Much like the ancient Egyptians did, Australians worship the sun. It might not be a holy devotion in our case, but there’s still an attachment that, in turn, is reflected in our homes.
The houses featured in this book are intelligent examples of designing around light – whether it be working with the sun to create homes that reduce energy or brightening up a dark interior. Arranged in order of latitude, the houses show how designs change in accordance with climate. Starting in northern Queensland, where large, covered outdoor areas and indoor light are common threads, the book works its way down to Tasmania and New Zealand, where the sun is welcomed and the architecture is more open.
By Stuart Harrison, (Thames & Hudson, 2010), pp 272, rrp $69.95.