Paying it forward

Paying it forward

Having learned from the shortcomings of their first home build, the Whittall family engaged TS4 Living to design and build a high-performing sustainable home that would work for them for the long term.

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Testing ground

Testing ground

Joel and Danni Turner, with architect Nikki Mote, experimented with hempcrete for a compact studio to finetune the design and build for their future family house.

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An uplifting prospect

An uplifting prospect

Set in a biodiverse landscape 700m above sea level in Queensland’s Great Dividing Range, this small-footprint home is built to withstand the fire threat and extreme temperature fluctuations.

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Glorifying tents

Glorifying tents

We’ve all heard the gripe that Australian houses perform no better than glorified tents, but architects are taking inspiration from these age-old forms. The houses showcased here demonstrate how long-held understandings about shelter have a role to play in climate-responsive design.

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Raw materials

Raw materials

Architect Paul O’Reilly employed passive solar design principles and raw and prefinished materials to great effect for his sister’s house near Margaret River, WA.

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Tune up

Tune up

A U-shaped house on a tight suburban block optimises privacy and passive solar design and creates secluded spaces to sit, depending on the sun and season.

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Free-cycled style

Free-cycled style

Built to tread lightly on the land, this artist’s home in America’s Pacific Northwest makes elegant use of salvaged materials.

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Cottage cathedralette

Cottage cathedralette

Reversing the room layout and building on the same footprint as the original cottage were key to achieving a spacious, flexible new home that preserves this Melbourne horticulturalist’s beloved inner-city food garden.

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Back to basics

Back to basics

Good design need not be expensive – as architect Andrew Kerr demonstrates with his Tassie ‘apple crate shack’ built to 7.1 Stars on a $100k budget.

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Island off-grid

Island off-grid

Fitted with a modern take on punkah fans and the latest in battery tech, an experimental off-grid house on South Stradbroke Island is the result of a dynamic collaboration between architects Tim Bennetton and Gabriel Poole.

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