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Cantala Avenue House by ME.

‘A mini urban landscape’: Cantala Avenue House

A nuanced understanding of the Gold Coast’s colourful heritage, as well as its local quirks and character, is embedded in this neighbourly family home.

Residential
The modest brick home ads to the heritage character of the suburb.

Simple yet sculptural: Marine

This rear addition to a heritage cottage on a raised corner block in Fremantle sits in harmony with the existing structure and enhances its cherished “ramshackle” nature.

Residential
AIDA Show and Tell with Hassell: Di Stasio Citta

AIDA Show and Tell with Hassell: Di Stasio Citta

This new video series celebrates the winners of the 2020 Australian Interior Design Awards.

Invisible House by Peter Stutchbury Architecture.

Talking Houses with Peter Stutchbury:
Invisible House

In this instalment of the Talking Houses video series, Peter Stutchbury heads back to the breathtaking landscape that inspired the 2014 Australian House of the Year.

The two-storey addition provides an open living, kitchen and dining area with direct connection to the garden.

A ‘one-in-100-year renovation’: Concrete Blonde

Tucked behind an existing heritage home on a tight block with a south-facing yard in Sydney, this generous addition offers light-filled, textured spaces with a natural, earthy palette.

Residential
House in Country NSW by Virginia Kerridge Architect.

Talking Houses with Virginia Kerridge:
House in Country NSW

In this video, Virginia Kerridge reflects on how a series of new spaces “grafted” to a colonial-era stone cottage transformed House in Country NSW and allowed it to better connect it to its place.

The central hall of the Dangrove by Tzannes.

‘Extraordinary in every sense’: Dangrove Art Storage Facility

The uncompromising architecture of this building is reflective of, and contributes, to the cultural ambition of the institution.

Commercial, Interiors
Built-in timber bookshelves that edge the living and dining room are accented by exposed chalk-toned brick.

‘A cascading series of salon spaces’: Garden House

Soft boundaries create multipurpose spaces that reflect a young couple’s character while generous windows connect interiors with “domesticated wilds” around this fluid, functional Melbourne home.

Residential
Planchonella House by Jesse Bennett Studio

Talking Houses with Jesse Bennett:
Planchonella House

In this Talking Houses video, Jesse Bennett and Anne Marie Campagnolo reflect on their remarkable first home together, Planchonella House.

The windows are double-framed, making the glazing blast-proof in the unlikely event of an explosion at the nearby port.

A deceptively simple cafe: Gathered

Designed by Ewert Leaf, this pared-back and striking cafe in Melbourne’s Footscray belies a host of logistical and functional solutions to manage its portside setting.

Commercial, Hospitality, Interiors
The vast plaster ceiling features copiously repeated prismatic forms, housing lights that can be varied in colour and intensity.

A good Melbourne citizen returns: The Capitol

After a major 1960s downscaling and a series of ad hoc renovations, Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin’s Capitol Theatre has been re-engineered to beguile audiences for another hundred years.

Darling Point Apartment by Chenchow Little.

Talking Houses with Chenchow Little:
Darling Point Apartment

In this video, Tony Chenchow and Stephanie Little return to the Darling Point Apartment to literally unfold the elements of this tranquil apartment.

From the street, Mermaid Multihouse appears as grandly singular, with layered allusions to local architectural styles.

Side-by-side: Mermaid Multihouse

Twin dwellings artfully coalesce in this flexible Gold Coast home, designed by Partners Hill with Hogg and Lamb.

Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peters.

Talking Houses with Vokes and Peters: Auchenflower House

In this third instalment of the Design Speaks video series celebrating 10 years of the Houses Awards, Stuart Vokes and Aaron Peters share the story of the Auchenflower House.

Fresh from a trip to Tulum, on the coast of Mexico, Jean-Pierre Biasol felt that the relaxed and charming interiors he had experienced on his holiday could be inspiration for this eatery.

Memories of Mexico: Sisterhood

Biasol

In Hobart’s Sandy Bay, Melbourne design studio Biasol has created a relaxed and charming interior for a wide range of diners.

Hospitality, Interiors
Shearer's Quarters by John Wardle Architects.

Talking Houses with John Wardle:
Shearer’s Quarters

In this second instalment of the video series, John Wardle shares the story of Shearer’s Quarters, winner of the Australian House of the Year in 2012.

A sepia photo of residents performing a play in 1913 (a provocative “paean to female agency”) becomes a frieze for the body of the Sibyl Centre.

‘Looking backwards to look forwards’: Sibyl Centre

Stories dating back more than a century infuse this addition to the first university college for women in Australia.

Education
The venue is surrounded by stone, concrete and greenery, and this is reflected in the material palette.

A hidden secret: Part Time Lover

This light, timber pavilion in Adelaide by Sans-Arc Studio houses an all-day diner. Surrounded by some of the city’s most significant buildings, Part Time Lover both acknowledges and resists its location.

Hospitality, Interiors
Locating the preparatory school along the western boundary of the campus maximizes open playing space, while enhancing the campus enclosure.

Pursuing the campus vision: Christ Church Grammar Preparatory School

With_Architecture Studio

With_Architecture Studio’s recent addition to Perth’s Christ Church Grammar School is a cleverly configured preschool-to-year-six block designed to suit many pedagogical methods.

Education
Cabbage Tree House by Peter Stutchbury Architecture, winner of the 2018 Australian House of the Year.

Talking Houses with Peter Stutchbury:
Cabbage Tree House

This new Houses Awards video series shares the stories, ideas and experience of living in past winners of the Australian House of the Year.

Charismatic new architecture brings the kitchen to ground level and introduces a neat mezzanine.

French connection: Glassbook House

Sibling Architecture’s new addition to a home in Sydney’s inner west hosts a suite of tranquil living and reading spaces.

Residential
The nine-metre-high tower is clad in stained Tasmanian hardwood, coarse in texture and rich in the scent of ash and eucalypt.

Memory keeper: In Absence

Edition Office with Yhonnie Scarce

A collaboration between architect and artist, this poignant work in the gardens of the National Gallery of Victoria challenges the colonial legacy of art institutions, interrogating the absence of truth in the western canon and asking: how can architecture reconcile with the brutality of an unlawful and violent colonial history?

Public / cultural
The avocado-hued reception gives a friendly first impression to the spaces beyond.

Work the room: The Commons QV

Foolscap Studio, ISM Objects and Light Project

This co-working space in Melbourne’s CBD designed by Foolscap Studio champions different working styles – from conversations in the amphitheatre to brainstorming in a sensory room.

Commercial, Interiors
The house seems to sit on an axis that bisects the lake, the arc of two headlands, and the horizon of the ocean beyond.

‘Cinematic sublimity’: Wallis Lake House

Matthew Woodward Architecture

Nestled against a ridgeline and taking in views to the distant peaks of the national park beyond, this new home in Whoota, on the New South Wales coast, is born of dedication and collaboration.

Residential
The centre is topped by a grand, cantilevering, 40-square-metre parasol structure. It is civic in scale, providing a powerful marker in the landscape.

Architectural egalitarianism: Kingborough Community Hub

Built on the edge of the town of Kingston, Tasmania, this community hub is envisioned as the heart of a suburb that does not yet exist. How might an urban square and community facility attract and serve in the urban fringe?

Public / cultural
On arrival, visitors encounter a crescent-shaped house with a skin of angular concrete.

‘Strangely beautiful’ bush architecture: Castle Cove House

In Sydney’s tranquil Castle Cove, an angular concrete form designed by Terroir in collaboration with Pascale Gomes-McNabb Design is an architectural riff on the rocky crags and crevices that characterize the steep topography of this harbourside suburb.

The oversized arches, with their black mullions and dark glass, recall both Louis Sullivan’s National Farmers’ Bank of Owatonna and the Harbour Bridge.

Recalling bygone grandeur: Rail Operations Centre

Memorializing the tectonics of tunnels, bridges and nineteenth-century suburban train stations, this red-brick, big-box building in inner-city suburban Sydney is a rich form of infrastructure architecture that represents an investment in workers and in the area’s rapidly changing urban fabric.

Commercial
On an undulating Australian landscape, the house introduces a repeated, geometric architectural ordering.

Architectural poetry: House in the Hills

Defined by its rectilinear parasol of timber batten and set on a working sheep farm in regional Victoria, this house prioritizes clarity over pragmatism, geometric consistency over lavishness, purity and poetry over function.

Residential
Venerating the natural context, the architects opted to break the project’s scale down to a granular cluster of five pitched-roofed blocks.

A ‘coats on’ experience: Windermere Jetty Museum

Perched on the shore of England’s largest lake, a “living museum” dedicated to the preservation of maritime craft and tradition articulates and stitches together the many narratives of its place.

Public / cultural
The front facade, adjacent to the tram station and demarcated by white concrete, acts to funnel visitors into the entrance, from which the library’s internal functions then unfold.

A fitting bookend: Luxembourg National Library

Bolles + Wilson, L2M3 Kommunikationsdesign

The new national library of Luxembourg is a complex and multifaceted structure where the deftness of the architect’s illustrative hand has resulted in a flowing sequence of spaces that beckons the community.

Public / cultural