Houses, December 2015

Houses, December 2015


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


Houses 107.
Archive | Katelin Butler | 24 Nov 2015

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Introduction to Houses 107

First House

Although the house is small in footprint, the double-height space and connection between levels make it feel larger.
Projects | Neil Durbach | 18 Feb 2016

First House: Durbach Block Jaggers

A mix of innocence, ignorance and enthusiasm comes with starting a new practice. This Sydney house is an early exploration of Neil Durbach’s obsessions and interests as an architect. Twenty-four years after designing it, Neil reflects on his first experience of working independently.


The main living space or salon can be opened to views of water at either end – a pool to the north-east and the ocean to the south-west.
Projects | Katelin Butler | 3 Feb 2016

The art of minimalist living: Villa Marittima

Experienced like a piece of immersive installation art, this new beachside home by Robin Williams Architect encourages its inhabitants to engage all their senses.

After a detailed site analysis by the architect and client, the Stealth House was located on a knoll beneath a ridgeline.
Projects | Sheona Thomson | 8 Feb 2016

Time to hide: Stealth House

This new home by Teeland Architects has a sensitive connection to its hinterland hillside setting and, over time, it is intended to quietly disappear into the landscape.

A frangipani tree within a circular garden bed marks the entry to the low-lying house.
Projects | Kevin O'Brien | 4 Feb 2016

Cliff hanger: The Edge

Set within a luscious tropical landscape, this new house by Charles Wright Architects negotiates issues of privacy and preservation of sightlines to make sure everyone can enjoy the undeniably spectacular coastal view.

The modest scale of the House in Double Bay and the compactness of the plan are compensated for by the generous light well in the living space.
Projects | Sing d'Arcy | 10 Feb 2016

Raising eyebrows: House in Double Bay

Without compromise on quality or invention, this new speculative home by Tribe Studio Architects has an emphasis on spatial interest and an abundance of natural light.

The house is a U-shape around a front courtyard hidden behind a modest brick wall.
Projects | Genevieve Lilley | 17 Feb 2016

Sizing up: Marrickville Courtyard House

Located on one of three blocks created in the subdivision of a large corner site, this new house by David Boyle Architect “feels huge but sits on a relatively small site.”

Industrial in aesthetic and sitting between a corner shop and a suburban bungalow, this new house has no setback from its West Brunswick street.
Projects | Maitiú Ward | 23 Feb 2016

Hard and soft: Bridge House 2

The tough exterior of this new house by Delia Teschendorff Architecture gives way to a “soft centre,” protected from the hustle and bustle of a busy West Brunswick street.

The gable-roofed addition floats above the modest single-storey brick and green weatherboard cottage.
Projects | Nikita Notowidigdo | 3 Mar 2016

A simpatico relationship: Wood-Walther House

This addition to an 1880s cottage by Benn & Penna Architecture sets up dialogues between old and new and between inside and outside to create a delicately complex and understated home.

Newtown House by Hall Bowra Architects.
Projects | Nicola Balch | 2 Mar 2016

Lofty light: Newtown House

The unassuming exterior form of this terrace alteration and addition by Hall Bowra Architects belies an internal spatial complexity that brings light, views and fresh air deep into the living spaces.


The original brief for the Stone House was for a modest dwelling with light, greenery and open space that could potentially accommodate children. Artwork: Asha Bilu.
Projects | Jacqui Alexander | 16 Mar 2016

Stone House (1953) revisited

Designed in 1953 by Robin Boyd for Victor and Peggy Stone, this modest home in Melbourne’s Eaglemont reflected the progressive attitudes of its owners.

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Views from the house are largely into the two courtyards and to the garden, with sightlines to neighbouring structures restricted. Artwork: Paul Gundry.
Projects | Michael Keniger | 11 Feb 2016

Suburban illusion: Laneway House

This new infill house in Brisbane’s New Farm by O’Neill Architecture balances openness with privacy to create a clever and inviting inner-suburban sanctuary.

The two-storey extension fits neatly into its garden surrounds, using a large mango tree as a focal point.
Projects | Margie Fraser | 11 Mar 2016

Geometry at play: West End House

Taking cues from existing trees on site, this renovation and extension to a Queenslander by Marc and Co Architects opens up and embraces a delightful backyard setting.