Houses, April 2016

Houses, April 2016


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


Houses 109.
Archive | Katelin Butler | 29 Mar 2016

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Introduction to Houses 109


Looking at the extension of Jenny’s House from the garden, the roof appears as “a thin plate resting lightly on tiled bookends.”
People | Judith Abell | 6 Oct 2016

Profile: Rosevear Stephenson Architects

Rosevear Stephenson Architects carefully stitches together the qualities of the site and the desires of the client to create honest and elemental houses.

First House

The timber-clad home frames spectacular views of Merimbula.
Projects | Clinton Murray | 4 Jan 2017

To the letter: Merimbula House

Architect Clinton Murray’s first residential commission all started with a handwritten letter from Europe.


The graphic rear elevation of this extension to a Californian bungalow is a play in roof forms, materials, texture and colour.
Projects | Marcus Baumgart | 10 Jun 2016

Suburban dialogue: Hip and Gable House

Architecture Architecture’s extension of a Californian bungalow in Melbourne creates a harmonious dialogue between old and new while fostering social engagement.

Similar in size and scale to the previous building on the site, the new building is in keeping with its context.
Projects | Sing d'Arcy | 14 Jul 2016

Urbane palazzo: Deepwater

Overlooking Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach, this new house consists of five levels that can be used together as one home or as two separate dwellings as required.

Located in the original dwelling, the refreshed kitchen takes design cues from the extension, improving the connection between old and new.
Projects | Leanne Amodeo | 18 Jul 2016

The long hall: Carlton Cloister

With a compelling ten-metre-long, red brick hallway that offers far more than circulation space, this extension to a Victorian terrace shows just how much can be achieved with a small footprint.

An open-air brick fireplace at the end of the garden sits adjacent to a swimming pool.
Projects | Helen Norrie | 14 Jun 2016

Dichotomous domesticity: Rosalie House

A cleverly orchestrated sequence creates a division between the public and private spaces in this new home, with a set of integrated garden pockets catering to various family activities.

After the clients’ first holiday home was lost in a fire, this new house was built to endure.
Projects | Judith Abell | 15 Jun 2016

‘Floating on water’: Dunalley House

The pragmatic is mixed with the poetic, as precast concrete, steel and glass come together to form this robust holiday house perched on the Tasmanian coast.

A new garden pavilion provides a guestroom, music room, laundry, garage and extra storage, while also creating a visually appealing backdrop to the backyard.
Projects | Katelin Butler | 27 Jul 2016

Urban multi-tasker: Backyard Studio

Adapting an inner-city site for a young family with a steady stream of interstate guests called for a standalone addition that accommodates a plethora of different activities.

The refined and relaxed kitchen is “pulled into a living theatre of cooking, eating and enjoying the company of family and friends.”
Projects | David Welsh | 21 Jun 2016

Gangsta’s paradise: Double Life House

A Sydney terrace house has been transformed into a “fortress of solitude,” a retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The steeply pitched skillion roof turns away from the two-storey western neighbour to greet visitors at the street.
Projects | Ella Leoncio | 22 Jun 2016

A contemporary angle: Humble House

Coy Yiontis creates a steeply pitched contemporary home for a mature couple to enjoy into their retirement.

A giant timber screen portal provides privacy from neighbours while creating “a splendid moment of opening and embrace.”
Projects | Margie Fraser | 24 Jun 2016

Light in spades: Garden House

This architect and designer duo transformed their dark box of a Queenslander into a garden-centric, light-filled house where views abound.

The extension’s roof and floor extend to complete the box-like form, the leftover covered space becoming a deck area.
Projects | Tobias Horrocks | 7 Jul 2016

The light within: Ballarat House

Light and bright inside but with a darker, more dramatic exterior, this timber-clad extension to a late-nineteenth-century home blends contemporary design with a historical context.


Sitting high among the hills, the Kangaloon House opens out to breathtaking views to the east.
Projects | Nikita Notowidigdo | 17 Oct 2016

Revisited: Kangaloon House

Designed as a country retreat, this environmentally sustainable home is a curious fusion of a vernacular barn-like aesthetic and a modern architectural language.