Sustainable rural development seeks to utilise low impact design techniques to create minimal yet highly crafted spaces. Using a small palette of locally sourced materials which settle naturally into the surrounding landscape, there is a deep focus on connection with the environment and engendering a sense of companionship but also privacy. Of the principles that constitute sustainable regional development, using an efficient footprint to design and build a space that commemorates and gives back to the landscape for the long-term sits at the focal point.

To Size

Issue 32

When it comes to persuading clients to go for a smaller footprint, a West Australian design couple has let their own home do the talking.

An Aunt’s Story

Issue 29

This new beach shack on a bay south of Hobart combines the spirit of the past with the clean lines and airy atmosphere of the present.

Vantage Point

Issue 28

Small but perfectly formed - this home in southern Tasmania was customised to the clients’ needs, and their budget.

narrow victory

Issue 28

A compact yet stylish coastal “bach” on NZ’s Coromandel Peninsula was the ultimate practical assignment for a group of architecture students from Auckland’s Unitec.

Setting Up Camp

Issue 28

In a forest outside Bendigo in central Victoria, where temperatures swing from freezing winters to scorching summers, a local architect has used lessons learned during a stint in Brisbane to conceive and build a compact, affordable “camp” for his young family.

A River Runs Through It

Issue 23

When architect Shawn Godwin visited his client’s block of land on the Sunshine Coast, he was struck by its natural beauty. He wanted to preserve it and design a house minimising any impact.

In Situ

Issue 22

For a climber and an artist, this remote harsh area of New Zealand’s South Island offered a rare opportunity. Martin Hill had been based for many years in Auckland but the attraction of the mountains and lakes of the Wanaka region in the Southern Alps provided an environment for him to delve more deeply into his art and photography.