Houses, April 2012

Houses, April 2012


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


Robert Riddel, Geoff Cook and David Gole.
People | Margie Fraser | 8 Jun 2012

Riddel Architecture

As well as restoring and adapting old buildings, Riddel Architecture has a growing suite of new residential projects.

Hoop pine plywood.
Discussion | 8 Jun 2012

Material palette: Riddel Architecture

Riddel Architecture’s preferred materials and finishes.


The Houses of William Wurster: Frames for Living by Caitlin Lempres Brostrom and Richard C. Peters.
Discussion | 8 Jun 2012

The Houses of William Wurster

This book celebrates the life and work of William Wurster in a compilation of some of the architect’s best-known houses.

Michael O’Connell: The Lost Modernist by Harriet Edquist.
Discussion | 12 Jun 2012

Michael O’Connell: The Lost Modernist

This book examines the work of a textile artist whose work significantly contributed to Modernism in Australia.

The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture by Philip Goad and Julie Willis (eds).
Discussion | 1 Apr 2012

The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture

The first encyclopedia dedicated to Australian architecture.

Stanisic: Live/Work
Discussion | 25 Jul 2012

Stanisic: Live/Work

The concept of collective housing is explored in this book, through the work of Sydney architecture firm Stanisic Associates.


Button baskets.
Product | 12 Jun 2012

Home comforts

A collection of home products from Houses 85.

Built after the clients’ home was lost to fire, Hillside Habitat reveals a love of nature.
Projects | Mark Scruby | 13 Jun 2012

Hillside Habitat

Replacing a house lost in the 2009 fires, this home celebrates a shared experience of place rather than fear, loss or fire.

New, crisp interiors have been created behind the original facade of this 1920s duplex.
Projects | Rowena Hockin | 21 Jun 2012

South Yarra Residence

Astute planning and subtlety of detail assure a seamless transition between old and new parts of this refined residence.

Open, easy circulation and access to outdoor spaces were important to the clients.
Projects | Margie Fraser | 27 Jun 2012

Mountford House

This postwar home in Brisbane has been renovated with an instinctive understanding of the daily rhythms of life.

Opposite the new kitchen, a rumpus room and play area doubles as a study at night.
Projects | Ted Quinton | 29 Jun 2012

House Eadie

This inner-city terrace renovation preserves a sense of history while creating multifunctional spaces for family life.

Concrete ceilings complement parquetry floors in the living room. Artwork: Sara Hughes, World Wide Optimism (Asia Pacific), (2010).
Projects | Cassie Hansen | 3 Jul 2012

Airlie Bank Apartment

Neometro and McAllister Alcock have created a sumptuous, comfortable apartment that is also enduring and functional.

Concrete construction is a departure from the lightweight beachside vernacular.
Projects | Sheona Thomson | 3 Aug 2012

Little Cove House

A Queensland house infused with landscape from front to back, suggesting a continuation of the national park.

A large island bench topped with polished concrete runs the length of the kitchen.
Projects | Peter Salhani | 31 Jul 2012

Sydney House

This urban beach house by Popov Bass Architects has the best of both worlds, designed with a strong connection to the ocean at the front and a private garden oasis at the rear.

Timber batten screens can be moved to track the sun.
Projects | Katelin Butler | 10 Jul 2012

House Reduction

An inner-city renovation follows the ‘quality not quantity’ mantra, reducing its footprint instead of adding space.

The thumbs up sign is visible from a Lygon Street cafe.
Projects | Tai Snaith | 19 Jul 2012

Milk Carton House

Simon and Freda Thornton’s quirky extension to a Brunswick house is “udderly charming.”

A kitchen/dining pavilion extends into the garden.
Projects | Michelle Bailey | 16 Jul 2012

Fig Tree Pocket House

Anchored into the sloping site, this house by by Plazibat & Jemmott Architects directly connects to the backyard.

A marriage of opposites: the kitchen's white gloss and hoop pine joinery.
Projects | Marcus Baumgart | 24 Jul 2012

East Melbourne residence

A renovation by Nic Owen Architects emphasizes the original elements of an historically significant terrace.


Designer Keith Melbourne.
People | Rowena Robertson | 16 Jun 2012

Studio: Keith Melbourne

Furniture designer Keith Melbourne draws on the tenets of his former profession to create a form of “artistic engineering.”

Sparkk's family team: (L–R) Edwin, Christian, Barbara and Saskia Rysenbry.
People | Penny Craswell | 14 Jul 2012

Studio: Sparkk

Family design studio Sparkk uses digital printing technology to produce fabric and wallpaper in bulk or short runs.

First House

The eastern facade of the Glebe House has a subtle street presence, hiding the extension at the western end.
Projects | James Fitzpatrick | 20 Jun 2012

First House: Fitzpatrick + Partners

Fitzpatrick + Partners revisits Glebe House, the practice’s first project from 2002.


Spacecraft cushions.
Product | 25 Jul 2012

Textiles roundup

A collection of textiles from Houses 85.

Le Pixel umbrella.
Product | 30 Jul 2012

Make a splash

Colourful products for inside and out from Houses 85


Exhibition: Veiled by Greer Honeywill
Discussion | Esther Anatolitis | 17 Jul 2012

Exhibition: Veiled by Greer Honeywill

This exhibition explored a world of hidden meanings through poetic assemblies of found and new objects.


The raised platform “living bay” serves as a display space for ceramics and paintings.
Projects | Nigel Bertram | 30 Jul 2012

King House and Studios (1952–64) revisited

The one-room house by Robin Boyd for artists Inge and Grahame King.


The living room has a dynamic ceiling.
Projects | Katelin Butler | 1 Apr 2012

Granny Flat

The organic forms of this Hong Kong apartment by Affect-t are the result of international connections and productions.