Cover art for Urban Sanctuary
Thames & Hudson, October 2018
Hardcover, 272 pages
29.7cm × 23.7cm × 3cm

Urban Sanctuary

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In today's fast-paced world, finding refuge from our busy lives is one of the most significant requirements for home. This refuge takes the form of rooms for rest, spaces for interacting with family and friends, as well as outdoor spaces. Urban Sanctuary showcases outstanding contemporary houses from Australia and New Zealand situated in urban contexts that explore and demonstrate new inventive ways of living with the outdoors.

Taking the form of vertical gardens, micro-green spaces, rooftop gardens, courtyards, borrowed landscapes and reworked traditional gardens, these projects reveal how a home can interact with garden spaces in whatever form they might take.

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The old suburban idea of a backyard entirely separate from the house on the block is diminishing as we build on smaller blocks. But we still like big houses on these smaller blocks, and this can lead to a fairly unsatisfactory outdoor space. Architects and designers are coming up with innovative solutions that make the outdoors an integral part of our living space. This beautiful book showcases some of the best work in this field by architects around Australia. There are also projects involving renovations, altering old houses so that they better connect the outside with the inside – including a feature on Perth architect Adrian Iredale’s own renovated and modified Mount Hawthorn home, a 1935 Queen Anne Federation home that now brings the outdoors in.Anyone thinking of building, or renovating, or even just redoing their outdoor area, will find this book a treasure trove of innovative ideas to make your living space a more pleasurable one.

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