In this ‘Maximising small’ issue, the defining element of both the house and the garden projects is courtyards. And in our feature, we look at the ways in which prefabrication, either as part of a home or its entirety, is offering both practical and economic solutions for a growing number of builds.
But up first, we profile the work of Five Mile Radius, an architecture studio founded in Brisbane by a group of young graduates including Clare Kennedy, Hunter Eccleston and Tom O’Shea, with a mission to advocate, educate, make and design.
After that, we explore four homes. First, Ha Ha Haus in Alphington by FIGR Architecture Studio, with a creation story brimming with delightful surprises.
Then, Rob Kennon Architects create a pared-back structure that wears its 21st century rural aesthetic on its sleeve, tucked between the Otways and Victoria’s Western District.
Next up, in the streets of Brisbane’s Woolloongabba, lining a ridge between a motorway to the east and a hospital precinct to the west, a family home—Hopscotch House—by local architect John Ellway reveals how architecture can have a profound impact on the surrounding neighbourhood.
And for our final house feature, a Melbourne courtyard house by Delia Teschendorff Architecture that embraces its trees and streetscapes to place itself firmly in its community.
Next up, our two garden features. In the first one, the award-winning Fitzroy Bridge House by Matt Gibson Architecture sits confidently within its mixed urban fabric of Fitzroy in Melbourne.
In the second, architect Jimmy Thompson of MJA Studio has created a truly inspiring pad—Jimmy’s House—with as much garden as there is house.
And finally, we head to the Tasmanian wilderness to explore a trio of new Overland Track hiking huts – Waterfall Valley, Windermere and Kia Ora – created by Green Design Architects in Hobart and built by AJR Construct.
And of course, our regular segments Upfront and Upfront Garden share a curated spread of projects, products or creations that we love. Plus, explore this issue’s Permaculture Tips by Karen Sutherland from Edible Eden Design, and ‘Temppeliaukio Church‘ by Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen What I Like About You.