Sanctuary Issue 26

Issue 26 features:

  • A home of gardens, in courtyards and on the roof
  • Humanitarian architecture
  • How to find and use good wood
  • Heat pumps for hot water
  • An eco hut in the Queensland bush

Issue Contents:

Secret gardens

Hidden outdoor spaces and a generous amount of light lie behind the weatherboard façade of this inner-city Melbourne home.

Modernist ideal

A love of American Modernism influenced the renovation of this house in suburban Sydney.

A place of rest

An elegant hut designed and constructed with environmental and structural integrity in mind is a peaceful rest spot for trekkers in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley.

Responsive and reposed

A house nestled into a steep gully on the outskirts of Dunedin, New Zealand, required a thoughtful passive solar design response.

Good old wood

A reorientation, recycled timber and some hands-on work transform a Melbourne house for a couple committed to using only ‘good’ wood.

Carbon neutral

This house by a South Australian design firm offsets its carbon footprint over 32 years.

Humanitarian architecture

Australian architects are designing innovative buildings for disaster-affected or underserved communities. As these humanitarian projects show, there’s more to sustainability than just a well-designed structure.

Design workshop, country life

Ash and Bridget Graham have three young children, a block of land in Victoria’s northeast and an idea to build a family home that will stand the test of time. Tim Ellis from Timothy Ellis Building Design helps them sketch out a plan.

A touch of colour

Dick Clarke and Trevor King present their collaborative research and professional approach to ‘localness’ within design. Here they look at colour.

Measuring up — global sustainability schemes

Sustainable building designer Tim Adams reviews the international energy and sustainable living schemes that are gaining traction in Australia.

A bush oasis

A house and garden in the Southern Adelaide Hills complement each other to create a beautiful, energy efficient and productive living environment.

The generous verge

Planting veggies and herbs on the verge is a productive way to garden.

In search of good wood

Using good wood in your new build, renovation or for that lovely piece of furniture is an important part of any environmentally and socially responsible project. But how do you go about finding it?

Efficient hot water – a look at heat pumps

Solar hot water is always a great choice when it comes to greener hot water. Drawing on a new hot water guide by the ATA, here we look at energy efficient heat pumps as an alternative.

A One Planet plan of action

At WestWyck in Melbourne, Mike Hill and Lorna Pitt are continuing their quiet and determined work to reinvent an old school and develop more environmentally responsible homes.