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Houses, February 2019

Houses, February 2019


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


Houses 126 is on sale 1 February.
Preview | Katelin Butler | 14 Jan 2019

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Natural light and verdant views enter the penthouse through considered apertures. Artwork: Brent Harris.
Projects | Katelin Butler | 29 Mar 2019

A jewel among trees: Whitlam Place

In an unconventional apartment building, where each dwelling is individually tailored to its owner, this playful penthouse uses circular geometry and takes cues from classic Italian design .

Set above a solid front wall, the upper level of the house steps away from the boundaries of its narrow site.
Projects | Michelle Bailey | 3 Apr 2019

Everyday extraordinary: Indooroopilly House

Composed as a series of concrete and masonry platforms, this rigorously executed home by Owen Architecture with Lineburg Wang maintains the pleasure of low -density living through a considered exploration of architecture and terrain.

On a sheltered headland, nestled among the native vegetation, the newly designed addition recedes into the site.
Projects | Judith Abell | 27 Mar 2019

Shack in a tent: Apollo Bay House

This addition to a Bruny Island bush shack by Dock4 cleverly exaggerates the existing roof form to create volume, drama and a dialogue with the surrounding landscape.

The house forms a habitable perimeter around a lush garden courtyard, which offers both openness and privacy.
Projects | Patrick Kosky | 1 Apr 2019

Holding court: Cloister House

Informed by Roman courtyard houses, this Perth home artfully responds to its climate and suburban context by sculpting a domestic sanctuary out of concrete, timber and light.

This family retreat looks north to the headland of Seventeen Seventy on Queensland’s “Discovery Coast.” Artwork: Nicholas Harding.
Projects | Sheona Thomson | 5 Apr 2019

Below the ridgeline: Springs Beach House

Drawing on an intimate knowledge of the region, the architects of this Queensland house have created a low-maintenance and environmentally sensitive beach retreat for an extended family.

Operable screens to the laneway offer natural ventilation, light and privacy.
Projects | Casey Bryant | 17 Apr 2019

Breathing room: Darling Lane

Challenging the ubiquity of open-plan living, a series of flexible rooms has been added to this historic inner-city warehouse, forming the latest “chapter” in the building’s narrative.

The Fabshack project in the Blue Mountains is a case study in prefabrication and minimizing waste.
Projects | Rebecca Gross | 8 Apr 2019

Flexible thinking: Fabshack

Innovative thinking lies behind this compact and distinctive cabin. Designed and built by its owner, the project tests prefabricated components to develop an efficient and flexible building typology.

Otherwise restrictive planning controls allowed for an elevated design with useable undercroft space.
Projects | Brett Seakins | 9 Apr 2019

Open quarters: Ballarat East House

Divided into four zones including a central deck, this Porter Architects designed house in Ballarat is simple in plan but offers open and breezy living for the architect and his young family.

A recessed niche in the bedroom wall makes reference to the form of the original attic space.
Projects | Rebecca Gross | 16 Apr 2019

Celebrating curves: Regent

A gentle, intricate alteration and addition to a Paddington terrace uses soft curves and interlocking forms to graft the new onto the old and provide seamless continuity of space.