We need to recognise that a dwelling that was built in one era may not suit the conditions of a different era. And that we can retain the character of a precinct by carefully in filling new architecture into an existing context. How we manage this issue in the next few years will say a lot of our maturity to reconcile our past with our future.
On the weekend, I attended the Architecture Foundation Conference at Milsons Island on the Hawkesbury River. The conference is convened by Lindsay and Sue Johnston and they do a brilliant job. The conference is called “Deerubbin” which is the Aboriginal name for the Hawkesbury River and it means deep and wide.
A reflection on the relationship between architecture and time.
There is a something of a contradiction between sustainability and building. Resources are needed to build a new project – even one that will be sustainable once built. In turn, energy is needed to run a new facility so the by-product of any new project is waste that wasn’t being generated before.
Antony discusses the role in which ‘stuff’ plays in cluttering our lives, and whilst we hold close attachments to personalised momento’s of our past, looking towards minimalism encourages an unconstrained freedom for possibilities to emerge in spaces we never imagined.
A place for family and friends to enjoy the suburban magic of this sprawling North Caulfield house and garden.
We are proud to announce that our Gezellig House, also known as the Passive Warehouse, has been featured in the latest edition of Sanctuary Magazine.
Passive House is relevant to any climate, but the other question I’ve been asked is: “Is it relevant to our lifestyle?” Australians love the outdoors, and on beautiful sunny days all we want to do is throw open the doors and windows and leave them that way. Contrary to popular belief, there’s absolutely nothing stopping this in a Passive House. But when it gets bitterly cold or stinking hot, a Passive House will let you close everything up, keep the heat in (or out), and still have a constant supply of fresh outdoor air. A well-designed Passive House gives the occupant total control over internal comfort, with minimal energy use.
Graduate in the office Katie writes about one of her design passions: compact housing. Small footprint housing can sometimes get a bad rap, so this blog briefly looks at the small housing movement: a positive way to look at designing more, consuming less and living small!
Antony has just returned from a week away in Brisbane studying his lighting course at QUT. Here he reflects on some of the topics that sparked his interest and imagination.
A studio that frames an inner-urban courtyard