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#66 March-April 2019

GREEN MAGAZINE is Australia's leading magazine for inspirational stories on sustainable architecture featuring local and international houses, gardens and profiles. Discover spectacular city, country and coastal homes and gardens featuring environmental design with lots of personality, as well as profiles on people engaged in new and exciting projects.

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Making room for more people in our cities requires sensitive urban planning; ensuring they are happy requires architecture that considers all of their needs and more. In this issue we look at seven multi-residential projects that go beyond the typical model.Building a house using material salvaged from demolition sites is alone no mean feat, but one with strong architectural merit and attention to detail demanded the dedication and patience of architectural duo 3fold Design (pg 36).Meanwhile civic mindedness, along with a balance between built form and open space, was the driver for a new type of terrace in an historic Brisbane street by Owen Architecture (pg 44).Heading south, a house by TRIAS, on a wedge-shaped block in downtown Newcastle, has also paid homage to the local architecture by reusing…

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Brimming This cup is extraordinary inside and out. It’s made from 100 per cent plastic that has washed up on Australian beaches, straight out of the Great Pacific garbage patch. Plus, it’s designed by Dutch ceramic artist Kirstie Van Noort – so it looks super sleek too. supercyclers.com Relaxation Redefined Interior and fashion stylist Sarah Ellison takes pride in her distinctly Australian, down-to-earth aesthetic. The “Icon” chair attests to this style: a marriage of rattan with a sculptural steel frame that immediately reminds us of easy, breezy summers. sarahellison.com.au Simple Proving that even the most everyday objects are worthy of care and craftsmanship, the “Everyday Drying Rack” is made from American ash and folds away for easy storage. georgeandwilly.com Carry all If you don’t…

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step by step

Establishing a small architecture practice is no mean feat. Establishing a practice overseas unarguably compounds the challenge. But husband-and-wife-team, architect Luke Hayward and interior designer Junko Nakatsuka, have successfully carved out a niche in Japan, where they have established their studio atelier Luke and are designing second homes for Australian-based clients. Timber boxes are inserted within the void of the stripped-back interior, creating functional spaces in the traditional Japanese row house.The couple moved from Australia to Japan in 2013. Luke grew up in New South Wales and Queensland, before studying film-making at Queensland College of Art and working in production design, which sparked his interest in architecture. “I decided I didn’t want to do the fake stuff any more, so I studied to be an architect so that I…

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WHIMSY This whimsical extension to an Edwardian brick home by innovative architecture studio WOWOWA is playfully named “Tiger Prawn” in reference to the brown and gold Hawthorn brick exterior patterning typical of the period. One challenge of designing open plan living spaces in a terrace extension is that due to this narrow format they also function as a hallway; this limits the way they can be laid out and furnished. These narrow and long sites can create space that acts like a visual tunnel and suffers from dim lighting in the centre when the boundary sides are built up. WOWOWA has cleverly avoided this outcome by carving out negative space on the south boundary in the form of a rounded triangle courtyard introducing light and cross-flow ventilation into…

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life blood

PIONEER The constraints of the city environment did not hinder the sustainable agenda of The Fern by Steele Associates – as a matter of fact, its location in densely urban Redfern, Sydney presented a unique opportunity for it to become Australia’s first Passivhaus-certified apartment building. Its energy efficient features include triple-glazed doors and windows; R3.5 and R6 wall and roof insulation, respectively and structural thermal breaks that isolate the interior and exterior structure to prevent unwanted heat transfer. Made up of 11 one-bedroom apartments in varying configurations, The Fern does not include car parking because of its vicinity to public transport. Another notable feature is two 15-metre high green walls stretching on either side of the entry atrium. “The idea is that you leave the buzzing public…

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rich history

Bookcases carved out of the entrance hall reference the owners’ former home behind a local bookshop. A low-framed, two-metre-wide pivot door opens onto a voluminous rear shed/studio. Take two of the timber staircase, which Michael designed (and rebuilt) on the fly. The ceiling treatment, inspired by the architecture book Norwegian Wood, adds texture and directs the eye to north-facing views. Michael Chang and Bridget Crowe of 3fold Design were living in Yarraville and spending weekends at Sandy Point back in 2001 when, on the spur of the moment, they bought an elevated, sloping block with ocean views in nearby (and far more affordable) Fish Creek. Twelve years ago they made their tree change, buying 9-Acres Bookshop and later transforming it into a café. For six years they lived…