Each issue of green (published six times a year) showcases the most interesting and creative sustainable designs from architects and landscapers around Australia and internationally.
In the sample issue #30 you will find projects by some of the most innovative architects from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane plus the story of a renovation on a tire factory in Montreal. We give you the lowdown on efficient heating options and we check out some inspirational garden projects.
The nature of Australia’s vast and varied landscape requires unique architectural responses. Climate, vegetation and topography all determine a successful outcome, with a careful study of the site even more crucial than it is in an urban environment. In this issue, we take a look at six very different houses that are a reection of their particular regional or coastal environments.
On a windy, exposed site in Queensland, Sparks Architects designed a house to embrace its place, responding like a boat to the prevailing breezes (pg 58). Inland, on an isolated and ecologically diverse landscape and with temperatures reaching extremes of hot and cold, architect Brian Steendyk required an intricate understanding of materials to deliver a home be tting the landscape (pg 28).
In the less intimidating hills of Byron Bay the impetus for architect, Kirstin Burrowes and builder, Jeremy Beresford was the desire for refuge and discretion. The result is a lightweight, off-grid cabin that recedes into its surroundings (pg 64). On Sydney’s northern edge, on a steep site surrounded by national park on one side and water on the other, it took an intimate knowledge of the conditions by Casey Brown Architecture to ensure a successful outcome (pg 50).
In a rugged landscape in Victoria’s north-west, architect Adam Kane’s brief was for a small home with no air conditioning. The jewel-like cabin not only provides a comfortable refuge from the elements but pays homage to the heritage of the area (pg 44).
Finally, Kennedy Nolan delivered a multi-generational home that oats down a steep and undulating site on Victoria’s south coast. Here, the task was to navigate the technical requirements whilst paying a nostalgic nod to the clients’ history in the area (pg 36). The challenges faced by these architects and the way they have resolved them, while also delivering on aesthetics, is commendable and inspiring.