Houses, December 2018

Houses, December 2018


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


Houses 125 is on sale 3 December.
Preview | Katelin Butler | 28 Nov 2018

Houses 125 preview

Introduction to Houses 125.


Reinstating the original wraparound verandah re-exposed the living room as an operable corner.
Projects | Sheona Thomson | 19 Feb 2019

A clarifying transformation: Dyer Street House

James Russell Architect’s astute adjustments to this 1959 modernist home seamlessly meld future-aware adaptations to bring new equilibrium to the dwelling.

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Michael Anastassiades with the Mobile Chandelier 9 for Flos. Photograph: Hélène Binet.
Product | Marcus Piper | 22 Nov 2019

Maison&Objet Designer of the Year 2020: Michael Anastassiades

Recently named Maison&Objet’s Designer of the Year 2020, Michael Anastassiades balances elements of experimentation and timelessness to create elegant luminaires.

The interplay of Australian cypress and off-form concrete contributes to a contextually sympathetic facade.
Projects | Rachael Bernstone | 15 Feb 2019

Triumph over obstacle: Silver Street House

The unusual obstacle of an underground sewer line bisecting this South Fremantle block has led to a nuanced architectural treatment and a house brimming with moments of unexpected delight.

A mezzanine level hovering within the space is open to views of the landscape at both ends of the house.
Projects | Katelin Butler | 25 Feb 2019

Spirit of simplicity: Featherston Studio

Sitting within the hallowed bones of the building designed for Mary and Grant Featherston by Robin Boyd in the late 1960s, this new studio captures the spirit of the original home while opening a new chapter for the Featherston family.

The control of light and views is celebrated through the use of brightly coloured steel light scoops and screens.
Projects | Michelle Bailey | 20 Feb 2019

Superbly scaled: Tarragindi steel house

An exercise in shaping tall volumes, sculpting light and layering materials, this Brisbane home by Bligh Graham Architects is an exciting exemplar for small-lot housing in subtropical suburbia.

Joseph Lovell and Stephanie Burton, codirectors of Lovell Burton Architecture.
People | Katelin Butler | 19 Mar 2019

One to watch: Lovell Burton

Joseph Lovell and Stephanie Burton only officially opened their studio in 2018 and have already completed two houses and won a Houses Award, and they have many more projects in the pipeline.

Brimming with plants and a large pond, the courtyard is not designed as an active space but as an area to look out to. Artwork: Wanjidari.
Projects | Leanne Amodeo | 9 Mar 2019

Elegant interventions: Bouwman House

Delivered under strict heritage controls, this sensitive addition to a Federation-style home creates a family abode that considers spatiality as thoughtfully as it does light and materiality.

The architects have eschewed a completely open plan in favour of distinct, comfortable spaces. Artworks: Louise Blyton (top left); Rohan Hutchinson (bottom left); Cameron Robbins (right).
Projects | Brett Seakins | 12 Mar 2019

Homeliness over expediency: Peel by Milieu

Of one with the once-gritty Melbourne suburb of Collingwood, this spatially thoughtful, materially honest apartment building shows what can be achieved when a multiresidential project favours homeliness over expediency.

The red-brick form steps down the site, gaining ceiling height while ensuring that the roof is not visible from the street.
Projects | Rebecca Gross | 22 Feb 2019

Compact without compromise: Nat’s House

This recycled red-brick addition to a 1920s cottage in Sydney’s Cammeray by Studio Prineas favours quality over extra space, making the most of its modest footprint by drawing in northern light and opening out to the garden.

The studio's day-to-day operations are characterized by a sense of playfulness and collaboration.
People | Leanne Amodeo | 8 Mar 2019

‘Camaraderie and delight’: Marston Architects in profile

Highly collaborative and solution-focused in its approach to designing, Marston Architects creates homes that connect people with the beauty of the natural world and enhance the enjoyment of day-to-day life.

The house features tactile, honest materials, from plywood cladding to Killarney ash and concrete flooring.
Projects | Hannah Tribe | 14 Mar 2019

First house: House Shmukler

Taking inspiration from the whimsy and rigour of artist Sol LeWitt, Tribe Studio’s inventive, sustainable first house paints a “portrait” of its clients and hints at what would become the studio’s prevailing concerns.

Comprising the kitchen, dining and living areas, the rear extension makes full use of the site. Artwork: Jo Bertini.
Projects | Tobias Horrocks | 27 Feb 2019

An aesthetic rapport: The Chimney House

Filling a gap in a row of heritage terrace houses, this project by Arque involved the insertion of a self-contained apartment and the expansion and refinement of the owners’ existing house into a gallery-like space, filled with contemporary art.

A bold, largely windowless facade caters to the clients' love of concrete and desire for privacy.
Projects | Marcus Baumgart | 13 Feb 2019

Commanding bunker: Light Vault

Located on an exposed corner in Melbourne’s Brighton, this uncompromising new house by Chamberlain Architects was conceived as a “concrete bunker,” with luxurious, private space washed in light by multiple skylights.

A double-height pavilion filters sunlight and breeze into the north-facing living spaces. Artwork: Karlee Rawlins.
Projects | Sing d'Arcy | 21 Feb 2019

Heritage revival: Moreton Manor

A grand, forgotten mansion in Sydney’s Bondi has been transformed by CO-AP Architects into a magnificent twenty-first-century home, with bold new additions sitting in respectful conversation with the existing building.

Revisited: Carpenter Hall House
Projects | Janina Gosseye | 21 Feb 2019

Revisited: Carpenter Hall House

This extraordinarily creative, somewhat bewildering timber-and-tin tower on the slopes of Brisbane’s Eildon Hill has been a labour of love for more than thirty years and was declared finished by the architect Russell Hall, and the client in 2018.

The plywood skin offers continuity across walls, joinery and the unique vaulted ceiling.
Projects | Judith Abell | 13 Mar 2019

Box of tricks: The Bae Tas

Architects Liz Walsh and Alex Nielsen have transformed a tiny Tasmanian flat into a “deft box of tricks,” a cleverly crafted guest space looking out to the Derwent River.