Houses, June 2012

Houses, June 2012


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


The practice team: Anna Field, Celia Carroll, Louise Lovmand and Andrew Burges.
People | Natalie Ward | 1 Aug 2012

Andrew Burges Architecture

Expression of scale, compactness and flexible space characterize the residential work of this Sydney practice.

Walls at the Point Piper Boathouse are Isernia and Aretusa sandblasted stone.
Discussion | 1 Aug 2012

Material palette: Andrew Burges Architecture

Combinations of stone, timber and concrete define the work of this practice.


Inspire: Australian National Architecture Awards 2011 by Katarina Stübe and David Parken.
Archive | 1 Jun 2012

Australian National Architecture Awards 2011

A compilation of award-winning projects from the 2011 National Architecture Awards.

21st Century Architecture: Designer Houses.
Discussion | 10 Aug 2012

Designer Houses

Fifty-plus distinctive new houses from around the world, including ten Australian projects, make up this latest addition to the 21st Century Architecture series of publications.

Victorian Modern by Robin Boyd.
Discussion | 7 Aug 2012

Victorian Modern

Robin Boyd was working on this second edition of his 1947 treatise when he died in 1971. Now it has been published by the Robin Boyd Foundation.

Meaning in Space by Leon van Schaik.
Discussion | 6 Aug 2012

Meaning in Space

Leon van Schaik considers art and artefacts, and the architecture that accommodates them.


Showtime outdoor chairs.
Product | 8 Aug 2012

Show off your curves

Curvaceous fittings and furniture from Houses 86.

Can Can lamp from Euroluce.
Product | 3 Oct 2012

Shed some light on it

Lighting from Houses 86.


Furniture designer Sean Dix.
People | Penny Craswell | 8 Aug 2012

Studio: Sean Dix

Furniture designer Sean Dix creates takes inspiration globally and gives each of his pieces a distinct and layered character.

Christopher Boots, lighting designer.
People | Alexandra Roginski | 17 Aug 2012

Studio: Christopher Boots

Melbourne lighting designer Christopher Boots creates pendants drawn from geometry, science and nature.

First House

The shell is wrapped up in imperfectly bent Colorbond sheets.
Projects | Cat Mcleod and Michael Bellemo | 24 Aug 2012

First House: Bellemo and Cat

Bellemo and Cat revisits Cocoon House, the practice’s first project from 2001.


The timber-lined, cloud-shaped profile extrudes towards the garden.
Projects | Leon van Schaik | 6 Aug 2012

Cloud House

McBride Charles Ryan adds a playful cloud-like form to the rear of a suburban house, leaving its period facade intact.

The deep reveals of the sitting room window frame the greenery beyond.
Projects | Sheona Thomson | 27 Jul 2012

Four-room cottage

A renovation by Owen and Vokes of a typical worker’s cottage allows a narrative of contemporary living.

Tucked into the foothills, below a eucalypt canopy.
Projects | Laura Harding | 27 Sep 2012

Avoca Beach House

Astute planning by Architect Prineas makes a holiday home comfortable for large or small family gatherings.

A high ceiling within the new volume slopes down towards the west.
Projects | Peter Davies | 1 Jun 2012

Hawthorn Residence

An 1890s weatherboard cottage sensitively restored and added to by Nixon Tulloch Fortey Architecture.

The modestly scaled rear wing houses eating, cooking, laundry and study spaces.
Projects | Genevieve Lilley | 17 Aug 2012

Balmain Archive

A folding, twisting addition by Innovarchi gives a Sydney Federation house a little extra space and a lot more character.

A glazed pavilion attaches to the rear of the original dwelling.
Projects | Marcus Baumgart | 12 Sep 2012

PLE Residence

Mim Design softens the scale of a Federation home with a series of connected living spaces.

Spirit Level Designs added a pergola and sandstone verandah.
Projects | Freya Lombardo | 9 Aug 2012

Campbell House

A playful extension to an early 1900s Sydney cottage by Sam Crawford Architects responds to the relaxed nature of the clients.

On a sliver of land, the long north and south elevations are moulded with apertures to control light, privacy and views.
Projects | Andrew Nimmo | 10 Sep 2012

Seacliff House

Architect Chris Elliott’s house is a laboratory for experimentation and a landmark along the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk.

A private garden courtyard has become the pivotal point of all household activity.
Projects | Michelle Bailey | 14 Aug 2012

Boston Street House

Queensland architect James Russell salvages a spec house, turning negatives into positives.

Inspired by public pools, the pool has distorted lane markings.
Projects | Tobias Horrocks | 1 Jun 2012

Victoria Road House

A curvaceous, colourful extension by Fiona Winzar Architects to a Victorian cottage.

The pool is positioned to capture the northern sun.
Projects | Mark Scruby | 24 Jan 2013

South Yarra House

A house originally designed by Harold Desbrowe-Annear is given a new lease of life by Allen Powell Architects.


Climatic response takes priority over formal expression.
Projects | Margie Fraser | 12 Feb 2013

Burrandool House (1986) revisited

John Dalton’s final project project in Queensland.


The 1956 timber church adapted as the architect’s studio.
Projects | Margie Fraser | 16 Nov 2012

Shane Thompson’s studio

Shane Thompson turns an old timber church into a working studio on his semi-rural Queensland property.

More articles

Local residents and shopkeepers maintain the three parklets along Foster Street.
Discussion | Deborah Niski | 8 Aug 2012

Edible Outdoor Rooms

An installation in Sydney’s Surry Hills explores new ways of using urban space for the benefit of locals.