Issue 77

For many of us in 2020, our homes have also become our workplaces – and for some of us, this has led to a rethink. What is the future of office design and will houses increasingly incorporate workspaces? We look at a variety of offices in this issue, some in the home and others outside of it, all with exibility in mind.

Our Tasmanian cover house, designed by Taylor and Hinds Architects, includes places for quiet study as opposed to work. A small library has replaced a bathroom as the client is a prolific reader.

The importance of outdoor space has also been highlighted in these house- bound times. In New Zealand’s Wellington, Spacecraft Architects has designed a low-budget renovation around a courtyard, to protect its residents from the city’s gusty winds.

PHOOEY Architects also focused on the courtyard when retrofitting a 1990s home; restoring sightlines whilst also improving its thermal efficiency and acoustics.

While the calm and focus that comes from art and gardening has been highlighted this year, the convergence of both is what makes beekeeping so appealing. Nic Dowse of Honey Fingers shares with us the important traditions and deep, historic relationship between bees and people.

Elsewhere, a filmmaker whose other interest is finding a solution to wasteful and energy-consuming building materials has planted a eld of hemp and developed a cladding material from the byproduct.