Houses, June 2019

Houses, June 2019


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


Houses 128. Cover project: Hawthorn House by Edition Office.
Preview | Katelin Butler | 13 May 2019

Houses 128 preview

Introduction to Houses 128.


Kin Architects’ growing design portfolio is built on the compatible skill sets of directors Leah Gallagher and Marjorie Dixon.
People | Michelle Bailey | 6 Sep 2019

One to watch: Kin Architects

Leah Gallagher and Marjorie Dixon, of Kin Architects, formed their Brisbane-based practice in 2017 with a desire to design people-centric architecture that respects the history and context of their city.


The delicate timber structure of the old Queenslander house has been rotated 90 degrees and raised onto concrete stumps.
Projects | Katelin Butler | 5 Aug 2019

Out from under: Teneriffe House

In rethinking the “raise and build under” renovation strategy so often applied to Queenslander houses, Vokes and Peters has added an elegant layer to the narrative of this historically rich dwelling.

Each house in this “dichromatic duo” has a unique identity inspired by the materials and geometry of Port Fairy’s built fabric.
Projects | Linda Cheng | 13 Aug 2019

Dichromatic duo: Hello Houses

Perpetuating the verandah culture that exists in Port Fairy, a coastal town in south-west Victoria, this pair of houses designed by Sibling director Nicholas Braun for his sister make a friendly addition to the neighbourhood.

Past the front gate, the monolithic form dissipates to reveal a crafted and comfortable family home.
Projects | Alexandra Brown | 9 Aug 2019

Uncompromising geometry: Hawthorn House

Two monolithic pavilions shrouded in concrete rise from a landscaped platform in an skilful balance of architectural expression, material composition and comfort.

Interior spaces are redefined alongside terraces, courts and gardens, resulting in a warm and unpretentious home.
Projects | Sheona Thomson | 21 Aug 2019

Deep thinking: Camp Hill House

An inventive, restrained reworking of form, space and landscape by Twohill and James enhances the qualities of this old timber cottage, long-loved by a couple, their children and two canine companions.

At night when the apartments are lit from within, the rhythm of life inside is projected on the building’s facade. Photograph: Rory Gardiner.
Projects | Gemma Savio | 20 Aug 2019

A neighbourly narrative: North Fitzroy by Milieu

This modern take on the classic walk-up apartment – by Fieldwork and Flack Studio – is arranged around a verdant central courtyard, designed to foster community.

The primary living space in Tierney Drive House is bush-bound, locating its inhabitants in a kind of pre-suburban site condition.
Projects | Andrew Leach | 14 Jun 2019

Subtle occupation: Tierney Drive House

At once fluid and contained, this family home embraces the opportunities for connection and retreat offered by its sloping, bush-bound site near the Gold Coast’s Currumbin Creek.

The black and white palette is tempered in the kitchen by a marble splashback and spotted gum timber floors.
Projects | David Welsh | 12 Aug 2019

Exploiting the vertical: House in Darlinghurst

This former electrical substation at the end of an inner-Sydney lane is recast as a couple’s contemporary home by Tribe Studio through the empathetic and dexterous use of vertical space.


The apartment’s main living space bends with the arc of the crescent-shaped roof terrace.
Projects | Andrew Nimmo | 28 Aug 2019

Revisited: Droga Apartment

Sitting atop a nineteenth-century brick warehouse in Sydney’s Surry Hills, the celebrated Droga Apartment, completed in 1997 by Durbach Block Jaggers, embodies the architects’ idiosyncratic design sensibilities.

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The central courtyard articulates the new kitchen, dining and living rooms and offers each space flexibility.
Projects | Marnie Morieson | 26 Aug 2019

Integral solutions: Fitzroy North House

Preserving the integrity of its existing heritage condition, this addition to a single-fronted Victorian terrace uses clever spatial solutions and seamless detailing to simplify the daily lives of a growing family.

Dan Sparks at the Sparks Architects studio in Peregian Beach on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
People | Michelle Bailey | 3 Sep 2019

Mindfulness in the unspoiled wilderness: Sparks Architects

With a fearless yet holistic approach to site, Sparks Architects imbues its climate-responsive work with lyricism and a careful regard for the intangible energy of a place.

Hauntingly bare, the black and white photographs depict only brief glimpses of suburban habitation.
Discussion | Alice Hampson | 10 Sep 2019

Home: A Suburban Obsession

Home: A Suburban Obsession was held in March as part of the Asia Pacific Architecture Forum and continued at the State Library of Queensland until July.

The plethora of iconic chairs, tables, light fittings and fabrics exhibited in the collection reflects Clement Meadmore’s prolific career.
Discussion | Philip Goad | 30 Sep 2019

Clement Meadmore: The art of mid-century design

The first major retrospective on the oeuvre of one of Australia’s pre-eminent designers and sculptors, Clement Meadmore: The art of mid-century design, makes a convincing argument that industrial design is an art form in its own right.

Storybook House inspires a childlike delight with its playful details, including secret compartments and an arched entry to the living room. Artwork: Sally Smart.
Projects | Ella Leoncio | 19 Aug 2019

Childlike delight: Storybook House

Folk Architects’ addition to a terrace in Melbourne’s inner-north stretches the limits of its compact site to create a pragmatic and surprising family home.

The central courtyard, lined with a landscaped garden, frames the sky and forms a pivot point around which daily life revolves.
Projects | Jennifer McMaster | 14 Aug 2019

A calming plan: Courted House

Embracing the elements inherent in traditional courtyard houses, this home by Breakspear Architects in Sydney’s inner-west uses rational geometry in a way that is poised, powerful and surprisingly flexible.

William adopted a modern approach to heritage in his design for the conversion, which he completed just months after finding the site.
Projects | William Smart | 27 Aug 2019

First House: 632 Bourke

When architect William Smart found a pair of dilapidated buildings in Sydney’s Surry Hills, he immediately saw their potential and set to work designing a new home for himself and his partner and for his then burgeoning practice.