Houses, December 2019

Houses, December 2019


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


Houses 131. Cover project: North Melbourne House by NMBW Architecture Studio.
Preview | Gemma Savio | 29 Nov 2019

Houses 131 preview

Introduction to Houses 131.


In time, the home will recede into the rambling landscape –its copper shroud will patina into washes of green and foliage will climb its blackened space frame.
Projects | Hayley Curnow | 6 Mar 2020

Down by the river: South Yarra House

A quaint walkway stepping up from Melbourne’s Yarra River is the sole means of access to this 1930s brick home, where an extension by AM Architecture fulfils the owners’ desire for a treetop sanctuary.

Thanks to the active repopulation of the ground with local vegetation, the neighbouring reserve will seem to flow into the yard in time.
Projects | Judith Abell | 21 Feb 2020

Sounds of nature: House at Otago Bay

A monolithic home by Topology Studio confidently emerges from the landscape, capturing distant views to kunanyi and forging a connection to the soundscape of its surrounds.

On approach, the home’s bold cantilever and porthole window make for a striking composition in the landscape.
Projects | Michael Macleod | 2 Mar 2020

Suburban starship: Studley Park House

This home by March Studio in Melbourne navigates the terrain of a sloping site while saluting the mid-century architecture that informed its design.


At Courtyard Apartment, BMA has turned a dark dwelling into a free-flowing series of airy spaces.
People | Stephanie McGann | 2 Mar 2020

One to watch: Brcar Morony Architecture

Natalie Brcar and Michael Morony run a practice grounded in principles of environmentally sustainable design.

First House

Imagined as a pure form in the landscape, the design for Bombala Farmhouse captures the minimalist aesthetic of modernist artworks.
Projects | Penny Collins and Huw Turner | 31 Mar 2020

First House: Bombala Farmhouse

When a family friend bought a property in southern New South Wales, Penny Collins and Huw Turner, of Collins and Turner, jumped at the chance to design. Here, Penny and Huw reflect on their first house together, a pristine object in the landscape.

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Wrapped in hand- fixed shingles and set on recycled brick plinths, the contemporary pavilions are discrete yet sympathetic to the older home’s character.
Projects | Eugenie Keefer Bell | 11 Feb 2020

Sun catcher: Empire House

Two subtle yet sophisticated pavilions designed by Austin Maynard Architects, delicately stitched to a modest Canberra cottage, honour the interwar character of the home, while connecting it with the outdoors.

A long gable over the northern wing connects the new living spaces and directs sight lines toward the river.
Projects | Helen Norrie | 14 Feb 2020

Verandah living: Brisbane Riverbank House

Set above the bends of the Brisbane River and informed by the material qualities of the existing 1930s cottage, a new brick and timber living wing, terraced garden and lap pool designed by Owen Architecture frame the terrain and capture the timeless spirit of this period home.

The bound pages of books in a study space sit against a transluscent wall. Artwork: Bill Henson
Projects | Andrew Leach | 17 Feb 2020

A future ruin in the garden: Almora House

Edged by an established garden and crowned by an undulating concrete roof-form, this home for collectors on Sydney’s North Shore is a carefully cultivated expression in concrete and glass.

A painting studio located in the building undercroft is accessed via a double-height landing that opens to the backyard.
Projects | Zuzana Kovar and Nicholas Skepper | 18 Feb 2020

Protect and preserve: K & T’s Place

Preserving the qualities of one of the few remaining Queenslanders in a South Brisbane neighbourhood, this addition comprises screened outdoor rooms that mitigate the increasingly built-up surrounds.

Comprised of varied shed-like spaces, North Melbourne House is personalized by the texture and colour of everyday objects.
Projects | Andy Fergus | 19 Feb 2020

Sheds for sharing: North Melbourne House

Seizing an opportunity to build on an empty neighbouring block, the owners of a worker’s cottage in North Melbourne (with the help of NMBW Architecture Studio) have added a flexible secondary house that will allow them to age in place.

The original drill hall, built between 1904 and 1906, has been imaginatively restored and recast as a sophisticated three-storey home.
Projects | Adam Russell | 28 Feb 2020

A dignified return: Drill Hall House

Tobias Partners takes a curatorial hammer to a previously modified drill hall, winding back a gaudy 1990s additions to reinstate the clarity of the original building form and create a reposeful home.

Renato works in collaboration with his wife, interioir designer Belinda Brown.
People | Peter Salhani | 23 Mar 2020

The houses of Renato D’Ettorre Architects

Drawing on time spent working in Italy, Renato D’Ettorre launched his Sydney-based studio, creating projects that reference classical architecture in a manner that is emblematic and enduring.

In the main gallery, the vessels are displayed on a surface composed of forty-five tables designed by John Wardle Architects.
Discussion | Cassie Hansen | 25 Feb 2020

Dialogues and dichotomies of vessels

Cassie Hansen reviews An Idea Needing to be Made, an exhibition of ceramic art that explores the dichotomous still life of the ubiquitous vessel.

Balmain Rock by Benn and Penna.
Projects | Hannah Slater | 26 Feb 2020

A material experience: Balmain Rock

Taking a restorative approach to the renovation of a sandstone cottage in Sydney’s inner-west, Benn and Penna has composed contemporary materials to pay homage to the quality of the original historic home.

Enveloped by a broad gable roof, Porter House is designed across a split-level plan that works with the fall of the site.
Projects | Simon Reeves | 11 Mar 2020

Revisited: Porter House

Located in Warrandyte, Victoria, Porter House launched the practice of young mid-century architect Albert Ross, who had cut his teeth working at celebrated studio Grounds, Romberg and Boyd.

Aureate features small-scale models that make up seven shimmering cityscapes.
Discussion | Alice Francis | 28 Feb 2020

All that glitters: Architect creates shimmering miniature cityscapes

Australian artist and architect John Gatip has created a series of intricate, gilded cityscapes, provoking reflections on the monetary and aesthetic value of our cities.