Houses, April 2014

Houses, April 2014


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


St Kilda East House by Clare Cousins Architects.
Archive | 1 Apr 2014

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More and more, architects are confronted with some form of heritage overlay or constraint. A knee-jerk reaction might see an architect thinking such guidelines leave …


Chris Bligh and Sonia Graham — Bligh Graham Architects.
People | Margie Fraser | 9 Jul 2014

Profile: Bligh Graham Architects

Bligh Graham Architects’ residential work connects people to their place and environment.

Oiled timber adds warmth and texture to the Samford House, while offering durability.
Discussion | 9 Jul 2014

Material palette: Bligh Graham Architects

The residential work of Bligh Graham Architects uses natural materials in a purposeful way.

First House

Several large trees on the site determined the footprint of Treehouse.
Projects | Fiona Dunin | 1 Apr 2014

First House: FMD Architects

FMD Architects revisits Treehouse, the practice’s first project.


A series of mechanical steel pivot windows were introduced, dramatically opening the upper level to views of Manly, Sydney Harbour and the Pacific Ocean.
Projects | David Welsh | 7 Jul 2014

Manly House

Archer Breakspear transforms a Sydney duplex, unlocking potential in its beachside location.

The apartment plan is flexible and multifunctional. Artworks (L–R): David Band, Cookin, 2013 (linen tea towel, framed); Esther Stewart, Full Circle, 2013.
Projects | Marcus Baumgart | 14 Jul 2014

Smith Street Apartment

A Paris-inspired loft-style apartment added to a period mercantile building in Melbourne.

The ground-floor facade peels outwards and floor-to-ceiling glass doors slide open, connecting a small north-facing deck to the living spaces.
Projects | Mark Scruby | 28 Jul 2014

Stonewood House

A creative response to heritage drove the design of this Melbourne house by Breathe Architecture.

Unlike many of its neighbours, this is a home that breathes.
Projects | Genevieve Lilley | 16 Jul 2014

Hunters Hill House

An inspiring Sydney home by Brisbane-based practice, Arkhefield.

North and south wings of the house are united at an external courtyard.
Projects | Maitiú Ward | 4 Aug 2014

St Kilda East House

Clare Cousins Architects extends a Victorian villa, blending the best of old and new.

Existing windows were enlarged and new ones added to bring light and a courtyard connection to the interior. Artwork: Kathie Peak.
Projects | Lucy Moloney | 20 Aug 2014

Shutter House

An early-twentieth-century house sensitively reawakened by Louise Nettleton Architects.

The new portion of the house includes a living, dining and kitchen space downstairs and a bedroom upstairs.
Projects | Michelle Bailey | 21 Jul 2014

Indooroopilly Residence

Robust new elements have been added to a delicate and tactile house in Brisbane.

A timber screen-cum-portal acts as a threshold between old and new.
Projects | Olivia Hyde | 23 Jun 2014

Paddington Terrace

Bennett and Trimble elegantly resolve terrace house issues with considered small-scale interventions.

The upper floor appears to float above the weightless glass pavilion.
Projects | Brett Seakins | 18 Aug 2014

Swinburne House

A new Melbourne home by Craig Rossetti Architects and Doherty Design Studio.

The northern deck features a sunken lounge with a large retractable awning in a wide bright stripe, recalling beach umbrella patterns.
Projects | Micky Pinkerton | 6 Aug 2014

Copacabana House

Nestled between sand dunes and banksias a costal house by McGregor Westlake Architecture modestly frames the view.


Palomba Serafini Associati
People | Alexa Kempton | 22 Jul 2014

Palomba Serafini Associati

Reduced forms and tactile appeal are key to the designs of Italian duo Roberto Palomba and Ludovica Serafini.


Although the surroundings have become more densely built, the sense of connection to the environment remains.
Projects | Rachel Hurst | 11 Aug 2014

Ghillanyi House (1957) revisited

Adelaide’s only Harry Seidler house, revisited by Rachel Hurst.