We post this listing in sombre return to a new year. Rosedale (NSW), as we’ve witnessed across the country is a town like many others – a relatively unknown coastal jewel, dotted with Mid-Century Modern beach houses bearing the brunt of climate change unpreparedness, the fruits of climate change inaction from a firm political foundation of climate change denial. And those with a progressive mindset have felt this devastation approaching, gnawing in our stomachs for a very long time. So what now? With rebuilding still far off what role does design philosophy play? For us – we’ll always believe and fight for that which Modernists championed: the utilisation of new technology combined with pragmatic and site-specific responses. So many ideas to be work shopped; is this the beginning of regional decentralised renewable power with battery storage to remove fire-starting power lines? Do we address comprehensively materials and design responses to homes, public buildings and civic planning? Perhaps a long-overdue deference to the ultimate power of nature and our role within it? Time will tell. In the meantime, fingers crossed this beauty (one amid thousands) made it through.
Update Reports suggest this home has survived the NYE fires, however it’s neighboring homes have not. The listing was taken down not long after we posted for clearly a number of reasons.