Issue 66

“What I want to do with our work is to care with intent,” reflects architect and landscape architect Thomas Woltz on Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects’ remarkable restoration project of a 3000-acre property in New Zealand (one of our garden profiles). These words inadvertently ring true throughout this issue; care and intent is apparent in the houses and gardens, and expressed by the designers and architects that fill its pages.

These qualities are not least on display in our annual multi-residential feature, where we take a look inside seven projects leading the way in sustainable, meaningful communal living. Meanwhile over in Fish Creek, Victoria, the duo behind 3Fold Design has created a tailored family home with an interior crafted almost entirely from salvaged timber, sourced from houses slated for demolition.

Up in Brisbane, Owen Architecture and clients applied a thoroughly modern approach to a site in a historic neighbourhood to achieve an uncomplicated lifestyle. A similar, pared-back architectural response defines a project by TRIAS for a downsizing Sydney couple. The architects looked to Jørn Utzon for inspiration and the result is a bright and spacious home that unfolds in layers.

Next up is a retreat on the coast north of Wellington, NZ. Parsonson Architects did away with the trappings of modern life and instead gave the family a space to connect and unwind.

Of course, where better (or, usually, more convenient) to unwind than in one’s own backyard? A Sydney terrace house has been refreshed by panovscott, which now includes lush garden spaces by landscape architect Kirsty Kendall.

Lastly, journey with us to Norfolk Island; small in size but rich in Australian history, full of local character and unique sights.

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