AR132: Residential

Dec 2, 2013
  • Article by Online Editor

Residential architecture, in the wider discipline, is heralded as the point of pure experimentation; an opportunity to inform design ideology, to encounter generative possibilities and to create prototypical exploration at the smaller scale of the built environment. Taken in isolation, projects such as Peter Eisenman’s House series, Philip Johnson’s Glass House, Kisho Kurokawa’s Nakagin Capsule Tower, Glenn Murcutt’s Magney House or Rem Koolhaas’ Y2K project are single projects that inform a larger debate – they are test beds. Interestingly, Koolhaas’ Y2K was never realised but mutated into the instantly recognisable Casa da Música; Eisenman’s series is all but demolished; and Nakagin continues its own battle against the wrecking ball in a bid for salvation as the signature of an architectural movement that has defined a generation in Japan.

AR’s annual residential issue never ceases to analyse, critique and explore the design approaches from various architects – all with the same proviso: to enact good living conditions. A presupposition derivative of the notable architects from Australia spanning eras, such as Robin Boyd, Harry Seidler, the aforementioned Murcutt, Peter Corrigan and John Wardle to name a few. But – on a similar vein to AIA Victorian Chapter President Jon Clements’ recent speech at the 2013 Victorian Architecture Awards – in the contemporary discipline, is this enough to advance a profession?

• On the cover: Cowshed House, Sydney by Carterwilliamson Architects

Project reviews
• Balmain House by Fox Johnston Architects (review: Craig Johnson)
• Stone House by Vo Trong Nghia Architects (review: Ha Leviet Ashui)
• Cowshed House by Carterwilliamson Architects (review: Lucy Humphreyy)
• Split House by Neri&Hu Architects (review: Austin Williams)
• Lavender Bay Boatshed by Stephen Collier Architects (review: Leon van Schaik)
• Pile House by Pencil Office (review: Narelle Yabuka)
• Moor St House by Andrew Maynard Architects (review: Mat Ward)
• House on a Stream by Architecture Brio (review: Ian Nazareth)

Under Construction
• Lali Gurans Orphanage and Learning Centre by MOS Architects, a report by Aleksandr Bierig

• ‘Remote, in More Ways Than One’, by Sarah Lynn Rees
• ‘The End of Prefabrication’, by Chris Knapp

• Robert McGauran (McGauran Giannini Soon Architects)
• Neil Durbach (Durbach Block Jaggers Architects)
• Nonda Katsalidis (Fender Katsalidis Architects)

On Trial
• ‘The Meeting of East and West: Kikutake and Le Corbusier’, by Michael Holt

In Conversation
• ‘Volume Housing’, by Diego Ramirez-Lovering

Plus: One to Watch – MAKE architecture studio; Alysia Bennett on How to Make a Japanese House, and Melonie Bayl-Smith on A Topology of Everyday Constellations

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