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.


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.

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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.