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Green Magazine #75 September-October 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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In this issue, and on the theme of ‘small’, our houses are not simply using their footprint efficiently, they are engaging with their inhabitants both inside and out. Our cover house, on a narrow corner block, makes the most of a borrowed footpath to extend the living space beyond the boundary when the conditions are right. Smaller houses in dense inner-urban neighbourhoods are increasingly considering engagement with the street and their communities; connections that are of such importance right now. Elsewhere in this issue, a family home on a small urban block goes up, rather than out and in the process creates multiple spaces that are active with multiple functions. Another keeps an extension tight so as not to encroach on valuable garden area and a small, semi-detached dwelling creates a…

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Look Again At first glance, the “C.O Stool” is a minimalist piece of furniture. It’s upon a second viewing that its excellence is truly revealed through thoughtful details like its sweeping seat and the gentle curvature of the footrest. olasdesign.com.au Bags of Creativity Melbourne atelier Actually Existing makes the super-sleek “Safety Holdall” from discarded industrial webbing sourced from a local manufacturer. actuallyexisting.com Served These trays from Melbourne furniture and accessories maker Baldwin Studios turn storing fruit and jewellery into stylish, curated moments. Better yet, they’re made from 100 per cent recycled post-consumer hardwood timbers and finished with plant-based natural oils. How good? baldwin-studios.com All Class The Brae Furniture Workshop believes that “every home deserves beautiful furniture” – and we very much agree. The “Torridon Cabinet” is inspired by the resurgence of mesh materials in contemporary design, combined…

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The Country near the mouth of the Liverpool River in northern Arnhem Land goes by a few names. For the Kunibídji people, the Traditional Owners of this place some 500 kilometres north-east of Darwin, it’s Manayingkarírra. Meanwhile, the neighbouring Kuninjku people call it Manawukan. In the English language, it’s known as Maningrida. Its most recent appellation partly makes up the name of Maningrida Wild Foods – a social enterprise initiative working with local Indigenous people to share the bounty of their land and sea with the community and wider Australia. The Maningrida Wild Foods (MWF) brand was created in 2018 as part of Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation (BAC). BAC represents and serves the Aboriginal people of the homelands and 32 outstations surrounding Maningrida, carrying out a range of services with respect to…

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undulating forms

“Bismarck House is experimental and original in nature,” says Andrew Burges, director of Andrew Burges Architects (ABA). As a house intended to be a holiday rental and a future bolthole for the clients, Julia and William Dangar, the ambitious, adventurous brief allowed for greater flexibility and exploration than a family home might. “We were asked to design freely, to do something we hadn’t done before, to experiment with materials and to create an informal house rather than a forever family home,” Andrew explains. And given that Will is a renowned landscape designer and director of Dangar Barin Smith, the garden would inherently be an integral part of the design. “It had to feel sympathetic to the exploratory architecture, and to have high impact visually and be low maintenance,” says Will. Bismarck…

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Architect Andrew Burges Architects aba-architects.com.au Landscape architect Dangar Barin Smith Interior decoration David Harrison and Karen McCartney Builder Robert Plumb Build Passive energy design The site was chosen by the client, a landscape architect, for its northerly aspect, the north-easterly ocean air, the proximity of local infrastructure and the beach, and the shared public space available to borrow along the northern laneway. Many design principles were set up around strengths given these site attributes. The internal footprint is restrained as far as possible to enable a continuous garden to run along and between rooms. At the ground level, the kitchen is oriented to catch the sun as well as people coming in off the lane. A garden courtyard frames the laneway entry and provides an outlook between both kitchen and living spaces. The garage is cloistered at the very…

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game on

You know the clients must have had an exceptionally high ratio of wacky ideas to useable space when you hear the architects, Mark Austin and Andrew Maynard – of Austin Maynard Architects (AMA) – describe one of the challenges of the project as channeling the best into one coherent design. “Craig and Heidi were so excited about all these different ideas, and they just kept going off on tangents like, ‘What about if we do this? What about if we do that?’” Mark Austin says. “It wasn’t that we didn’t want them to. We got excited … and explored different ideas with them. But it was [about] consolidating all those ideas into a functional house.” Clients Heidi Chapman and Craig McGrath were first-time renovators, and concede with a laugh they “weren’t very…