Sanctuary Issue 17

  • Modern Vernacular
  • Island Allure
  • Green by Nature
  • Special: Australia’s Greenest Kitchens
  • Turning an inside-out world right way around again
  • Building to Passive House Standard
  • Moving to Six Stars
  • Design Workshop: Space to Play

Issue Contents:

Modern Vernacular

Off the grid and reworking the simple aesthetic of the rural sheds of the region, this central Victorian weekender works so well that the family’s moved in full-time. Metcalfe, VIC, Wolveridge Architects.

Island Allure

An expansive, sheltered deck more than doubles the living area of this tiny Finnish summer retreat, and makes the most of rugged coastal views. Mustaluoto Island, Velkua, Finland, Huttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen Architects.

Green by Nature

In a place not known for its modest homes, a specialist landscaper is doing all he can to restore and rejuvenate the bush while creating a series of “treehouses” for his family. Palm Beach, Sydney, NSW, Matt Elkan Architect.

Special: Australia’s Greenest Kitchens

In this 37-page Sanctuary special feature we showcase 17 inspiring green kitchens from around Australia and overseas. Green interior designers bring you their top kitchen design tips, and we take a look at the latest in energy efficient appliances including fridges, dishwashers, ovens, induction cooktops, kitchen taps and benchtops.

Turning an inside-out world right way around again

Reverse Brick Veneer: When it comes to thermal efficiency, reversing traditional brick veneer construction and putting the brick on the inside makes so much more sense. Dick Clarke explains why.

Building to Passive House Standard

Developed in Europe as “passivhaus”, the Passive House Standard is gaining popularity worldwide. New Zealand building designer and Passive House Consultant Glenn Murdoch explains how it can help produce energy efficient, healthy houses.

Moving to Six Stars

Building code regulations for energy ratings are on the rise from five to six stars, and mandatory disclosure of a home’s star rating at sale time is coming soon. Studies show it is the unglamorous and often low-cost fundamentals that work best to lift a home’s energy performance towards a 6-star rating.

Design Workshop: Space to Play

In renovating their modest house in a Perth suburb, Claire and Leigh are aiming for better thermal performance and more living space without encroaching too much on their kids’ outdoor play area. Architect Sue Connor gives them some design ideas. Brentwood, Perth, WA, Sue Connor Architects.