Houses, October 2015

Houses, October 2015


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


Houses 106.
Archive | Katelin Butler | 5 Oct 2015

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Introduction to Houses 106.


Wei Shun Lee and Kieron Gait, co-directors of Kieron Gait Architects.
People | Margie Fraser | 11 Nov 2016

‘Humble values’: Kieron Gait Architects

The husband-and-wife team behind Kieron Gait Architects has a deep understanding of the language of adaptation, creating moments of discovery and daring new forms.

First House

A timber deck steps down towards the river, extending the house into the landscape.
Projects | Sally Draper | 2 Feb 2016

First House: Seymour House

Sally Draper reflects on how one of her first project was an exploration of a home’s relationship to discipline and dreams.


A gentle but dramatic transformation has taken place at the rear of a red brick home, with breezeblock walls creating outdoor rooms that open onto the yard.
Projects | Genevieve Lilley | 2 Dec 2015

California dreamin’: Breeze Block House

Mid-century Californian style home by Architect Prineas that celebrates the idyll of the rear garden.

Designed in the manner of an oast, the extension is a reference to the industrious local migrant community.
Projects | Hayley Curnow | 20 Nov 2015

Scaling the chimney: Camino House

Bosske Architecture’s bold chimney-like addition gives a new voice to the existing home while reflecting the suburb’s past.

When viewed from the street, the house appears as a dark box clad in compressed fibre cement sheeting and striped with battens.
Projects | Sheona Thomson | 9 Dec 2015

Box of secrets: Francis Street House

A generous family home by ME made from equal helpings of inventiveness and restraint.

Sawmill House sits above a dam, the north side opening to views across the water.
Projects | Stuart Harrison | 5 Nov 2015

Spirit of experimentation: Sawmill House

Experimentation is at the centre of a single-bedroom house, designed by Archier, with genuinely new ideas and traditional technologies rethought.

The new pavilion has the charm of a child’s drawing of a house. Photograph: Christopher Frederick Jones.
Projects | Sheona Thomson | 20 Jan 2016

Larger than life: West End Cottage

A careful but confident transformation of a tiny worker’s cottage into a contemporary family home by Vokes and Peters.

A polycarbonate skin fixed behind the facade perforations allows light to pass through, creating a radiating box and visual intrigue.
Projects | Sarah Hurst | 17 Dec 2015

Suburban enigma: May Grove

With an engaging and enigmatic exterior, Jackson Clements Burrows sought to reconsider and redefine the ways in which this new house in Melbourne’s South Yarra might challenge existing street facade.

The modest setback and an open fence place the front door almost at arm’s length, as if to invite guests in.
Projects | Jennifer Calzini | 29 Oct 2015

Vanishing point: Balmoral House

This house follows Isamu Noguchi’s philosophy that art should “disappear” or become one with its surroundings.

The rear of the home opens out to a planted courtyard, with the box-like addition casting a watchful eye overhead.
Projects | David Welsh | 14 Dec 2015

Going with the grain: Hurlstone House

Tanner Kibble Denton Architects reconfigure a rarity in inner Sydney – a timber cottage with an adjacent stable building.

Essentially a concrete frame to a wall of glass, the large upper level flares outwards like an elegant aperture for observing the world.
Projects | Mark Scruby | 14 Jan 2016

Layer by layer: Concrete House

Made of timber, stone and steel, and topped with concrete, this rectilinear house by Matt Gibson Architecture and Design is the result of exceptional integration and interaction between layers.


Grange Road Townhouse “is clearly unpretentious, comfortable and accommodating to live in.” Artwork (L–R): Martin Smith; Gemma Smith (sculpture); Emily Ferretti.
Projects | Des Smith | 22 Jan 2016

Grange Road Townhouse (1967) revisited

A home designed by Graeme Gunn and built in 1967 for John Ridge, one of the founding directors of Merchant Builders.

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Central to the deign is a black box-like joinery unit housing the kitchen. It is subtle and unexpected, and the kitchen’s function is not immediately apparent.
Projects | Peter Davies | 7 Dec 2015

Light touch: The Strand

Whiting Architects creates a Melbourne bayside apartment a layered landscape of textural details and captivating vistas.

Remnants of something that was once more solid can be seen in the covered court, complete with a fireplace and landscape of brick ledges.
Projects | Margie Fraser | 16 Dec 2015

The outdoor type: Project Zero

BVN makes a memorable statement about sustainability and re-use in a renovated and extended postwar house in Brisbane.