We visit houses across Australia where sustainable materials were at the heart of the design brief.
- Tune up
A U-shaped house on a tight Gold Coast block optimises privacy and creates secluded spaces to sit, depending on the sun and season.
- Urban lifecycle
Sustainably sourced materials meet passive solar design in the custom renovation and extension of a period Melbourne cottage
- Raw materials
Raw and prefinished materials are used with great effect for a contemporary farmhouse near Margaret River.
- An uplifting prospect
An exceptional block of land called for a special kind of home, and that’s what architect Brian Steendyk delivered at Bellbird Retreat in rural Queensland.
- Elevated thinking
A compact family home is a striking anomaly in Perth’s beachside Coogee, where the trend is towards ever-larger houses on shrinking lot sizes.
- Testing ground
Experimenting with hempcrete for a flexible studio has helped owner-builders finetune their design for a future family home.
- Glorifying tents
Sustainable architects are drawing inspiration from age-old tent designs – including Moroccan Berber and classic pitched scout tents – and the results are spectacular.
Ideas & advice:
- Cladding: getting it right
What you should be considering when choosing the cladding for your sustainable home or renovation.
- Upcycled glasshouses
Inside five home conservatories built using reclaimed materials, including single glazing.
- Materials frontier
Dick Clarke uncovers new composites that reduce carbon, interrupt waste streams and reassemble themselves.
- Deconstruction: From waste to product
How inventor Veena Sahajwalla is designing waste out of the economy.
- Light saviours
Three lighting experts provide rescue remedies for poor lighting design.
- Airtight design meets MVHR
Jenny Edwards explains when mechanical ventilation with heat recovery is really needed.
- Buyer (still) beware
We have a new building code, so why are consumers still being short-changed?
- Design workshop: Making space for family and friends
Paul Worroll of Reddog Architects suggests an alternative pavilion renovation idea for a 1950s brick home.