Houses, April 2011

Houses, April 2011


The best contemporary residential architecture, with inspirational ideas from leading architects and designers.


Emili Fox and Conrad Johnston of Fox Johnston
People | Natalie Ward | 23 Jan 2012

Emili Fox and Conrad Johnston

Fox Johnston draws on its alteration and addition experience to create innovative design solutions.

Bocci light.
Discussion | 25 Jan 2012

Material palette: Fox Johnston

Fox Johnston chooses materials, products and textures that complement the intricacies of each individual project.

Overview of the dinner.

Dinner in honour of Glenn Murcutt

Vola celebrates the life and work of Glenn Murcutt at a Sydney dinner.


The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale
Discussion | 30 Jul 2011

The Three Little Pigs

An architectural take on the traditional tale where the pigs read Domus and Abitare and sit in Thonet and Gehry chairs.

The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture shows just how quickly the walls between green architecture and high design are crumbling.
Discussion | 30 Jul 2011

The Green House

This book looks at the energy-efficient, low-impact systems used in a suite of houses from around the world.

Narrow Houses: New Directions in Efficient Design by Avi Friedman.
Discussion | 30 Jul 2011

Narrow Houses

Avi Friedman looks at the benefits of a long narrow footprint through a variety of examples.


Through a series of essays, Erika Esau shows the aesthetic connection she dubs a modern "Pacific Rim" style.
Discussion | 6 May 2011

Images of the Pacific Rim

Through a series of essays in this book, Erika Esau shows the aesthetic connection she dubs a modern “Pacific Rim” style.

Bruce Buchanan, Claremont, 2004, watercolour on paper.
Discussion | Margie Fraser | 13 May 1950

The Ipswich House exhibition

Thirteen contemporary artists recapture the heritage charm of Ipswich homes in a variety of media.


Kado Lure oval bath from Reece.
Product | 8 Sep 2012

The art of life

Household elements from Houses 79.

The Wexford F6167-02 fabric from the Athlone collection by Osborne & Little.
Product | 1 Apr 2011

Warp and weft

A selection of woven fabrics from Houses 79.

Furniture update
Product | 2 Oct 2012

Furniture update

Seating, tables, beds and storage units from Houses 79.


Balmoral House by Owen & Vokes.
Discussion | Greg Bamford | 19 Sep 2012

Renovating the suburbs

Renovating is an opportunity to rethink how a house can be occupied more sustainably.

The family room extends the enfilade of public rooms.
Projects | Stuart Vokes | 19 Sep 2012

Balmoral House

A case study in sustainable design through the provision of adaptable space.


A desk-height corner window in the study allows a view through a courtyard and TV room, to the pool.
Projects | Robert Bevan | 17 Sep 2012

Haberfield House

The restoration of a Federation house in Sydney’s Haberfield adds new layers of history while retaining the old.

Bagged and painted brickwork lends a Spanish sensibility.
Projects | Ted Quinton | 21 Sep 2012

Paddington House

Anthony Gill Architects combines two Sydney terraces into one family home.

The addition rejects the idea that an extension must blend in.
Projects | Emily Potter | 12 Oct 2012

Roofscape House

A Melbourne terrace-house extension by Antarctica.

As a black object in the landscape, the house has gravitas beyond its size.
Projects | Marcus Baumgart | 14 Sep 2012

Scape House

A compact beach house overlooking Bass Strait uses a seamless black folding form to increase its stature.

A long, thin pavilion is punctuated by a covered courtyard.
Projects | Mark Scruby | 8 Jan 2013

Hampton Farmhouse

A Blue Mountains retreat by Noxon Giffen with a wave-like roof in the colour of gum leaves, inside and out.

The lower pavilion can be seen from the upper pavilion.
Projects | Gabi Mocatta | 13 Sep 2012

Pirates Bay pavilions

Between forest and sea on the edge of the Tasman National Park, two pavilions fit snugly into the steep landscape.

Floor-to-ceiling glazing captures the expansive views.
Projects | Jenna Reed Burns | 1 Apr 2011

Shoreham House

A set of long, low-slung adjoining pavilions form a Mornington Peninsula house by SJB Architects.

Full-height glazing in the living area opens onto sandstone paving.
Projects | Kit Davidson | 2 Jan 2013

Alexandria House

Architect Tom Ferguson puts a pocket-sized garden at the centre of a Sydney terrace as part of its reinvention.

The concrete living pavilion with timber sleeping pavilion above.
Projects | Laura Harding | 21 Dec 2012

Woolwich House

A site-responsive Sydney house by Neeson Murcutt Architects.

The pavilion’s glass walls are adorned with sheer curtains.
Projects | Marcus Baumgart | 1 Apr 2011

East Melbourne Residence

Camouflaged from the street frontage by a reinstated Victorian facade is a finely detailed and furnished haven by Baldasso Cortese.


Belgian furniture and product designer Stefan Schöning.
People | Penny Craswell | 1 Apr 2011

Studio: Stefan Schöning

Belgian designer Stefan Schöning is building his portfolio of quietly quirky furniture.

Studio: Kasper Salto
People | Penny Craswell | 14 Sep 2012

Studio: Kasper Salto

Furniture designer Kasper Salto takes a “form follows function” approach to pieces contoured for comfort.


The soaring roof seen in profile on the east elevation.
Projects | Fergus Scott | 15 Apr 2013

Bawley Point House (1994) revisited

Fergus Scott revisits a house by Peter Stutchbury.

More articles

The Trial Bay House by James Jones and HBV Architects.
Discussion | Nigel Bertram | 2 Apr 2011

Our Houses talk

In November 2010 James Jones and Mike Jenkins, architect and client, talked about the Trial Bay House at the Walsh Street House.