Green Magazine

Green Magazine #64 November-December 2018

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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To compile our annual office feature is a delight, with so many engaging, considered approaches to workplace design emerging in our cities. Thankfully, the place where we spend much of our time is no longer just a space in which to prop ourselves for a day of work. We profile eight offices that are comfortable, adaptable, light, well-ventilated and full of inspiration (pg 30). The work of great mid-century architect Ernest Fooks is scattered around Melbourne and we are happy to present the gentle renovation of one modest example by Preston Lane (pg 38). Conservation of a different type informed the design of a house by Porebski Architects that sits within a steep-sided gully in bushland in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs (pg 60). Further north in Brisbane’s west, a tower designed by Phorm…

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not so basic

Les Basic is an intuitive and functional collection of furniture, lighting and accessories created for the Millennial age by Alexander Lotersztain. This modular sofa system is designed to be configured as required to meet the needs of the home or office. Flexible furniture? We’re all for it. lesbasic.com Each to Their Own These playful and sculptural “Bento Sets” are a contemporary take on Japanese tradition, made of imperial-coloured porcelain. R L Foote Design Studio is based between Melbourne and Hong Kong and as evidenced, has a particular interest in the designed food and beverage experience. rlfootedesign.com Sown Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based CRÈME is a creative design studio founded by Jun Aizaki. Referencing the alarming fact that in 2006, Starbucks reported having used 2.6 billion cups at their stores, CRÈME investigated how nature could provide a more…

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horses for courses

Kerstin Thompson has transformed Victoria Police’s Southbank horse stables for the Victorian College of the Arts with consummate skill in adaptive reuse. It’s the latest in a long line of educational and cultural projects for a multi-dimensional architect with a growing, gender-balanced practice committed to enduring homes and ecological repair. On the face of it, horse stables and artists’ studios are very different beasts. “There’s always that [issue] when you’re using an existing building that was designed for a completely different purpose,” says Kerstin Thompson. “How can you reconfigure with the least amount of effort to enable new uses out of old forms?” But the 106-year-old, heritage-listed HQ of the Victoria Police Mounted Branch, with its iconic octagonal entrance, long, light-filled, voluminous central core, multiple horse stalls and original mezzanine, was…

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DARK ARTS Artwork with a lot of black in it is best hung in areas with no direct natural light so that subtle detail is legible. This internal space without large adjacent windows is perfect for the Delphic painting “Night swimming” by South African artist Kirsten Lilford. otomys.com/artist/kirsten-lilford BUILD-IN A timber veneer built-in seat designed by Whiting Architects is a space-efficient and multi-purpose item of furniture, functioning both as a sideboard and a seat. By floating above the ground it allows the floor space to remain open and the room seems larger. Furniture was chosen to match the seat timbers so the unified tones seem uncluttered. This includes the coffee table by kin design and the solid oak “Rocket Bar Stools” by Artek. kindesignco.com artek.fi LESS IS MORE This tiny, terrace style one-bedroom cottage in…

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working smarter

COOL The office of Middle Park House was designed and styled by sisällä for a client who runs a consultancy business from home. Sisällä carefully selected a colour palette that would nurture a sense of calm and consequently encourage productivity – the hue of the walls oozes coolness that is energised by a vibrant watermelon-coloured table. Crucially, the desk area (complete with floor-to-ceiling cork pin-board) is located in a niche with a view to the street, offering the client moments of respite from the demands of the working day. In a most skilful way, this home office is carved into activity zones that spice up the interior program – the table is for meetings; the desk is for solo ventures and the client’s own teak armchairs are positioned for fireside pondering.…

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promise kept

It’s the most honest brief of all time: “Don’t ruin the house!” There was more to it than that, of course. Clients Sarah and Michael knew their modestly scaled, light-drenched, cream-brick home of the last 12 years (tucked behind the ABC’s old Ripponlea studios) was a highly functional beauty in need of sensitive modernising, not wholesale change. The kitchen (renovated in the 90s) and bathroom were dated. And although the house had a central living and dining space so generous it must have turned heads in the 50s, the young family of four craved more options for connection and retreat. The full brief to architect Nat Preston of Preston Lane went more like this: compact single-storey addition, updated kitchen, new “adult space” comprising study, master bedroom and ensuite, and refreshed side entrance,…