Sanctuary Issue 13

  • Sun Drenched
  • Eaves
  • Ventilation & Cooling
  • Raingardens
  • From Cradle To Grave
  • Lesson Learnt
  • Divide & Prosper
  • Ahead Of Its Time
  • Light As A Breeze
  • Back to Basics
  • New Lease On Light
  • Thermal Mass

Issue Contents:

Sun Drenched

Summer holidays along this stretch of the NSW coast are taken in uncomplicated sustainable style – is there any better way? Seal Rocks, NSW. Bourne Blue Architecture

New Lease On Light

Clever design brings light and warmth into a quaint inner Melbourne home. Thornbury, Victoria. Positive footprints

Back to Basics

A routine re-stumping transforms an old weatherboard in inner-suburbia Melbourne into a charming home. Coburg, Melbourne, Victoria. Owner Builder

Light As A Breeze

A new build on Queensland\’s Southeast coast rises to the challenge of its coastal environment. Hervey Bay, Queensland. bark Design Architects

Ahead Of Its Time

An Eco development on Tasmania’s east coast prioritises the local bush, small floor plans and sustainability- on a modest budget. Spring Beach, Tasmania. Maria Gigney Architects

Divide & Prosper

Lateral thinking and design flair fit an airy and roomy house in the backyard of an inner-city Brisbane block. Newstead, Queensland. Base Architecture

Lesson Learnt

Sanctuary revisits WestWyck, an Eco-housing development in a Melbourne primary school, to see what’s changed since it was first profiled three years ago.

From Cradle To Grave

Life cycle assessment reveals the impact of building products, from their raw material production, manufacture and distribution through to their disposal.


The natural filtering capabilities of soil and plants can be used to clean up storm-water on both a residential and a broader scale.

Ventilation & Cooling

Keeping the facilitation of air flow in mind when designing your home is crucial for good ventilation and passive cooling, writes Paul Downton.


Dick Clarke takes a look at the advantages of operable shading over fixed eaves in mixed heating and cooling climate zones.

Thermal Mass

Thermal mass is one of the simplest green design principles, and one of the most important, writes Marie Wallin. Luckily it’s easy to get right and there are no on-going costs.