Green Magazine

Green Magazine #76 November-December 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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the water-loving city

We’re so spoiled for choice in Sydney. Choosing your favourites feels like an impossible task when every single entry in our latest book, Places We Swim Sydney, is well worth your time. But, if you really want to twist our arm, these six go a long way to revealing the many sides of this water-loving city. The variety and density of swims in Sydney is something that continues to amaze us. There are iconic beaches that gather the masses, yet just around the corner you will find a quiet refuge with a handful of friends. Ocean pools are bold and highly visible, carved into the reefs as a declaration of love for the sea. Waves explore over low walls and swirl a regular cast of swimmers like poached eggs. Harbour pools,…

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permaculture tips

By now, your vegetable garden should be in full swing, growing the ultimate summer harvests: luscious sun-ripened tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, flavoursome beans and endless zucchinis. Fill any gaps in your garden now, to avoid later disappointment, but remember to consider how long your plants will take to get to harvest stage if you’re still planting at this late stage of the growing season. If you’re planting tomatoes, buy well-developed plants as it’s too late in the season to grow your own from seed. Look for those with a short time to harvest, such as Stupice. If you’re planting beans, choose bush varieties, as they bear much more quickly than climbing types. Late spring is the perfect time to start warm-climate plants in cooler southern gardens. Passionfruit, citrus, turmeric, ginger, sweet potato…

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When Mat Hinds of Taylor and Hinds Architects describes this project, he does so with joy. He expresses the pleasure of working with a client who was ready to be challenged architecturally, and who pushed back, with outstanding results; the joy of returning to a site he already knew through a previous client (although the project did not eventuate in this case); and the delight of transforming the dark, damp, cluttered rear of a timber Federation cottage into a light-filled, ‘feathered’ space in which the client, a prolific reader and proficient craftswoman, can attend to her daily contentments. Lena, the client, placed no limits on her architects. Instead of requesting ‘safe moves’, says Mat, “Lena placed herself totally in our hands, and yet I see Lena in every aspect; she is…

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life’s work

AGILE Foolscap Studio’s digs may be dubbed ‘The Cloud’, but its dynamism ensures that this project's feet are firmly planted on the ground. After much searching, Foolscap Studio found the perfect site in a former factory in Melbourne’s artsy Collingwood; then transformed it into a creative studio and networking space catering for product design, prototyping, hospitality occasions and wellness initiatives. The interior palette is elegant, yet easygoing: headliners are timber, ample greenery and soft textiles. Elements like limewashed wall cladding by Porta, decorative lighting by ISM Objects and the studio’s own custom-designed modular lounge (aka ‘The Soufflé’) bring plenty of character. foolscapstudio.com.au STROKE OF GENIUS This Carlton, Melbourne apartment has an enviable view over the gardens outside, but its original layout fell short of realising its assets. Tom Eckersley Architects put an end…

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Architect Taylor and Hinds Architects taylorandhinds.com.au Builder DS Building Joiner Dickens Constructions Window joiner Trimview Passive energy design The aspect of the site mitigates the low winter sun, and pressure from the upslope ground encroaches upon the garden and natural light. This presented as a primary issue to be addressed in the reworking of the interior. The new work needed to ameliorate the pressure of the terrain, revivify the garden, and increase the sunlight to the interior. Rather than entirely build out onto the new terrace, an extension is made obliquely, to compartmentalise the sandstone shelf as additional living space as well as a northeasterly oriented courtyard. This turns the orientation of the living space along, rather than against, the contour and opens the living spaces to morning aspect. The high-profiled roof captures sunlight deep into the plan. The…

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great minds

This might sound controversial, but not all great minds think alike. In the case of Makiko Ryujin and Michael Gittings, their differences are what makes theirs such a prosperous partnership. Makiko saw much of the world before coming to Melbourne. Born in Japan, she spent a year studying in Jakarta before finishing her secondary studies in Melbourne, where she later completed a Bachelor of Photography degree at RMIT University. A while later came Makiko’s foray into woodturning, which lead to a fateful stint at Coburg coworking space, Space Tank Studio. It was here that she crossed paths with Australian artist, Michael Gittings. The two’s 2019 collaborative work, Impermanence, is what Michael refers to as “the seed for the evolution of our work together.” It’s a fitting metaphor, given that Makiko and Michael’s…