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.
Prefabricated housing is finding its feet, becoming the ideal solution for a range of different scenarios. We explore prefab in all its forms; as an educational tool at a Sydney high school, to extend a home on a tight block in inner- city Melbourne, in the form of a kit using ancient woodworking techniques, to rest gently on the surrounding environment and as an elegantly designed backyard office.
Using another form of prefabrication, architect Ben Edwards has built House 28, his weekend retreat at Wye River, by connecting three shipping containers. In an effort to reduce impact on the site and for practical reasons this form of prefabrication made the project quick and effective.
On the other hand, on a tight but accessible 168-square-metre site in Perth, architect Felix Oefelein built a timeless and robust building with bricks that reflect the character of the neighbourhood.
Meanwhile, while retaining the great bones of a 1970s office building in Melbourne’s centre, Drew Carling of Maddison Architects reshaped spaces and inserted some fine design details to create a unique home.
Just outside of Brisbane, architect Shaun Lockyer worked closely with his clients to design a home with good light, ventilation and connection to nature. Beyond this simple premise, the clients worked hard to achieve a completely non-toxic environment.
Different responses to different sites and needs, all well-considered and executed.