Houses, December 2012

Houses, December 2012


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


NMBW Architecture Studio (L–R): Nigel Bertram, Lucinda Mclean & Marika Neustupny.
People | Maitiú Ward | 7 Feb 2013

Profile: NMBW Architecture Studio

Each residential project by NMBW Architecture Studio turns the ordinary into something special.

The Sorrento House uses C-D face plywood.
Discussion | 7 Feb 2013

Material palette: NMBW Architecture Studio

The Melbourne-based studio makes prosaic spaces from a pragmatic palette of plywood, bluestone, brick and concrete block.


20th Century World Architecture
Discussion | 1 Dec 2012

20th Century World Architecture

A rare tome that convinces you print will never die.

Draw Me a House
Discussion | 1 Dec 2012

Draw Me a House

An interactive colouring book for those little architects and designers.

Serisier House
Discussion | 1 Dec 2012

Serisier House

A collaboration between owners James and Jacqui Erskine, architect George Hatzisavas and artist David Serisier.

Housing Design: A Manual
Discussion | 1 Dec 2012

Housing Design: A Manual

An english translation of the second edition of Het ontwerpen van woningen (originally published in Dutch).


Justin and Glenn Lamont of LifeSpace Journey.
People | Matthew Hurst | 19 Feb 2013

Studio: Life Space Journey

From humble beginnings, two Melbourne brothers start a bespoke furniture and design practice.

The Atelier desk can be adjusted in height to suit individual needs.
Product | Anna McCooe | 15 Feb 2013

Studio: Team 7

Hand-made Austrian furniture and cabinetry from sustainably grown hardwood.

David Hicks with his Cadrys Sun rug, which captures “a warm, intimate feeling reminiscent of a silver sunburst with a flare at its centre.”
People | Deborah Niski | 1 Dec 2012

David Hicks

A holistic approach always informed the work of David Hicks, this ethos can now be seen in a new collection of rugs and sofas.

First House

The design of the Henwood House includes generous courtyards and landscaped open space.
Discussion | Alec Tzannes | 1 Dec 2012

First House: Tzannes Associates

Tzannes Associates revisits Henwood House, the practice’s first project from 1988.


The extension is wrapped in terracotta roof tiles.
Projects | Freya Lombardo | 22 Feb 2013

A house with tiles on it

Welsh + Major Architects add to a bungalow in Sydney’s heritage suburb of Haberfield.

A timber-clad wall continues from the inside to the outside.
Projects | Ted Quinton | 25 Feb 2013

Shelly Beach House

A Sydney house by Nathan Lester Architecture rests in dialogue with its setting.

A lineal perimeter courtyard garden brings light deep into the plan.
Projects | Lucy Moloney | 12 Feb 2013

Double Bay House

Tobias Partners renovates and streamlines an inner-Sydney terrace house bringing much needed natural light to both levels.

A splash of lime green detailing is seen inside and outside the house.
Projects | Tobias Horrocks | 5 Feb 2013

Hans House

Toby Horrocks reviews the ambitious first project of Michael Ong Design Office (MODO).

A large timber truss acts as the balcony balustrade.
Projects | Brett Seakins | 2 Apr 2013

Hawthorn House

An alteration and addition by AM Architecture responds to the layered history of a Melbourne house.

The facade with perforated anodized panels.
Projects | Margie Fraser | 8 Feb 2013

Currimundi Beach House

A house by Loucas Zahos Architects fits neatly into the fibro shack culture of the Sunshine Coast.

The “gem” of the house is a small box containing a private office.
Projects | Judith Abell | 1 Mar 2013

Napoleon Street House

A harbourfront house by Maria Gigney Architects in Battery Point, Hobart.

A strong, angular form wholly clad in sheet metal.
Projects | Bonnie Herring | 5 Mar 2013

Myrtle Street House

An abstraction of the Federation villa in Melbourne by Rexroth Mannasmann Collective.

A spotted-gum-lined roof overhang cradles the existing dwelling.
Projects | Rowena Robertson | 11 Mar 2013

Elsternwick Extension

A thoughtful renovation by Bower Architecture on a tricky inner-Melbourne site.

From the driveway, the elevation reads as a flat, timber face.
Projects | Cassie Hansen | 15 Feb 2013

Flinders Residence

A cedar-clad house on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula by Ashley Lochhead Architects.

The courtyard provides a protected outdoor space.
Projects | Micky Pinkerton | 19 Mar 2013

Merewether Residence

A Richard Neutra-inspired Newcastle house by Bourne Blue Architecture.


Batik, part of the Hirameki rug collection by Akira Isogawa for Designer Rugs.
Product | 13 Feb 2013

Take the floor

Flooring selections from Houses 89.


Dark Australian hardwood is seen throughout the house.
Projects | James Russell and John Ellway | 3 Apr 2013

Railton House & Office (1963) revisited

Queensland architect John Railton’s Brisbane home and office.


The planted berm exaggerates the existing hill.
Projects | Tobias Horrocks | 11 Jan 2013

Garage + Deck + Landscape

A brilliant landscape device by Baracco + Wright Architects solves a suburban privacy issue.