Houses, October 2019

Houses, October 2019


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

In Profile

Rob Kennon, director of Rob Kennon Architects, takes a “people-focused ” approach to design.
People | Marcus Baumgart | 10 Feb 2020

‘It’s all about people’: Rob Kennon Architects

The consistent body of work by Rob Kennon Architects is bolstered by the belief that the people they design for and other collaborators are the most interesting impetus for architecture.


Houses 130. Cover project: Mount Stuart Greenhouse by Bence Mulcahy.
Preview | Katelin Butler and Gemma Savio | 25 Sep 2019

Houses 130 preview

Introduction to Houses 130.


The home is an extension of the owner’s personality – she describes it as “earthy and grounded.”
Projects | Beth George | 15 Jan 2020

Safe harbour: Vikki’s Place

In responding to the client’s need for a home that caters to a unique family structure, Curious Practice have achieved a fluid and unfussy home that acts as a refuge in more ways than one.


Brunswick House (2018) displays a degree of craftsmanship akin to furniture. Photograph: Benjamin Hosking.
People | Gemma Savio | 8 Jan 2020

One to watch: Winwood McKenzie

Thom Mckenzie of Winwood Mckenzie formed his Melbourne-based studio after working in New York and Milan. His approach is based on an intimate understanding of the construction process and interrogating how things are built.


Reminiscent of Japanese techniques, some windows have been replaced with screens of translucent polycarbonate.
Projects | Peter Tonkin | 10 Feb 2020

Bushland machine: Osborne House

With a panorama of bush and water as its backdrop, the design for this house, built in 1995, uses materials and details reminiscent of wooden boatbuilding to immerse those who dwell there in the magic of the surrounds.

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The kitchen benchtop and sink are wrapped in burnished brass that will patina with use.
Projects | Judith Abell | 15 Oct 2019

Garden room: Mount Stuart Greenhouse

This addition to a grand early-20th-century home in Hobart reads as a generous garden room, housing a new dining and kitchen space that captures the scale and movement of the nearby cypress tree.

From the spiral stairs to elongated voids, each element is integral to the home’s functionality and the design intent.
Projects | Gemma Savio | 11 Dec 2019

Elastic geometry: Glebe House

Crafted with deference to the sculptural potential of architecture, this compact family home by Chenchow Little with “elastic” geometry is a lesson in tectonic editing.

Louvres around the courtyard's glass walls allow for privacy and help to create internal vistas between rooms.
Projects | Casey Bryant | 18 Dec 2019

Raising the rafters: Redfern Warehouse

In converting a former warehouse in Sydney into a comfortable family home, Ian Moore Architects have applied a soft touch, retaining original brick walls and trusses, and celebrating the building’s spatial qualities.

Erskineville Creature transforms an existing rear garage into a compact granny flat with carport beneath.
Projects | Alysia Bennett | 3 Feb 2020

The new granny flat

Making a case for “right-sized” housing, three secondary dwelling designs illustrate how granny flats are being reinterpreted as site-responsive and sustainable spaces that alleviate contemporary demands on our suburbs.

A steel frame extends the geometry of the house, mediating between living space and garden terrace. Artwork: Petrina Hicks.
Projects | Ella Leoncio | 21 Jan 2020

Volume and drama: White House

This crisp addition to a Federation home exuberantly manoeuvres light, space and monochrome materials to masterfully meet the brief.

The new living and kitchen spaces are connected to the existing cottage by a half-height staircase that leads from the original hallway.
Projects | Michelle Bailey | 28 Jan 2020

Lessons in scale, proportion and materiality: Albert Villa

Responding to its heritage context and inner-Brisbane neighbourhood, this addition to a historic weatherboard cottage captures vistas from new living spaces arranged around a landscaped courtyard.

The addition’s pleated copper facade complements the tones of the existing red brick Federation house.
Projects | Clare Cousins | 29 Jan 2020

First house: Clare Cousins Architects

Clad in pleated copper, this addition to a Federation-era house was the first “real” commission for architect Clare Cousins, who reflects on how projects like this one went on to become a staple for the practice.

The tight footprint of the existing terrace necessitated an efficient approach to establishing a new spatial order.
Projects | Tobias Horrocks | 31 Jan 2020

Hard worker: Albert Park Terrace

This renovation of an inner-Melbourne terrace by Wellard Architects cleverly navigates the site’s constrained footprint, employing key architectural moves that make for an efficient and uplifting family home.

The roof’s garden overspills green tendrils on one side, and has an integrated strip of photovoltaic panels on the other.
Projects | Rachel Harris | 4 Feb 2020

Natural connection: Bundeena Beach House

On a rocky outcrop at the eastern edge of a secluded beach south of Sydney, this house maximizes opportunities to connect with the spectacular natural environment that surrounds it.

The design scheme prioritizes access to light and views and a connection to the garden. Photograph: Clinton Weaver.
Projects | Sing d'Arcy | 5 Feb 2020

Quality over ostentation: Balmoral House

A series of stacked interconnected volumes that carefully negotiate a tricky wedge-shaped site provided the solution for a client wishing to downsize their home without compromising amenity.

The apartment’s spacious floor plan and focus on high quality details imbue it with a sense of timelessness. Artwork: Kayleigh Hetdon.
Projects | Brett Seakins | 7 Feb 2020

A different kind of apartment building: Sussex

With an emphasis on design quality and detailing, this home by Powell and Glenn and Mim Design fuses the classic and contemporary to reimagine apartment living as generous and bespoke.