Bucking the trend

Bucking the trend

Undeterred by the obvious shortcomings of this small house on a tiny block, architect Kurt Crisp has created a light-filled, sustainable and much-loved home for his family.

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Green jewel

Green jewel

A subtropical renovation has not only connected a New Farm house with its lush garden but cleverly converted a rarely used swimming pool into a hydronic heating/cooling system.

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Lofty ideals

Lofty ideals

This modest extension showcases not only passive solar design but also well-researched eco-friendly materials, some of them still experimental.

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Recycled house

Recycled house

A Sydney semi is renovated using a palette of sustainably sourced materials and bricks and timber salvaged from the original house.

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Running on the sun

Running on the sun

Going off gas and installing enough solar to cover their needs was a big part of the brief for this high-performing, comfortable extension to an 1890 house in Melbourne’s east.

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Beyond brilliant

Beyond brilliant

A narrow, dark, cold Northcote terrace gets a light, bright rethink, connecting it to the world beyond and allowing a young family to stay in their close-knit community.

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A collective effort

A collective effort

With a new rammed earth wall and concrete slab in the extension, this classic Melbourne weatherboard now achieves 6.8 Stars and has gained a new lease on life.

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Hempcrete house

Hempcrete house

A house in inner-Sydney is built using hempcrete for its low embodied energy and excellent acoustic and thermal performance.

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Japanese lessons

Japanese lessons

A small house doesn’t have to feel cramped, as architect James Pedersen demonstrates with this home for his growing family in Sydney’s inner west.

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A modern townhouse

A modern townhouse

By subdividing a large site in Melbourne’s middle suburbs to allow for two 7.7 Star townhouses, architect Marie Carrel has bought some financial security, and created additional housing close to employment and transport.

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