The release of our annual regional architecture issue seems most fitting in a time when Australians are focusing on home turf, in one way or another. These circumstances may be caused by factors beyond our control, but the homes in this issue are a glorious reminder of what sets Australian and New Zealand architecture apart – hopefully stirring wonder, inspiration and pride in our Aussie and Kiwi architects.
Our first home, on a family farm in New Zealand, might not appear as one at first. It took the daring and smarts of architect Ben Daly to transform a former shearing shed into his family home while staying true to the building’s historical character.
Down in Tassie, Victoria-based Topology Studio created a robust, sculptural home that rests elegantly between the waters of Otago Bay and the sky. The project was undertaken with utmost respect for the rural landscape at every turn.
In NSW, Takt Studio took inspiration from the nearby Illawarra Escarpment when designing a family home that achieves density and diversity in its coastal town setting.
Also in NSW, architect and former Arup engineer Alex Symes approached this Tamworth site with scientific precision and a good deal of heart. The memorably-named Upside Down Akubra House champions sustainability in an extreme climate.
Journey next to the cusp of a ravine on the Sunshine Coast hinterland, where Phorm architecture + design has delivered a family home perfectly tailored to its occupants.
On Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Matt Elkan Architect embraced an extraordinary site with a high-level bushfire threat, immersing the clients in the landscape without disrupting the natural order.
Looking now, to gardens: his name is Fabian Capomolla, but many know him as the Hungry Gardener – whose mission is to help people grow food in their own homes.
Up in QLD, a project skirting Noosa National Park is so dedicated to honouring the local terrain that its form is covered in landscape veils with endemic vegetation, blurring the line between the built and natural realms.
Finally, our travel feature: enjoy a trip through the archives as we revisit our favourite Australian travel destinations.