Houses, October 2012

Houses, October 2012


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


(L–R): Matthew Ritchard, Brian Bass, Leigh Woodley, Alex Popov and Aya Maceda.
People | Natalie Ward | 21 Jan 2013

Profile: Popov Bass Architects

A Scandinavian design influence with a practical approach to Australian urban conditions.

The Whale Beach House has black timber stained walls.
Discussion | 21 Jan 2013

Material palette: Popov Bass Architects

The material approach of Sydney practice Popov Bass Architects.


Robin Dods: Selected Works
Discussion | 1 Oct 2012

Robin Dods: Selected Works

A comprehensive introduction to this influential figure.

Workshop Guide: Atelier Oï
Discussion | 1 Oct 2012

Workshop Guide: Atelier Oï

A survey of of the Swiss studio’s body of work.

The New 100 Houses x 100 Architects
Discussion | 1 Oct 2012

The New 100 Houses x 100 Architects

A book exploring one hundred inspiring homes around the world.

Dwelling with Architecture
Discussion | 1 Oct 2012

Dwelling with Architecture

Good things come in small packages, and this book – more diminutive than other architecture tomes – is no exception.


Studio: Henry Wilson
People | Matthew Hurst | 1 Oct 2012

Studio: Henry Wilson

Concern for the future inspires designer Henry Wilson to remake the past.

George Harper in his studio, with La Paz side tables/stools.
People | Cassie Hansen | 9 Jan 2013

Studio: George Harper of Tide Design

George Harper of Tide Design handcrafts timber furniture with traces of Scandinavian and 1950s design.

First House

First House: Elizabeth Watson Brown

First House: Elizabeth Watson Brown

Elizabeth Watson Brown revisits Ngungun House, her first project from 1990.


A two-storey house with open-plan living space and kitchen.
Projects | Freya Lombardo | 10 Jan 2013

Waverley House

An inner-Sydney renovation by Mac-Interactive makes the most of a small site.

The main space is a double-height volume, with a ply-clad capsule suspended either side.
Projects | Paul Walker | 4 Dec 2012

Waratah Weekender

Architecture Workshop creates a ‘campsite’ treehouse on a secluded stretch of Victorian coast.

A study nook is cleverly hidden behind a roller door.
Projects | Emily Potter | 14 Dec 2012

Jack and Jill House

A renovation by Breathe Architecture gives a Melbourne workers’ cottage a playful new series of living spaces.

The new pavilion has a different material language to the bungalow.
Projects | Chris Pearson | 27 Nov 2012

Smith Residence

David Boyle updates a Federation bungalow with a living pavilion in the garden.

The house plays with scale, appearing to have two levels.
Projects | Katelin Butler | 11 Dec 2012

Merricks Beach House

Games of geometry and scale, and use of recycled materials are part of the fun in a retreat by Kennedy Nolan Architects.

The living spaces flank a courtyard. Artwork: Robert Brownhall (background); Minnie Pwerle (foreground).
Projects | Margie Fraser | 20 Nov 2012

Clayfield House

Architects Richards & Spence compose a large Brisbane house around pockets of outdoor space.

On the outside, the property speaks to Mildura in its own language.
Projects | Robert Nelson | 4 Jan 2013

Wattle Avenue House

A suburban house in Mildura becomes a talking point thanks to an intervention by Minifie van Schaik architects.

With its concrete floor, painted brick and shed roof, the pavilion could pass for a recycled workshop.
Projects | Peter Salhani | 7 Dec 2012

House Kalafatas Challita

Saving a modest 1950s bungalow, Tribe Studio adds new life and space with a recycled brick pavilion.

The house “digs in and rises up” to make the best use of the site.
Projects | Niki Kalms | 30 Nov 2012

Darling Street

A Melbourne duplex by Neometro, McAllister Alcock Architects and Kerry Phelan Design Office (KPDO).

The main bedroom overhangs the combined kitchen/living space below.
Projects | Lucy Moloney | 18 Dec 2012

Elliott Ripper House

Architect Christopher Polly reinvents a compact sandstone cottage as a light-filled courtyard house.


Bookleaf walling from Urbanstone’s global stone series.
Product | 4 Jan 2013

Great outdoors

Outdoor furniture and materials from Houses 88.


The ground-level rooms gather around active courtyard spaces.
Projects | Cameron Bruhn | 25 Jan 2013

The Coolum Residences

Japan’s high-tech builders Sekisui House team up with Brisbane’s Push Architects, to create site-responsive housing.


From the back, the house appears more “romantic, less forbidding.”
Projects | Howard Tanner | 15 Feb 2013

Paterson House (1970) revisited

A Canberra house by Milan-born architect Enrico Taglietti.


Josef Albers, Set of four stacking tables, c. 1927.
Discussion | Colin Martin | 1 Oct 2012

Bauhaus: Art as life

An exhibition at the Barbican Centre in London revealed the origins and evolution of the Bauhaus.