Houses, December 2016

Houses, December 2016


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


Houses 113.
Archive | Katelin Butler | 28 Nov 2016

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Introduction to Houses 113.


Profile: Phorm Architecture + Design
People | Margie Fraser | 19 May 2017

Profile: Phorm Architecture + Design

With an appreciation of vastness, infinite variety and our temporary occupation of land, each residential project by Phorm Architecture and Design has a deep connection to its site.


The design of the Together dining table for De La Espada was limited to the maximum dimensions considered conducive to comfortable conversation.
People | Jill Pope | 9 Jan 2017

Making the normal special: Studioilse

Working across interior and product design, London-based Ilse Crawford of Studioilse aims to make the “small moments of every day matter.”


A layering of indoor and outdoor spaces defines the spatial arrangement of this coastal Sydney home.
Projects | Genevieve Lilley | 13 Mar 2017

Rich and robust: Brick House

A layered arrangement of volumes and materials gives this new home by Andrew Burges Architects a spatial richness and complexity that balances privacy and outlook.

The plan of the one-hundred-square-metre studio has been subtly reconfigured and new insertions into the space are meticulously finished.
Projects | Leanne Amodeo | 3 May 2017

‘Sensuously textural’: Luxe Ten

Maria Danos Architecture has transformed a graphic design studio space into a moody and textural one-bedroom apartment.

The lower level of glazing is transparent to the light well and the upper level is frosted for privacy.
Projects | Katelin Butler | 17 Mar 2017

Upward spiral: Fitzroy Terrace

A terrace house renovation by Adrian Amore Architects with a stair that functions as much more than just vertical circulation.

The Farm is open to 360-degree coastal, pastoral and mountain views, while protecting its inhabitants from wild weather.
Projects | Trisha Croaker | 6 Apr 2017

On the edge: The Farm

A new coastal home by Fergus Scott Architects that can accommodate up to thirty relatives and friends.

Each room of this new home opens up to pocket-sized courtyards and views to the sky.
Projects | Sing d'Arcy | 29 Mar 2017

Clean slate: Coastal Semi

A carefully considered rebuilding of a coastal semidetached home by Jason Gibney Design Workshop.

Pavilion living: Annandale Residence
Projects | Sing d'Arcy | 9 Mar 2017

Pavilion living: Annandale Residence

This alteration and addition to an inner-city terrace house by Jackson Teece is a second attempt by the owners to create their dream home. This time around, they have succeeded.

The street elevation of the Courtyard House takes subtle cues from neighbouring properties, particularly in the use of the elongated brown brick.
Projects | Sarah Hurst | 18 Apr 2017

Oasis of greenery: Courtyard House

A subtle arrangement of garden courtyards creates an oasis of greenery at the Courtyard House by Figr Architecture.

The living spaces have been stretched out along the ground floor and out towards the backyard.
Projects | David Welsh | 5 May 2017

Shapeshifter: Bronte House

An adaption of a beachside terrace by Archer Office that feels “generous, considerate and creative.”


The pitch of the new roof is followed internally to allow additional light into the interior.
Projects | Helen Norrie | 12 Apr 2017

Sharp pitch: Wilston Bungalow

The spirit and character of a modest postwar bungalow have been retained and celebrated by its architect-owner, who has reconnected the home to its backyard.

The new living areas are minimal and clean, heightened by a three-metre-high ceiling and a deliberate lack of embellishment.
Projects | Leanne Amodeo | 11 Apr 2017

‘Quietly hardworking’: Sheppard Wilson House

Sam Crawford Architects has restored and extended a weatherboard cottage towards views of a heritage-listed Moreton Bay fig tree in the backyard.

A simple living volume is articulated through a layering of interior textures and extends into a small western terrace. Artwork: Joseph McGlennon.
Projects | Marcus Baumgart | 9 May 2017

Virtue of restraint: South Melbourne House

Showing restraint and simplicity, a new home by Powell and Glenn is animated by the changing light and shade.


Entered at the base of a short cul-de-sac, the McDonald-Smith House is stretched across a wedge-shaped site.
Projects | Harriet Edquist | 12 May 2017

Revisited: McDonald-Smith House

The complex geometries, rugged forms and textures of this home in Melbourne’s Kew, completed in 1969, reveal and enhance the patterns of everyday life.

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Pre-weathered copper cladding hovers above the ground and defines the extension as a “placed object.”
Projects | Paul Porjazoski | 22 May 2017

First house: Bent Robe by Bent Architecture

A modest extension for his in-laws provided Paul Porjazoski of Bent Architecture with a springboard from which to launch his practice.