Green Magazine

Green Magazine #71 January-February 2020

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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New kitchens can be cold and hard but we are delighted with our selection for this issue’s feature. On the contrary, these are full of warmth, texture and colour ensuring that they form the heart of each of their homes. They are also great advocates for local materials and fittings and, when those aren’t achievable, durable ones. We have gathered an eclectic group of homes on the following pages, including a beauty by WOWOWA Architecture’s Monique Woodward, who was inspired to enhance an already fabulous 1970s two-storey apartment by simply reconfiguring some of the spaces to encourage flow. Crafted details and colour provide “a sense of lovability and livability” while respecting the original features to deliver a unique city pad. In contrast, Youssofzay + Hart’s use of earthy bricks, spotted gum and…

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Built Form Sydney’s Natalie Rosin brings her background as a graduate architect to her ceramics practice. Her work evokes intersectional principles of design that remind us of the artistry inherent in architecture. Selected works available via Saint Cloche Gallery. natalie-rosin.com saintcloche.com Stretch The “Kelly Chair” by Daniel Boddam Studio is an indoor sun lounger envisaged for a tropical environment. It’s also described as “ideal for slouching” – but don’t tell your mum that part. danielboddam.com Pick and Choose Australian online design store Gingerfinch was created by Peita Davis to showcase the work of global contemporary designers and artisans without fanning the flames of throwaway culture. Gingerfinch’s wares are curated according to three questions: where was it made, who made it and from what? Peita’s thoroughness extends to Gingerfinch’s logistics partner, Sendle – a 100 per cent…

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Temporary architecture has long been an opportunity to experiment with ideas, respond quickly to change and draw attention to cultural issues. While many temporary architectural structures require a significant amount of materials and energy despite their small size or ephemeral use, Plastique Fantastique’s inflatable structures offer a sustainable, adaptable and mobile alternative. “Inflatables are sustainable in many ways compared to traditional materials such as wood, metal and concrete, as they are lightweight to transport, create no waste after the event, and are easy and fast to install and dismantle, consuming less human labour and time,” says Plastique Fantastique co-director, Yena Young. Plastique Fantastique began in Berlin in 1999 when the city had lots of empty spaces due to cultural, social and political change. “The city had the physical need to be occupied…

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the place to be

COUNTRY CHARM This home in Victoria’s Yarra Valley was feeling the strain of accommodating the clients’ three boys and extended family, which called for a highly-considered renovation by Chelsea Hing. The home’s country location informed its redesign, which combines sleek modern touches with traditional accents. In the kitchen, this translates to graphic tiles on the walls and kitchen bench contrasted with mesh cupboards that imbue the space with that rustic feel. If this kitchen gives off a lived-in vibe, it’s no mistake – as in the rest of the house, its materials were selected to showcase patina. chelseahing.com.au SPECS Tap: Astra Walker Icon in “Brushed Platinum” and Zip HydroTap in "brushed chrome" Fridge: Fisher & Paykel Rangehood: Qasair Seneca, Sapphire Range in "Fusion Gold" Tiles (wall and island benchtop): Patricia Urquiola Sink: Abey Schock Double Bowl in…

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modernist dream

When WOWOWA Director Monique Woodward says she’d live in client Ros Willett’s St Kilda “Modo Pento” (modernist penthouse) in a heartbeat it’s clear she means it. Even before her team transformed the interior with help from builder Peter Sak and Kyneton joiners Evolve Interiors, Monique was blown away by the scale, comfort and detailing of the elevated two-storey 70s apartment with wrap-around roof terrace overlooking St Kilda. “You walk in initially and think, ‘What could this house possibly need?’ because it’s this magic and very spacious four-bedroom apartment with a beautiful library and living room and dining room and separate kitchen and generous hallway and a whole other wing for the bedrooms,” Monique recalls. “It was already a beautiful apartment with textured glass sliding windows and peacock dimple glass and fine…

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in harmony

North Rocks in Sydney’s West is a family-friendly suburb, surrounded by densely forested valleys. Its streets are predominantly lined with single-storey 1950s cottages and new two-storey project homes, which are unrelated to their context, lacking connection to the natural landscape and Australian climate. By contrast, Courtyard House, designed by Youssofzay + Hart, is in harmony with the adjoining bush reserve. It also takes advantage of passive solar design while respecting the scale and form of the local housing typology. “It was important that the materials and form honour the Australian suburban vernacular but respond more sensitively to climate and landscape,” says Belqis Youssofzay. Amber and Tom Lowes engaged Youssofzay + Hart for the alteration and addition to their two-bedroom double-brick cottage. They wanted a family home that maintained the feel of…