Houses, December 2013

Houses, December 2013


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


Invisible House by Peter Stutchbury Architecture.
Archive | 1 Dec 2013

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In this day and age, not everyone aspires to the great Australian dream of a stand-alone house on a quarter-acre block. More and more people …


Architect Virginia Kerridge.
People | Natalie Ward | 11 Mar 2014

Profile: Virginia Kerridge Architect

The work of Sydney-based architect Virginia Kerridge is a hybrid of art and architecture.

Recycled bricks and timber in the Lilyfield Warehouse.
Discussion | 11 Mar 2014

Material palette: Virginia Kerridge Architect

Materials and finishes, often recycled, gives an expressive quality to the spaces created.


George Nelson with his Roll Top Desk.
Discussion | Deborah Niski | 13 Feb 2014

George Nelson: Architect, Designer, Writer, Teacher

Retrospective of a mid-twentieth century visionary.


Coco Flip
People | Jill Pope | 29 Apr 2014

Coco Flip

Distinctive furniture and lighting by Melbourne-based Kate Stokes of Coco Flip.

Julie Paterson: Cloth
People | Deborah Niski | 4 Mar 2014

Julie Paterson: Cloth

Handprinted on hemp and linen, Cloth Fabric designs are drawn from the Australian bush.

First House

The interlocking nature of the extension is derived from the concept of the Victorian love seat.
Projects | Simon Knott | 4 Apr 2014

First House: BKK Architects

BKK Architects revisits 2-Parts House, the practice’s first project from 2003.


The roof acts as a dam, creating a moat around the upper floor.
Projects | Trisha Croaker | 21 Feb 2014

Invisible House

A house by Peter Stutchbury Architecture embraces its epic bush pastoral setting.

Primary colours are concealed or revealed as the occupant modifies the space with the sliding panels to suit the activity.
Projects | Adam Russell | 1 Apr 2014

The Studio

Nicholas Gurney’s reworking of a studio apartment yields big objectives in a tiny envelope.

This little black “cocoon” nestles into its setting adjacent to a dam and provides a place to escape the complexities of contemporary living.
Projects | Katelin Butler | 24 Mar 2014

Pump House

A tiny retreat by Branch Studio embodies the handmade approach of this fledgling practice.

Two main dwellings are augmented by a third studio space.
Projects | David Welsh | 28 Feb 2014

Balmain Houses

Two semi-attached dwellings plus a studio by Benn and Penna Architects accommodate multi-generational living.

Karri Loop House opens intimately to private courtyards.
Projects | Lynn Churchill | 10 Mar 2014

Karri Loop House

A family home by MORQ in Margaret River responds directly to the movement of the sun, wind and trees.

The new living space connects to a timber deck and garden through full-height glazing and a large sliding door.
Projects | Maitiú Ward | 14 Apr 2014

Bent Gable

A terrace transformed by Bent Architecture is set apart from the ordinary by its details.

Large glass doors can be slid open to connect the kitchen with the courtyard, creating
one large indoor/outdoor room. Artwork: The Misfits poster, United Artist (kitchen).
Projects | David Welsh | 18 Mar 2014

Long Courtyard House

A slender courtyard extension creates a generous, space at the rear of a typical terrace house.

Much of the established landscape was retained, giving the addition a frame of reference to which it can respond.
Projects | Brett Seakins | 12 May 2014

Albert Park Villa

A zinc-clad box by O’Connor and Houle Architecture augments a Melbourne home.

The neutral colour palette used on the interior surfaces draws attention to colourful or tactile elements, such as a painting or view outside.
Projects | Tobias Horrocks | 7 May 2014

Bayside Residence

FMD Architects’ rear addition to an Art Deco house conjures up a simple beachside shack.

The rear elevation of the Chisel House has a sense of drama to it, with an elevated stage over the garden and pool area below.
Projects | Margie Fraser | 14 Mar 2014

Chisel House

A suspended box of folded timber creates a giant viewfinder facing the Brisbane skyline.


Timber trusses and slender steel columns on a concrete slab, give Hambrett House the unadorned presence of a shed or barn.
Projects | David Neustein | 5 Mar 2014

Hambrett House (1980s) revisited

An early 1980s homestead by Philip Cox remains emblematic of the architect’s view.


Reflections from a large mirror in Dalston House create the illusion that people are hanging off a real facade.
Discussion | Colin Martin | 20 Feb 2014

Dalston House

Artist Leandro Erlich’s playful exploration of domestic architecture.