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.
Practice | 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.
Review | Elizabeth Watson-Brown | 13 May 2011

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
Review | 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.
Review | 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.
Review | 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.
Review | 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.
Review | 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.
Practice | 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.
Review | 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.