Houses, April 2017

Houses, April 2017


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


Houses 115.
Archive | Katelin Butler | 27 Mar 2017

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Introduction to Houses 115.


Jade Vidal, Anna Dutton and Chema Bould of Bower Architecture.
People | Marcus Baumgart | 10 Oct 2017

Revealed rather than crafted: The houses of Bower Architecture

Over the last ten years, Bower Architecture has carefully refined its collection of signature elements and spatial techniques to create houses with “completeness and specificity about them.”

First House

The project grew into a full masterplan that included future business plans for becoming makers of goats’ cheese.
Projects | Justin Noxon | 5 Sep 2017

First House: Main Ridge Farmhouse

Designed while he was living in London, Justin Noxon’s first house was for his brother and sister-in-law as stage one of a masterplan for Main Ridge Dairy. Now, fourteen years later, Justin reflects on this project and the lessons it taught him.


The neatness of the facade’s spotted-gum battens and crisply framed windows is offset by thick jacaranda branches that twist across the garden.
Projects | Jennifer McMaster | 19 Jul 2017

Essential extravagance: Jac House

This reductive addition to a four-room cottage by Panov Scott endeavours to “find the essential” and in doing so, embraces human comfort and cumulative experience.

A white metal grille and dramatic blue gate conceal what’s inside and define the exterior of the dwelling.
Projects | Mark Scruby | 18 Jul 2017

Making waves: Moving House

An apparently faceless building by Architects EAT reveals itself as a layered and sculptural home that playfully controls light and shadow throughout the day.

Timber-framed skillion roofs top the house, with the largest section draining rainwater into a box gutter to be collected in tanks.
Projects | Helen Norrie | 9 Aug 2017

Tough but delicate: Inverdon House

Designed to withstand cyclones and cater to its owners as they age, this thoughtful house by Chloe Naughton reflects the level of detail and craftsmanship that is characteristic of local traditions.

White tile cladding applied to the new component is reminiscent of the Sydney Opera House as well as the long association that Surry Hills has with the Portuguese community.
Projects | Sing d'Arcy | 8 Aug 2017

Independent integration: Crown 515

A new set of five apartments by Smart Design Studio discreetly wraps around an existing terrace facade, while announcing itself to the street in a bold, white sculptural form.

The rear elevation of the addition comprises a “suspended brick tapestry” over a lightweight pavilion.
Projects | Peter Salhani | 21 Jul 2017

Garden revelation: House Au Yeung

With a wink to the brick cottage’s Arts and Crafts heritage, this addition by Tribe Studio relaxes the home’s original formality, brings focus to the garden and offers thoughtful elements of surprise.

The grey blockwork of the original walls remains, with the zigzag steel column structure adding a mid-century modernist aesthetic.
Projects | Mark Scruby | 15 Aug 2017

Fresh breeze: Sorrento House

Retaining the relaxed, breezy feel of the original beach house, this extension and renovation by Figureground Architecture is a clever reorganization that makes the most of the views and space.

What from the outside looks like a single detached house is actually three apartments.
Projects | Linda Cheng | 23 Aug 2017

Affordability by design: Gen Y Demonstration Housing

Emblematic of a generational shift in thinking about housing, this development of three apartments by David Barr Architects is an example of affordability by design.

Three flights of finely detailed concrete stairs are visible through the dark, faceted form of the home.
Projects | Katelin Butler | 26 Jul 2017

Privacy and openness: Coogee House

This new home by Chenchow Little is a private sanctuary that maximizes the impressive panoramic views to the Pacific Ocean, while also contributing to the neighbourhood itself.

The raw-finish cement sheet cladding on the new volume was chosen for its “honesty” and the contrast it provides to the weatherboard of the original home.
Projects | Brett Seakins | 22 Aug 2017

Writ large: Albert Park House

In remodelling a typical double-fronted Victorian terrace in Albert Park, Claire Scorpo Architects designed a home that unexpectedly ended up smaller than it started, but created comfortable, useable areas.

The insertion of a curved timber-panelled joinery wall defines the zones within the apartment, conceals original splayed walls and provides storage space. Artwork: unknown artist.
Projects | Rebecca Gross | 16 Aug 2017

Above the curve: Concord Apartment

This apartment renovation by Retallack Thompson overcomes spatial challenges to add character and charm.

The sunken living room ends in a brick-floored courtyard beside the back garden.
Projects | Michelle Bailey | 29 Aug 2017

Historic four-sight: Paddington Residence

This addition to a four-room cottage Kieron Gait Architects challenges room-making conventions and encourages its owners to share in the “magic” of treehouses and cubbies.


The original bright colours of the house have been painted over, first in deep red, and then in white and black, as it appears now.
Projects | David Clark | 30 Aug 2017

Revisited: Jersey House by Peter Stronach

This home, completed in 1987 by Peter Stronach for a Sydney advertising executive, has lost its original bold external colour, but it has retained its design flair and spatial drama.