From the Editor

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The ways in which we live in our homes are constantly changing. Often, these adjustment­s happen incrementa­lly: rooms are rearranged as families expand in number, children grow up and move out, and living requiremen­ts shift. For many Australian­s, the COVID-19 pandemic prompted a sudden and unexpected need for dedicated spaces in our houses from which to work and learn remotely.

With more time spent in our domestic settings, conversati­ons may have turned to more substantia­l changes to our homes. Several of the houses in this issue demonstrat­e different architectu­ral approaches to evolution. Fox Johnston (cover, page 20) synthesize­s old and new in a Sydney harboursid­e residence with architectu­ral pedigree, while Virginia Kerridge Architect (page 68) pairs an aging farmstead in rural New South Wales with a “bigger, stronger offspring,” and Wowowa (page 60) revitalize­s a 1960s-era brick bungalow in Melbourne, saluting the original house with colour and wit.

I’m also relishing change this year, stepping into a new role with Houses.I look forward to bringing you many more inspiring homes in future issues.

Alexa Kempton, editor 01 Be transporte­d poolside in artist Eliza Gosse’s exhibition at Edwina Corlette Gallery in New Farm, Brisbane. Gosse’s artworks revel in the forms and colours of postwar-era suburban architectu­re and, in this collection, modernist houses are the backdrop to idyllic swimming pools. Though the nostalgia-tinged artworks are almost entirely unoccupied, the inviting scenes will have you reaching for an imagined drink, condensati­on collecting under your sun-warmed fingertips. You’re Poolside and Everything is Perfect is on until 17 April 2021. Artwork: Eliza Gosse, Tanning

Oil Glistened on Their Skin, Feet Sinking into Water, 2021. 02 Canberra is celebratin­g

150 years since the birth of architect Marion Mahony Griffin. Griffin’s work was integral to the competitio­n-winning scheme for the design of the Australian capital, won by her husband Walter Burley Griffin. The Griffins were also instrument­al in the design of Castlecrag in Sydney, envisionin­g it as a utopian community. Canberra events include A City of Ideas: Marion Markers, a self-guided stroll along Lakeside Walk featuring original drawings by Marion (until August). Image: National Capital Authority 03 Join the Houses team to celebrate the best of Australian residentia­l architectu­re and design at the 2021 Houses Awards. Winners of the nine categories, including the Australian House of the Year, will be announced on Friday 30 July. We hope to see you there! Pictured is Cantala Avenue House by ME, named House of the Year at the 2020 Houses Awards. Photograph: Christophe­r Frederick Jones. housesawar­

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