Sanctuary Issue 29

Issue 29 features:

  • Australian design special
  • Design for heatwaves
  • 10 Star Challenge
  • Indigenous architecture
  • Roofs to keep you cool
  • Bush tucker

Issue Contents:

Style and Sustainability

Sustainable design is on show and hidden in the detail of this urban Melbourne home.

Tropical immersion

In the steamy tropics of Queensland, a couple find relief from the heat and nearby suburbia in a rainforest tree house.

To echo the old shack

A 1930s settlers shack lost in the devastating 2006 Grampians bushfires is reborn as an eco-getaway losing none of its character and gaining loads of charm.

10 Star Challenge

It’s not easy to design a 10 Star home, but some have taken on the challenge offered by the BDAV.

Colour me house

The renovated inner Melbourne home of cartoonist Judy Horacek and writer and academic Francesca Rendle-Short is a celebration of colour and light and the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle.


Collaboration and experimentation helped Gavin Scott create a contemporary home of his own, using natural materials and traditional techniques to mirror its lush surrounds.

Down by the billabong

Careful space planning and a host of integrated sustainable design features make this pair of understated Adelaide homes a quiet example of urban density done well.

Indigenous architecture

As we face longer and hotter summers and more unpredictable weather patterns, what can we learn from Australia’s original custodians about creating places that respond to and take advantage of our natural systems?

Design Workshop

Tony and Jan have plans to retire from their farm to a block on the Hastings River in Port Macquarie, New South Wales. Building designer John Basden of Sunergy Design suggests ways to maximise energy efficiency and comfort throughout the year.

Native good backyard

Save water and eat well by cultivating native food plants in your garden.

Put a lid on it

The colour, shape and structure of our roofs all impact on internal house temperatures. As our summers are tipped to become longer and hotter, how can our roofs best meet this challenge and keep us cool? Blaire Dobiecki outlines some options.

Design for a changing climate–heatwaves

Dick Clarke and Chris Reardon look at smarter ways to adapt home designs to prepare for heatwaves.