Houses, February 2011

Houses, February 2011


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


Brian Donovan and Timothy Hill.
People | Margie Fraser | 24 Jan 2012

Brian Donovan and Timothy Hill

Donovan Hill is well-known for its stunning craftsmanship, a by-product of its emphasis on collaboration and experimentation.

Material palette: Donovan Hill
Discussion | 20 Feb 2012

Material palette: Donovan Hill

Donovan Hill shares some favourite products.


The Story of Eames Furniture
Discussion | 1 Mar 2012

The Story of Eames Furniture

An exploration of the early years of the Eames office.

Sustainable House
Discussion | 28 Feb 2012

Sustainable House

A manual on how to implement sustainable strategies using author Michael Mobbs’s own house as an example.

Inspire 2010
Discussion | 31 Dec 2010

Inspire 2010

The first in a series of ten annual, limited-edition books celebrating Australian architecture.


Mix and match
Product | 27 Aug 2012

Mix and match

Household products from Houses 78.


Studio: Greg Natale
People | Deborah Niski | 2 Feb 2011

Studio: Greg Natale

Brimming with passion and vision, interior designer Greg Natale strives for integration and innovation in his work.

The Canvas sofa, designed by Francesco Rota.
Product | Penny Craswell | 1 Feb 2011

Studio: Paola Lenti

A range of outdoor furniture by Paola Lenti conceived with industrial designer Francesco Rota – the concept was to offer “an indoor style for outdoor use.”


Diagram of the Caulfield House by Bower Architecture, a case study in glazing for energy efficiency.
Discussion | Scott Drake | 5 Sep 2012

Glazing and energy efficiency

How glass can be strategically used as a key device in environmentally sustainable design.

The building form contrasts solid mass with walls of glass.
Projects | Jade Vidal | 5 Sep 2012

Caulfield House

A case study in sustainable design through strategic use of glazing.


The extension has a “retro-futuristic” look.
Projects | Mark Scruby | 29 Oct 2012

Mash House

Andrew Maynard Architects extends a Melbourne house with a curvilinear pod creating a series of colourful moments.

The kitchen and dining area overlooks a harbour beach in Sydney.
Projects | Lucy Moloney | 9 Nov 2011

Double Bay House

Tanner Architects maximizes panoramic views and light in a relaxed living environment in the spirit of a beach house.

The composition of irregular modules is unified by colour.
Projects | Peter Salhani | 26 Oct 2012

House at Balmoral Beach

Collins and Turner’s facade of frames organises the interior and views of Sydney Harbour.

Dark timber beams, white-painted brickwork and a block of timber veneer storage are robust and family friendly.
Projects | Peter Davies | 11 Jan 2013

Hickford House

Kennedy Nolan Architects sculpts a series of hard-working spaces to take the daily scuffs of family life.

An above-ground lap pool in the internal garden.
Projects | Mark Scruby | 1 Feb 2011

Enclave House

A suburban Melbourne by BKK Architects with an internal garden at its core.

The extension has been treated as a detached pavilion.
Projects | Martyn Hook | 1 Feb 2011

Middle Park House

A small cottage extension by Jean-Paul Rollo Architects uses a limited material palette and simple, bold architectural moves.

Natural materials camouflage the building in its surrounds.
Projects | Cameron Bruhn | 1 Feb 2011

St Andrews Beach House

A family beach house by Perkins Architects responds to its site and surrounds.

The overhanging metal front facade is designed for maximum shading.
Projects | Tobias Horrocks | 1 Feb 2011

Ashburton House

PHOOEY Architects bring interest and joy to the daily lives of a young family through a series of architectural “moments.”

Detail of the new studio and balcony above the central entry hall.
Projects | Eugenie Keefer Bell | 18 Oct 2012

H House

Nino Bellantonio, AiL Studio and Joanna Nelson Architect enhance the social character of a 1950s Canberra courtyard home.


The kitchen has been updated and opened up to the dining room.
Projects | Jane Lawrence | 23 Oct 2012

McConnell Residence (1967) revisited

The Adelaide home of Jack McConnell from 1967 to 2005.

More articles

A Place in the Sun
Discussion | 5 Mar 2012

A Place in the Sun

This book features intelligent examples of designing around light.

Influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright and the craftsmanship of traditional Japanese architecture, the house has been designed to harmonize with the landscape.
Discussion | Peter Salhani | 23 Oct 2012

Jack House (1956) revisited

Russell Jack’s little masterpiece in Wahroonga.