Houses, February 2015

Houses, February 2015


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


Houses 102.
Archive | Katelin Butler | 2 Feb 2015

Houses 102 preview

Introduction to Houses 102.


Explorations of restraint and celebration: Tobias Partners
People | Genevieve Lilley | 24 Aug 2015

Explorations of restraint and celebration: Tobias Partners

The residential work of Tobias Partners are varied explorations of a consistent philosophy.

First House

Dulwich Hill House by Nobbs Radford Architects.
Projects | Alison Nobbs | 21 May 2015

First House: Nobbs Radford

Alison Nobbs of Nobbs Radford Architects reflects on their first completed project, the Dulwich Hill House.


The Mushroom lamp for Ligne Roset gently rocks from side to side until it comes to a rest in its standing position.
Product | Peter Davies | 7 Aug 2015

Crisp and refined: Happy Finish Design

With a love for solving problems and exploring the potential of materials, Nick Rennie of Happy Finish Design has created a series of refined objects.


On the street elevation of the Lake Wendouree House, a highly figurative window forms an abstracted outline of the landscape and lake.
Projects | Brett Seakins | 23 Apr 2015

A home with heart: Lake Wendouree House

A new house by John Wardle Architects that establishes direct connection with the “civic heart” of Ballarat and its community.

The new living area includes a large kitchen in a crisp, white palette that continues throughout the house.
Projects | Nikita Notowidigdo | 17 Apr 2015

Stitching time: Mosman House

A renovation of a Sydney bungalow by Ian Moore Architects makes for a playful dialogue between old and new.

Myriad small moves were made to restore the warehouse character, including removing internal partitions to make spaces feel more open.
Projects | Tobias Horrocks | 20 Apr 2015

From little things: South Yarra Warehouse

NMBW Architecture Studio achieve a powerful impact with subtle revisions and modifications to a warehouse apartment in inner Melbourne.

At the front, a thick timber skin is carved into with deep reveals and angled glazing, orienting the dweller to distinctive views within and beyond the site.
Projects | Judith Abell | 15 Apr 2015

Up the line: Lagoon House

A landscape of strong horizontal lines with rolling hills inspired the form of this house.

Central to the plan of the Courtyard House is the opening and wrapping of all spaces around gardens and courtyards.
Projects | Trisha Croaker | 11 May 2015

Playing to type: Courtyard House

This delightful reinterpretation of a traditional terrace house has built-in flexibility, allowing it to adapt and change to the evolving needs of the family.

Unlike many Sydney homes, Garden House turns inward and is wrapped around a central courtyard.
Projects | Jenna Reed Burns | 25 May 2015

Green at heart: Garden House

A lush green courtyard is the focus of this new Sydney home by Pearse Architects, with almost every room connected to the central planted outdoor space.

Striking clerestory windows funnel northern light into the extension, the winter sun falling onto the dining table.
Projects | Sarah Hurst | 21 Apr 2015

To the letter: M House

Make Architecture amplifies the simple pleasures of daily living and confirm the ideals of quality over quantity.

The roof dramatically dips to the south, forming a “V” over the kitchen space and giving the house the bow shape from which it gained its moniker.
Projects | Brett Seakins | 4 May 2015

Gift-wrapped: Bow House

Edwards Moore tie a series of sculptural spaces and dramatic angles into a bow-shaped house

The house celebrates the robust material of fibre cement and uses high-level glazing and raked ceilings to engage with the landscape.
Projects | Micky Pinkerton | 28 Apr 2015

Shore shack redemption: Seal Rocks Shack

A respectful and restrained homage to the Australian beach shack by Nathan Gibson Judd Architect.

A covered patio at the back of the house references the look of the original cottage front.
Projects | Marcus Baumgart | 26 May 2015

A ‘cordial neighbour’: Sandringham House

Technē Architecture and Interior Design and Doherty Design Studio turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse with an alteration and addition that respects the existing streetscape.

A kitchen/dining/family room that runs the full width of the site makes the most of the northern aspect. Artwork: Jo Davenport, River Morn.
Projects | Genevieve Lilley | 13 May 2015

Spirit of generosity: Birchgrove House

A Sydney terrace has been sensitively updated into a variety of spatial experiences.


When viewed from the garden terraces below, the house presents itself as a framed box propped off its brick piers and retaining walls, which extend into the garden.
Projects | Elizabeth Musgrave | 14 May 2015

Sun and Shadow House

Completed in 1978, this house by John Dalton, in Brisbane’s Fig Tree Pocket engages directly with its riverside setting to create a memorable architectural experience as well as an inviting and delightful home.