For Sanctuary Design founder Fiona Gibson, sustainability is at the heart of her practice. She loves working with renovations to resolve spatial and functional issues, making houses into homes within an existing footprint. When it’s a new build on the table, passive house principles come to the fore. The team’s goal is to tread lightly on the earth to which they feel so connected.
The underlying ethos of Sanctuary Design is to work with nature, not against it. This is hardly surprising given the talented women that make up the Sanctuary Design team were all drawn to the Northern Rivers region by its beautiful green landscape and perfect climate. Since forming in 2018, Sanctuary Design has developed a renovation, extension and new build portfolio based on simple, elegant, functional and environmentally responsible design.
As an extension of this ethos Sanctuary Design has partnered with Fifteen Trees to plant 30 trees for every renovation. So far this season Sanctuary has planted trees with the help of the tree planting crew at Grow West in Kel Shields Flora Reserve, Bacchus Marsh for four of its discerning clients: Spencer and Adriana O’Driscoll, Rebecca Hagenbusch, Seana Ryan and Adam Norton, and Oriel Paterson and Drew Minton.
These 120 trees have been planted to help regenerate ecologically fragile landscapes. As Sanctuary’s clients settle into their new spaces, the seedlings will be settling into theirs. The idea of home means so much more than bricks and mortar. It’s about creating a space that is fit for purpose, that allows growth, promotes joy, and works harmoniously with its surrounding environment. This is what we want for the planet, and it’s the same thing good building design – like Sanctuary Design – wants for people.
At Sanctuary Design Studio we care about the impact of our projects on our planet, which is why we partner with Fifteen Trees to reduce the carbon footprint of each of our projects.
Along with passive design and selection of environmentally friendly materials, this one more way we’re making a positive impact on our beautiful planet.
Fiona Gibson | Founder | Sanctuary Design
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