Green Magazine

Green Magazine #78 March-April 2021

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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There is an element of conflict in publishing a magazine when we feel so strongly about the detrimental effects of overconsumption. Our Upfront pages are particularly tricky, so we have been focusing on the work of local designers and craftspeople and hope that what you need can be found in this ever-expanding pool. We also believe strongly in the ethos of ‘buy once, buy well’; encouraging the old-fashioned idea of saving up and investing in a much-loved piece. We will increasingly gather the work of locals in our pages and occasionally look beyond Australia if an environmental initiative is groundbreaking or thought-provoking. This sentiment continues through our features and houses – individual craftsmanship and considered architecture are paramount and this is apparent in all of the houses in this issue. ‘Love thy neighbour’…

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Dedicated Italian company Paola Lenti’s latest outdoor collection is made only from recyclable and reclaimed fibre materials. Its pieces come in over 200 colourways (which is bad news for the more indecisive among us) and are designed to endure tough outdoor conditions. dedece.com Weave This potholder or trivet is made from recycled cotton saris in Bangladesh by artisan workers through an enterprise that provides alternative employment to former sex workers. Each potholder is completely unique and produced following Fair Trade working conditions. everyday-needs.com Extraterrestrial Melbourne-based ceramic artist Kirsten Perry creates biomorphic objects conjured from imaginings of life on a planet far away. kirstenperry.com Get Ziggy “Ziggy” is a sculptural number from Jardan that bears a distinctly architectural quality. It’s available with environmentally friendly fabrics, either FSC® or PEFC label timber and inside, its foam is CFC-free and 100 per cent…

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keen eye

Interiors, activation and design detailing captivated Adèle Winteridge long before she knew the terms for them. “As a teenager, I used to go on walks around our suburb in Perth and I’d walk past people’s houses and imagine what was going on inside,” she says. “I was fascinated by the different eras of houses and even down to the details of peoples’ letterboxes. I remember that very vividly.” At Curtin University she was drawn in by arts, but fell for design through a single subject on the history and theory of landscape and architecture. “It was over on the architectural campus and I went there and was like, ‘These are my people’,” she recalls with a laugh. “We had this rockabilly lecturer who was teaching us all about ancient Egypt, and…

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mix and match

REAWAKENED Biophilia is more than a buzzword for Woods Bagot, whose 22-apartment Short Lane development in inner-city Sydney is replete with cantilevered landscaped terraces dripping with cilandra and periwinkle. The one and two-bedroom abodes include exposed concrete ceilings with oak flooring for a sophisticated urban vibe and each living area has full-height sliding glass doors leading to an outdoor space. A retail component on the ground floor activates the street frontage and the project contributes to the local Surry Hills laneway network of cafés, retail outlets, bars and restaurants. Passive design solutions and considered material selection round out Short Lane’s ESD chops. woodsbagot.com PIONEER Breathe Architecture continues to set its own benchmark with Sydney’s Arkadia: four buildings with four identities and four communities, all exemplifying the firm’s commitment to the philosophy of sustainability. The…

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sky high

Alterations and additions to heritage houses are often designed to open them up for space, light and views. Large sections of glass are usually the go-to, but can cause overlooking issues, particularly in inner-suburban areas. Panovscott took a more considered approach to light and views in this semidetached Federation villa on Sydney’s North Shore. Windows and skylights are strategically inserted to modulate light and views, creating a more nuanced experience while allowing for greater levels of privacy, too. The clients – Mike and Kristen, who have two young children – wanted to enlarge the living space, add bedrooms and bring in more light to the south-facing rear of their home. They engaged panovscott to design a rear addition that would optimise space and light, yet retain their privacy, as the two-storey…

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Architect panovscott Architects panovscott.com.au Builder Hobbs & Blair Passive energy design The site is within a heritage conservation area. The existing dwelling is one-half of a semi-detached pair with a pleasing character to the street and northern aspect. The project sought to retain as much of the extant building as was possible, while undertaking preservation work to that fabric and establishing a new building form to the rear that would radically alter the amenity in that part of the dwelling. The new works are located to the south and orientated to the rear southern garden, but they are also orientated to the sky via the glass roofs, tangentially to the park diagonally across the rear lane, to the cluster of commercial towers on the skyline westward and across the existing rooftop to the north. In an…