Green Magazine #65 January-February 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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When considering architectural projects for green it is important that we take stock every now and then to consider the question of affordability. We aim to present an inspiring mix of innovative and beautiful projects that, if not attainable for all, at least offer some clever ideas that can be interpreted in modest ways. Our message ultimately is that of quality and longevity; good design and durable materials are inherently sustainable. Nowhere is this more important than in the kitchen, where considered design and quality materials are of utmost importance in ensuring a long life. The nine kitchens in our annual feature are sympathetic to the environment in which they sit and are built to last. At the same time they offer some reflection of the character of their owners and…

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Champ The “Iva stool” has credentials. Winner at the 2018 Restaurant & Bar Product Design Awards, this Australian-made stool by Grazia and Co is topped off with an ever-so-subtle brass foot rail. graziaandco.com.au Embodied Ross Thompson’s appreciation for mid-century modern, Bauhaus and minimalist styles translates to his work in his dedication to craftsmanship and attention to detail. “Wardrobe” showcases Ross’s training as a traditional furniture maker, in rich blackwood and complete with a hand-dovetailed cabinet. rossthompson.com.au New Tricks Through the exhibition Adelaide Modern, JamFactory invited selected designers to respond to pieces of mid-century furniture. Our favourites include “Aurora” by Caren Elliss – a vibrant reference to Memphis postmodernism and a nod to FLER Co & Staff’s iconic “Narvik” day bed – and studio-gram’s "Party Wall” – a re-articulation of the Macrob wall unit inspired by house parties…

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leaps and bounds

A clear vision and thorough understanding of design integrity has seen this small local business expand into a sought-after service to both architects and self-managed clients all over Australia. The team at Cantilever in Melbourne has developed a canny knowledge of diverse and changing requirements for Australian families, along with a deep respect for how good design can squeeze the most out of any project. Company directors Charlie Wilde and Travis Dean were both independent furniture makers and members in a local communal workshop/factory/ studio along with a group of like-minded creatives. The collaborative environment of painters, ceramicists, guitar makers and other furniture makers resulted in natural collaborations between them; however, the projects were getting bigger and bigger and their exasperated accountant suggested they form a company so there would be only…

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DYNAMIC BIOPHILLIC Conceived by Cavill Architects, this exquisitely resolved extension to a Queenslander home was inspired by monolithic European relics, into which vines and plants creep as the building further decays. Despite the exotic inspiration, the outcome has a very local context. The domestic Australian architectural dream has long chased the narrative of indoor/outdoor connection as a core aspiration. This project has transcended that ideal, morphing the environments into a single intention that removes thresholds. CHANGING FORMS The arrangement of a sunken living room looking beyond an internal garden onto a suspended pavilion-style sitting room beyond forms a deferential arrangement around the central crepe myrtle tree. The result is an interior environment that inspires intimacy and reflection. The rhythmic landscapes designed by Dan Young are full of climbers, ground covers and cascading species…

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a cut above

BESPOKE The home of SJB director Adam Haddow was never going to be anything short of unique. This penthouse addition to the former Demco Machinery Company headquarters in Sydney (the garden of which featured in issue 63 of green magazine) is bold and highly bespoke – and its kitchen is no exception. Its distinctive green hue melds perfectly with the adjacent south-facing garden as seen through a length of glazed louvres. The inspiration behind this decision was to invite the energy of the natural landscape into the apartment. While separate from the living and dining rooms, a custom, steel-legged granite-topped bench just outside the kitchen links it to the living space. / sjb.com.au Specs / Cooktop: Miele / Sinks: Franke / Cupboards: poly cupboards in Dulux “Gully Green” BALANCE The existing kitchen of Monash…

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just right

‘ Form follows function’ is the modernist principle by which a building is shaped by its purpose. However, the reverse applies at this house in Church Point, Sydney, where function follows form due to the challenges of the brief and constraints of the site. “We had to create the form of the house based on limitations and the lay of the land, and then configure function within it,” says architect Daniel Raymond. It is because of these challenges and constraints that the house sits so harmoniously in the site, coexisting with the bushland setting. Daniel and Thomas Martin, or rama, designed the house for David and Nyree Jarvis of furniture design and fit-out studio Elo Silo. “I wanted to build a sustainable house, which meant cutting back on labour, materials and waste,…