Houses, February 2012

Houses, February 2012


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


Genevieve and Chris de Campo of de Campo
People | Tobias Horrocks | 10 Apr 2012

Genevieve and Chris de Campo

Specializing in insulated precast concrete construction, de Campo Architects is working towards a sustainable future.

Insulated precast concrete
Discussion | 10 Apr 2012

Material palette: De Campo Architects

de Campo Architects favourite materials and textures.


Warm House Cool House: Inspirational Designs for Low-Energy Housing
Discussion | 12 Apr 2012

Warm House Cool House

Now in its second edition, this book explores using on-site conditions to create sustainable, low-energy houses.

Forty-six Square Metres of Land Doesn’t Normally Become a House
Discussion | 24 Apr 2012

46m2 of Land Doesn’t Normally Become a House

This book discusses how to maximize the available space on a site.

Discussion | 28 Apr 2012


Photographer Martyn Thompson portrays complex, moody and intense living spaces, capturing what makes each space a home.

70/80/90 Iconic Australian Houses
Discussion | 30 Apr 2012

70/80/90 Iconic Australian Houses

The follow-up to the design classic 50/60/70 Iconic Australian Houses.


Universal bath covers.
Product | 18 May 2012

Bring it home

Products from Houses 84.

Yellow Diva flat pack 2–3 furniture range.
Product | 17 May 2012

Take a seat

Seating from Houses 84.

Kyton kitchen designs.
Product | 29 May 2012

Master Chef

Kitchen products from Houses 84.


Designer Ross Gardam.
People | Cassie Hansen | 29 May 2012

Studio: Ross Gardam

Founder of design studio Spaceleft Ross Gardam creates furniture and lighting products.

Studio: Autoban
People | Deborah Niski | 1 Jun 2012

Studio: Autoban

The sophisticated designs of Turkish studio Autoban are layered with an alluring playful edge.

First House

The house was readdressed to the side street, with a new entry.
Projects | 6 Apr 2012

First House: Kennedy Nolan Architects

Kennedy Nolan Architects revisits James Street House, the practice’s first project from 1998.


The streetscape was one of the key aesthetic drivers for the design of this house, which responds to the character of the surrounding area.
Projects | Tobias Horrocks | 13 Apr 2012

Seaview House

This house by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects is a replacement for an old relocated weatherboard cottage.

Large, sliding glass panels open up the living space to the central courtyard.
Projects | Lucy Moloney | 23 Apr 2012

Coogee House by TFAD with Annie Benjamin

This secluded family oasis in Sydney’s east follows the mantra of “less is more.”

A winding garden path from the street leads up onto the front deck and entry portal, flanked by two pavilions.
Projects | Margie Fraser | 5 May 2012

Peregian Beach House Two

This beach house by Sparks Architects embraces its thickly wooded site with a series of framed views.

The ocean is a powerful focal point of this functional, beautifully designed Bondi house.
Projects | Peter Salhani | 15 May 2012

South Bondi House

A terrace house by Redgen Mathieson celebrates its spectacular beach views while remaining private.

Retaining green space was important in contributing to the fabric of the surrounding "garden suburb."
Projects | Kirril Shields | 26 May 2012

Chelmer Pool House

Historic context and green space are key in this renovation of a Brisbane Queenslander.

A lowered “bulkhead” corridor ceiling emphasizes the transition from the original house.
Projects | Marcus Baumgart | 1 Jun 2012

Parure House

Not just another inner-urban renovation. This unique design has been expertly tailored to suit the needs of its clients.

A terrace extends along the full length of the north wall, sheltering the large bank of sliding timber doors.
Projects | Ted Quinton | 7 Jun 2012

Chinaman’s Beach House

This house sits comfortably within its precipitous setting.

The U-shaped plan results in a breezy series of indoor and outdoor living spaces.
Projects | Mark Scruby | 21 Aug 2012

Balnarring Beach House

A Mornington Peninsula beach house by Simon Couchman Architects offers a refuge from the city.

This “black box in the backyard” is a contemporary pavilion, celebrating open space.
Projects | Sheona Thomson | 20 Aug 2012

Paddington House

A black-and-white pavilion by dm2 Architecture is neatly attached to a colonial home in Brisbane.

Black laminate joinery with subtle lighting and a single sheet of copper for the splashback. Artwork: Karl Maughan.
Projects | Freya Lombardo | 22 Aug 2012

Victoria Barracks House

Matthew Gribben Architecture renovate a classic inner-Sydney terrace, introducing light and air through a central light well.


Built-in seats encircling the fire pit eliminate the need for furniture.
Projects | James Jones | 23 Aug 2012

Fort Nelson House (1978) revisited

A Hobart masterpiece by J. H. Esmond Dorney.


The winning Australia House proposal by Andrew Burns Architect, due to be built by the end of July 2012.
Discussion | Katelin Butler | 15 May 2012

Australia House competition

Launched in 2009, the Australia House offers an artist-in-residence program in Japan.

More articles

Overview of Try This at Home at Object Gallery.
Discussion | Penny Craswell | 2 Feb 2012

Try this at home

A series of interactive installations that challenges us to rethink the way we live to achieve a more sustainable environment.