Issue 79

Our lives have been altered over the last year and we have learnt to adjust to this new way of living. In our homes, the spaces we used for one activity may now accommodate multiple, kids may have returned home and our kitchens are a hive of activity. What we have noticed is that during this time of upheaval, a trend has emerged. People are looking for more exibility in the design of their homes; they are interested in homes that can adapt. That’s the theme of this issue.

Architects Austin Maynard were called on to rework an existing cottage and design a small secondary dwelling on a suburban block to enable a multi- generational arrangement with a shared library/dining hall/guest room and a large productive garden in-between.

In Tasmania, Plain Architecture’s family home has been able to adapt over time to a growing family. A wide corridor that runs the length of the house serves multiple purposes and joinery takes the place of walls for storage and activities. It’s a process of pushing and pulling, enabling growth and longevity.

Designed by Bligh Graham Architects to accommodate their of ce, extended family, guests and others, Live Work Share House in Queensland does just that. It’s a exible home and workspace for a range of scenarios.

The rich interior of a former smash repair building in inner-Sydney has been inspired by Japanese craftsmanship and ingenuity by Matt Elkan Architect. The internal spaces open and close, shifting and shaping for different uses. Finally, Splinter Society Architecture demonstrates its skills in the adaption of a bungalow in Melbourne’s south for greater ow and liveability.