Houses, October 2011

Houses, October 2011


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


Tim O’Sullivan and Sioux Clark of Multiplicity
People | Mark Scruby | 6 Jan 2012

Tim O’Sullivan and Sioux Clark

Artful adaptive reuse projects gave them a name, while attention to detail and careful decisions are key to their success.

Book reviews

Prefab Houses by Arnt Cobbers and Oliver Jahn.
Discussion | 7 Jan 2012

Prefab Houses

Arnt Cobbers and Oliver Jahn explore the evolution of prefab housing in their book Prefab Houses.


A detail from the cover of Under the Edge: The Architecture of Peter Stutchbury.
Discussion | 10 Nov 2011

The Architecture of Peter Stutchbury

A collection of critical essays by Peter Stutchbury’s friends with reflections by Stutchbury himself.

Gerrit Rietveld
Discussion | 13 Dec 2011

Gerrit Rietveld

The prolific career of Dutch furniture designer and architect Gerrit Rietveld is celebrated in this fine monograph.

Colour Hunting: How Colour Influences What We Buy, Make and Feel
Discussion | Cassie Hansen | 11 Jan 2012

Colour Hunting

This book considers how we subconsciously perceive colours and how those perceptions can influence what we buy and feel.


About A Chair collection.
Product | 12 Jan 2012

Products to create domestic bliss

A collection of products from Houses.

Mirthe Sofa.
Product | 13 Jan 2012

Outdoor products from Houses 82

The latest furniture, materials and products for the enjoyment of outdoor living.


Bunky, for Magis, is made from polyethylene and assembled from four pieces.
People | Cassie Hansen | 11 Jan 2012

Studio: Marc Newson

Arguably Australia’s most successful design export, Marc Newson has added his Midas touch to a wide variety of items.

Philippe Nigro.
People | Esther Anatolitis | 12 Jan 2012

Studio: Philippe Nigro

The designs by Philippe Nigro are characterized by interlocking forms, striking balance and playful use of colour.


House Shmukler by Tribe Studio.
Discussion | Ted Quinton | 12 Jan 2012

Shifting attitudes to sustainable living

To achieve sustainable living, a change is needed. Attitudinal shifts, rather than technical shifts, are required.

The clean, white boldness of the house’s facade offers visual respite in a street of mixed architectural styles.
Discussion | Hannah Tribe | 12 Jan 2012

House Shmukler

A sustainability case study.


Framed in salvaged wandoo, a picture window gazes into the treetops from the main living space.
Projects | Peter Davies | 28 Oct 2011

Westernport House

This understated holiday house balances privacy and openness, turning its back on the street to embrace its coastal setting.

A glazed gap is left between the old and new parts of the house.
Projects | Tobias Horrocks | 7 Dec 2011

Ilma Grove House

In this renovation by Andrew Maynard Architects, the old and new components take on separate identities.

A dramatic roof form is the main feature of IPH’s Florida Beach House.
Projects | Lynn Churchill | 13 Dec 2011

Florida Beach House

An undulating roof floats above this weekender, creating a series of visual connections with the Indian Ocean beyond.

The design strikes an intentional visual balance between garden and residence.
Projects | Freya Lombardo | 19 Dec 2011

Garden House

Mark Pearse Architect and Brian Kiernan placed equal emphasis on garden and building in this home.

The kitchen and dining room are filled with light and focused towards views framed by glazing.
Projects | Judith Abell | 3 Nov 2011

Marion Bay House

This holiday house sets up a relationship with the landscape that is predominantly about pleasant separation.

Timber sliders divide the living and outdoor rooms.
Projects | Margie Fraser | 6 Jan 2012

Lilley House

This house is a modest beautiful living environment for a young family and carefully addresses it suburban Brisbane context.

A bluestone podium anchors the new conservatory to the heritage setting of Mount Pleasant.
Projects | John Ancher | 16 Jan 2012

Mount Pleasant

This restoration of a Georgian residence is an exceptional model of sensitive architectural intervention.

The sharpness of the western corner, concealing democratic bunkrooms and shared bathrooms, was a topic of debate.
Projects | Margie Fraser | 21 Dec 2011

Stradbroke Beach House

This house celebrates the idea of owner-built shacks, in particular the notions of simple shelter and robustness.

Jackson Teece’s inner-city terrace extension is surrounded by garden and fresh air on three sides. Artwork: Tom Moore, Ray Hughes Gallery 
(fish sculpture).
Projects | Freya Lombardo | 17 Jan 2012

Surry Hills Residence

Removed from its urban context, this inner-city terrace embraces the natural appeal and ample light of its garden site.

 A “cathedral” ceiling defines and enlivens this rear extension by Mihaly Slocombe Architects.
Projects | Luke Fry | 19 Jan 2012

Basser House

A simple but effective roof manoeuvre creates a light, open space to celebrate cooking and dining with family and friends.


The house hugs a steep bush block, looking north to Middle Cove.
Projects | Peter Salhani | 18 Jan 2012

Baudish House (1964) revisited

Ken Woolley’s Baudish House found pristine after 50 years.


The cubby comes complete with kitchen nook and roof-window attic.
Discussion | Esther Anatolitis | 17 Jan 2012

Open House – Kids Under Cover

Nixon Tulloch Fortey Architecture with builder BD Projects have created more than just a space for play.

More articles

Vienna: Art and Design – Two Paths To Modernism
Discussion | Helen Stitt | 13 Jan 2012

Vienna: Art and Design

An exhibition on Vienna circa 1900 showed a diversity of artists, media and approaches to creating a “modern style.”