Houses, December 2017

Houses, December 2017


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


Houses 119.
Archive | Katelin Butler | 21 Nov 2017

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Introduction to Houses 119.


A central garden area, protected by the house’s L-shaped plan, offers ample space for play.
Projects | Mark Scruby | 20 Mar 2018

Kindred spirit: Belmont House

Informed by the memories of the original house, this alteration and addition sets the stage for family life, providing opportunities for both connection and privacy.

The clerestory windows, accommodated by the gable roof form, bring in “a world of light.”
Projects | Mark Scruby | 16 Mar 2018

Subtle luxury: The Villa at Barwon Heads

Referencing the gable roofs of the surrounding beach houses with its abstract, triangular form, this new home provides fuss-free luxury, perfect for a beach holiday.

The extension’s modern singular form contrasts with the horizontality of the existing house.
Projects | Leanne Amodeo | 20 Feb 2018

Stealthy sophistication: House Pranayama

With clarity of purpose and compelling spatial planning, this narrow three-level addition to a circa 1920s abode by Architect Prineas provides extra space for family life.

Slender steel columns support exposed ironbark beams that frame the roof and shadecloth canopy.
Projects | Sheona Thomson | 16 Feb 2018

Village living: Mitti Street House

Simultaneously a contained and open structure, this calming sanctuary embraces its subtropical setting while defending the interior from rainforest insects.


Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright of Baracco and Wright Architects (cropped).
People | Ross Brewin | 2 Feb 2018

Looking outward: Baracco and Wright Architects

With each new project, Louise Wright and Mauro Baracco of Baracco and Wright Architects aim to contribute to the broader urban ecology of a place.


Trias is a collective of three highly accomplished individuals (from left): Jonathon Donnelly, Casey Bryant and Jennifer McMaster.
People | Linda Cheng | 26 Jun 2018

Vitruvius’s disciples: Trias

Australia’s architectural scene is brimming with new talent. Linda Cheng chats with the young designers who make up Trias, a small emerging practice with big plans for the future.


A feeling of spatial lightness pervades the experience of the house from within.
Projects | Alice Hampson and Jason Haigh | 10 Apr 2018

Revisited: Fulcher Residence

Balancing a sense of solidity with a contrasting spatial lightness, this 1960s house is indicative of the enduring relevance of architect Peter Heathwood.

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With its cast iron hearth and connection to the outdoors, the living space has the feel of a country house. Artwork: David Larwill.
Projects | Sing d'Arcy | 13 Feb 2018

Drama on high: Cleveland Rooftop

This apartment, rich in detail and immersed in greenery atop a 1930s factory building in Surry Hills, is an urban oasis that sets an impressive precedent for apartment design.

The restrained material palette does not mimic or compete with the existing cottage, instead complementing it.
Projects | Brett Seakins | 6 Apr 2018

Natural ease: Tanner House

Demonstrating that history doesn’t have to be erased to create a contemporary home, this thoughtful extension to a heritage house offers both drama and intimacy.

A green roof over the garage completes the dramatic impression of the entry courtyard.
Projects | Helen Norrie | 28 Feb 2018

Green haven: Sunnybanks House

With a simple, calm form nestled into the dramatic landscape of southern Tasmania, this “forever house” embraces sustainable design principles.

This pavilion design became as much about reconfiguring the site to make the most of the garden as it was about adding space for a family of five.
Projects | Andrew Burges | 11 Apr 2018

First House: Carport Treehouse

Completed in 2004, this pavilion was one of the first projects by Andrew Burges Architects. Thirteen years later, Andrew reflects on how this pavilion began his practice’s lineage of meticulously documented and atmospheric projects.

The rear addition is a family-oriented living area that maintains a connection with the backyard.
Projects | Linda Cheng | 3 Apr 2018

Precise and proud: Light Saw House

A turn-of-the-century weatherboard cottage along Melbourne’s Merri Creek has been transformed by Zen Architects into a light-filled space for a family to come together.

The apartment’s floor plan underwent “radical surgery” to make the most of the views.
Projects | Marcus Baumgart | 21 Feb 2018

Highly crafted: Freshwater Apartment

A focus on craft and making provides this radically reconfigured apartment with a sense of warmth and tactile materiality, enhancing its stunning views.

The double-storey addition reinterprets the form of the heritage cottage to become its “bigger sibling.”
Projects | Rachael Bernstone | 28 Mar 2018

A cottage reborn: Parmelia Street

A sensitive reworking of a traditional cottage has transformed not only the house but also its owners, who initially felt indifferent about the prospect of renovating.