Urban Sanctuary

The New Domestic Outdoors


Contemporary architecture that brings the outdoors in.


ISBN: 9781760760120 Category:

Anna Johnson, Richard Black


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 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.

Additional information

Weight 1680 g
Dimensions 23.7 x 29.7 cm
Publisher name Thames & Hudson Australia Pty Ltd
Publication date 1 October 2018
Number of pages 272
Format Hardback
Dimensions 23.7 x 29.7 cm
Weight 1680 g


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Richard Black is an associate professor with RMIT School of Architecture & Urban Design. His design practice, teaching and research activities explore overlaps and adjacencies between architecture and landscape. He is coauthor with Anna Johnson of Living in The Landscape published by Thames & Hudson 2016. Anna Johnson is a senior lecturer in architecture with RMIT School of Architecture & Urban design. Her research, teaching and design practice has been concerned with relationships of landscape, context and architecture, as well as in narrative and architecture. She is also an author of several books on Architecture including Living in The Landscape, coauthored with Richard Black and published by Thames & Hudson 2016.