Green buildings

Beyond  our primary focus on sustainable residential design, we like to explore the initiatives being untaken by cafes, restaurants, schools, shops, offices, showrooms and other commercial enterprises to create eco-friendly buildings. Fit-outs that incorporate recycled or recyclable materials, non-toxic finishes and locally made fixtures.

Tall Order

Issue 76

In a notable first for this publication, we present a house designed for giraffes.


Issue 75

Family business Rhubarb Rhubarb is an organic grocer (you probably guessed that one!) that has been at the Preston Market for 20 years. When the time came to move spots and expand operations, the owners engaged Brave New Eco to design the fitout.

Tip Top

Issue 74

It makes sense that Melbourne’s Burwood Brickworks, dubbed “the world’s most sustainable shopping centre”, should be crowned with an urban rooftop farm championing farm to table eating.

All Roads Lead to …

Issue 69

When designing Pentolina – an Italian restaurant in Melbourne – Biasol looked to Rome for inspiration and combined references to the city’s famous ruins and quintessential Italian pasta bars with the fabric of the existing, century-old building.

History in the Making

Issue 68

The Oxford Scholar’s Swanston Street site has a proud history: a pub has existed in this very spot since the Victorian gold rush.

Time and Place

Issue 67

Living Edge’s Perth showroom by HASSELL synthesises the brand’s passion for longevity, simplicity and sustainability across three levels and some 1000-square-metres.


Issue 66

Designed by Richard Stampton Architects, this showroom for Australian fine jeweller Cushla Whiting in Melbourne delves far deeper than a conventional retail experience.

Easy Come, Easy Go

Issue 66

Designed by Kerstin Thompson Architects with Figureground Architecture, Sunda celebrates its temporariness through a delicate, metallic structure tucked between brick neighbours in Melbourne’s Punch Lane.

Leaps and Bounds

Issue 65

A winning combination of foresight, skill and sense stands kitchen manufacturing company Cantilever in good stead.