Every so often, we realise that an issue incidentally (or perhaps, fatefully) revolves around an unofficial theme. For this issue, it’s ‘love thy neighbour’ – when architecture considers and cares for not only those directly experiencing it, but those around it.
What better introduction to neighbourliness than our annual multi-res feature? We’ve singled out four projects across the country that combine sustainable principles with design flair.
Next up in Sydney, panovscott applied lateral thinking vertically by inserting windows and skylights into a semi-detached Federation villa to optimise light, views and privacy.
Then in Perth, a family seeking to engage with local happenings and community enlisted Philip Stejskal to create an easygoing beachside home.
Down in Hobart, a beloved workers’ cottage has been given a restrained and respectful update care of Bence Mulcahy to better cater for the needs of a family.
Meanwhile, a coastal dwelling on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) by Paul Butterworth Architect understands the rhythms of island life. It takes no more than it needs – even offering passersby ocean views, visible from the street through the centre of the house.
Then, discover how Tasmania’s Van Bone restaurant has been brought into being by an accomplished hospitality trio who values quality and locality.
Next in country Victoria, we see how landscape designer Kylie Blade has transformed “a sludgy dam and ‘nothing’ garden” into a bucolic paradise with meaningful touches.
Lastly, join us on a cycling trip through north-eastern Victoria’s Beechworth and savour the history, cuisine and many sights. To borrow an oft-used expression: there’s truly something for everyone here!