Houses, October 2018

Houses, October 2018


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


Houses 124. Cover project: Garden Room House by Clare Cousins Architects.
Archive | Katelin Butler | 14 Sep 2018

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Introduction to Houses 124.


Barn House (2015) was designed in collaboration with owner and landscape designer William Dangar and interior designer Romy Alwill.
People | Linda Cheng | 18 Feb 2019

One to watch: Clayton Orszaczky

In the past three years, Clayton Orszaczky has completed eleven projects, with many more in the pipeline. Co-directors Rebekah Clayton and Michelle Orszaczky discuss their approach to residential design.

Pursuing spatial romance: Philip Stejskal Architecture
People | Rachael Bernstone | 19 Feb 2019

Pursuing spatial romance: Philip Stejskal Architecture

Despite starting his practice during the Global Financial Crisis, Philip Stejskal has grown his practice to encompass modest alterations and additions to elaborate new houses.


The rear extension is articulated as a distinctly new pavilion, maintaining a respectful distance from the old house.
Projects | Ross Brewin | 12 Dec 2018

Recessive yet bold: Outside In House

This purposefully recessive, distinctively contemporary alteration and addition to a rundown bungalow by MODO celebrates the house’s architectural lineage while providing room for modern living.

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The rust-toned render references the hulls of passing coal ships.
Projects | Gemma Savio | 5 Dec 2018

Peninsular pavilions: Three Piece House

This comfortable and unpretentious home by Trias is remarkably of its place and creates a compelling dialogue with the fabric of the neighbourhood.

The architects have avoided domestic imagery, seeking instead to create a space akin to a garden pavilion.
Projects | Hannah Wolter | 28 Nov 2018

Garden spirit: Project Nymph

This alteration and addition to a Victorian terrace house by Zen Architects in Melbourne’s South Yarra brings the gardens inside, creating a nourishing and restful backdrop for life.

1 of 16 by Panov Scott Architects.
Projects | David Welsh | 27 Nov 2018

A maverick individual: 1 of 16

In transforming a single dwelling in a row of heritage terrace houses, Panov Scott Architects has respected the integrity of the collective while creating a maverick individual.

The crisp geometry of the rear facade is reinforced in the use of the non-traditional stack bond brick pattern.
Projects | Linda Cheng | 4 Dec 2018

Verdant Victorian: Garden Room House

This deliberately restrained addition to a Victorian terrace by Clare Cousins Architects – which replaces an oversized faux period structure – revolves around a central courtyard to create a verdant haven in Melbourne’s inner north.

Small walled courtyards fill both dwellings with natural light and ventilation while also providing a space for plants.
Projects | Tobias Horrocks | 7 Dec 2018

A neighbourly venture: Loft House x2

Born of a unique collaboration between neighbours, this project by Brad Swartz Architects saw two rear-lane parking spaces in inner Sydney transformed into spatially elegant one-bedroom dwellings that evoke a sense of calm.

The detached addition to the rear of a Queensland cottage acknowledges the timber-and-tin character of the neighbourhood.
Projects | Fiona McAlpine | 11 Dec 2018

‘Explorative and special’: One Room Tower

This detached extension to a Queenslander house challenges conventional models for alteration and addition projects with a design that oscillates between connectivity and autonomy.

Andy Macdonald of MI Architects was excited by the idea of “colonizing underutilized roof space.”
Projects | Andy Macdonald | 15 Jan 2019

First House: Challis Penthouse

As one of his first projects, Andy Macdonald of MI Architects was given the opportunity to explore his interest in “colonizing underutilized roof space.” Eighteen years later, Andy reflects on this apartment design and its influence on his practice’s subsequent work.

Elements of suburban living – swimming pool, garage, room for the children – have been incorporated without compromising on the quality of design.
Projects | Sing d'Arcy | 14 Dec 2018

All together now: Matraville Residence

Light-filled and airy, this dwelling by Tzannes re-imagines the suburban home and experiments with new modes of multi-generational living.

A northern wing with an open living, dining and kitchen space opens onto a garden terrace and verdant landscape.
Projects | Sheona Thomson | 19 Dec 2018

For the love of trees: Bramston Residence

In the leafy Brisbane suburb of Tarragindi, this house wraps around a generous central courtyard to strike a delicate balance between nurturing family life and responding to its natural setting.

Black triangle: Platform House
Projects | Leanne Amodeo | 18 Dec 2018

Black triangle: Platform House

Responding to its tricky triangular block, this house by Studio Plus Three is an inversion of the traditional two-storey home , with a raised platform for living offering panoramic views and a genuine connection to the public realm.

Revisited: Cammeray House
Projects | Peter Tonkin | 11 Jan 2019

Revisited: Cammeray House

Imbued with a classical sensibility tempered by moments of inventive wit, Luigi Rosselli Architects’ meticulously crafted first house – designed for the family of INXS’s Kirk Pengilly – represents the best of postmodern architecture.

The design of Laneway Studio seeks to improve on the standard of other above-garage studios.
Projects | Linda Cheng | 9 Jan 2019

A case study house: Laneway Studio

An above-garage studio by in the Sydney suburb of Redfern designed by McGregor Westlake Architecture offers an appealing model for transforming the utilitarian laneway.