Issue 86

In this, our annual Bush Architecture issue, we look at five houses in the bush, on the coastline and on ex-farmland. Each had its own particular challenge that comes with building outside of urban areas.

In a fragile coastal environment, when efforts to preserve failed, architects Kennedy Nolan instead sought to remember a much-loved old house and at the same time enhance the connection to the surrounding vegetation via a green-roof with plants of great diversity.

A simple, affordable and sustainable solution was what Peter Stutchbury Architecture were striving for in their development of a prefabricated home with Dimensions X.

Similarly, budget and sustainability were the drivers for Imogen Puller Architecture in the design of a 30-square-metre shack on a site with BAL Flame Zone classification.

Meanwhile, on ex-farmland in Tasmania’s north, Cumulus Studio’s challenge was to use design to tackle issues with wind, whilst not blocking views.

For architect Matthew Eagle it was site impact, material usage and energy consumption that were front of mind when he set about designing a house in an eco-village in Queensland.