The Nature Issue

Building a Green World One Bamboo Stick at a Time

Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia is becoming known as one of the world’s most sustainable and socially conscious architects, with heavy emphasis on the use of bamboo, which he calls ‘green steel’.

How Do You Build in a World Heritage Rainforest?

A heritage site in the Daintree Rainforest was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for M3Architecture and their Melbourne-based clients. Off-grid, constructed in timber and nestled into its tropical surrounds, this home embodies the essence of living within nature.

Joost Bakker Envisions Green Buildings Across the Globe

Designer, builder, florist, artist and a passionate advocate of self-sufficient suburban living, Joost Bakker has a dream. It may sound like a long-shot, but he’s been testing his theories out at home, and already has a plan to take over our city skylines with nourishing, flourishing greenery.

A Concrete House Finds a Home in the Tropics

Designed by WHBC Architects, the Chempenai House is a four-bedroom family home with modular tendencies, which sits lightly on the land. Adele Chong visits the concrete dwelling in Kuala Lumpur’s Damansara Heights and discovers a resourcefully crafted abode that toes the line between inside and outside.

No Green Thumb? No Worries

For Lauren Lance of The Borrowed Nursery, part of the beauty of working with plants is not only the richness that nature adds to our lives, but also the element of nurturing something that has been alive for many years.

How Can We Make Our Obstacles Work For Us?

Nature informs and inhabits every aspect of visual artist Joshua Yeldham’s work. It’s in his use of animal totems and in the echoes of the Aboriginal art and traditional Chinese landscapes that illuminate his paintings. It’s in his use of wood and cane and his tireless exploration of the world around him, so that every field, creek and river can be seen afresh.

A Fortress Façade Hides a Sumptuous Interior

Functioning as both a family home and a place for office meeting, MCR’s house in Prahran, Melbourne, ‘crosses the line’ on several fronts.

Modern, Minimalist Architecture Made Sexy

Decades of travel and architecture and 20 years in a mission brown holiday shack held together by silicon convinced architect Robin Williams to be truly adventurous when designing a permanent home with partner Donald Cant at St Andrew’s Beach on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

What Makes a House a Home; And What Makes it Last?

Enjoy the journey. That’s what Kara Rosenlund has inscribed on the inside front cover of this very special signed copy of her debut book, Shelter. And how fitting. This book is her journey cross-continent, put together to inspire your own. And inspire it will, as Holly Cunneen finds.

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