Houses, October 2017

Houses, October 2017


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


Houses 118.
Archive | Katelin Butler | 26 Sep 2017

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A striking facade of charcoal-stained timber radically alters the house’s appearance in the streetscape.
Projects | Marcus Baumgart | 12 Jan 2018

Effortless makeover: Balwyn House

Neil Architecture has thoroughly transformed a classic suburban house by an intervention that manages to appear both understated and effortless.

Existing and new concrete and bagged bricks contribute to a robust internal material palette.
Projects | Tobias Horrocks | 30 Oct 2017

Telescopic vision: Annandale House

Making clever use of an extreme slope, this robust and detail-focused addition to a weatherboard cottage by Welsh and Major Architects extends across its site like a telescope, creating open, calm spaces in dense inner-Sydney.

Artfully composed granite blocks reference civic buildings and create a sense of gravitas.
Projects | Katelin Butler | 12 Dec 2017

‘Celebration of granite’: Armadale Residence

Conceived as a celebration of granite, this home by B.E Architecture simultaneously evokes a sense of solid permanence and a contradictory feeling of lightness and warmth.

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Decorative modernism: Arent and Pyke
People | David Clark | 3 Jan 2018

Decorative modernism: Arent and Pyke

Residential interiors by Arent and Pyke employ colour and textiles to create a decorative modernism that feels particularly Australian.

The screen graphic by animator John Lycette of Lycette Bros was inspired by the garden but is not a literal response to it.
Projects | Brett Nixon | 23 Jan 2018

First House: Green Screen

Located directly along the edge of a railway, this was a challenging first project for NTF Architecture. Now, ten years later, Brett Nixon reflects on how this alteration and addition established the collaborative approach that his practice takes to the design and delivery of architecture.

A light well, reminiscent of a sundial, bends light into the kitchen and offers skyward vistas.
Projects | Michelle Bailey | 5 Dec 2017

Ruin in the landscape: Gibbon Street

Imbued with an Italian influence, this worker’s cottage has been transformed by Cavill Architects into an imaginary “ruin” that honours the poetics of decay.

The raw material palette is designed to weather naturally and respond to the rural context.
Projects | Susanne Kennedy | 8 Dec 2017

Tranquil and textural: A Pavilion Between Trees

A modernist-inspired rural retreat, this semidetached pavilion by Branch Studio Architects responds meaningfully to its landscape and to the trees that determined its design.

The kitchen and living area extend into the garden, making the most of the northern light.
Projects | Rebecca Gross | 1 Feb 2018

Utterly unpretentious: Marrickville House

This efficient and effective extension by MI Architects makes the most of a fast-track approval process, unpretentious materials and a simple form to meet the clients’ brief and budget.

 A contemporary twist on traditional Flemish bond brickwork makes for a highly textured facade.
Projects | Hayley Curnow | 6 Dec 2017

Brick by brick: Grey Street House

A celebration of the process and legacy of making, this house by Local Architecture transcends its modest site and budget through strategic manipulations of light and form.

A green-tiled bench references foliage and defines the kitchen within the open-plan space.
Projects | Mark Scruby | 29 Jan 2018

Of its place: Layer House

Modelled on the layers of limestone shelves and caves that make up its site, this sustainable beach house by Robson Rak offers genuine connection to the outdoors.

The original outhouse acts as a threshold point between the outdoor dining and bathing areas.
House | David Welsh | 6 Feb 2018

An outdoor challenge: Waterloo House

A sensitive extension to a heritage-listed Sydney terrace house by Anthony Gill Architects offers generous living spaces and encourages a life lived outdoors.

Joinery elements are used to create zones without detracting from the open space.
Projects | Leanne Amodeo | 16 Jan 2018

Confident and compact: Nine Smith Street

A community-minded inner-city development by MA Architects with Neometro refines the apartment typology with clever spatial planning to celebrate small-footprint living.

Blackwood veneer joinery and timber flooring and furniture accentuate the house’s white walls.
Projects | Stuart King | 19 Dec 2017

Modern dialogue: Longview Avenue Garden Room

Taylor and Hinds Architects’ addition to a 1950s modernist house starts a “conversation” with the original architecture, without compromising the originality and idiosyncrasy of the new.

Capturing the spectacular view, floor-to-ceiling windows along the length of the living/ dining space are framed by a narrow balcony and overhanging roof.
Projects | Eugenie Keefer Bell | 7 Feb 2018

Revisited: Mijuscovic House

Designed in 1979 and completed in 1983, this house embodies Enrico Taglietti’s skill in setting the building in its specific landscape.