Cabinets and Joinery
Engineer Margaret River Structural Engineering
Leading carpenter Henk Van Oostenbrugge
Site details
Location Margaret River,  WA,  Australia
Site type Suburban
Site area 2200 m2
Building area 290 m2
Budget $710,000
Category Residential buildings
Type Houses, Residential
Project Details
Status Built
Design, documentation 12 months
Construction 45 months

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