Architecture Quote of the Day

Architecture is not about building the impossible, which we can do if we have enough money and enough tools and enough computers. It is about building what is appropriate and about attaining beauty through such an approach. I describe this premise as 'inherent buildability', and I believe it is central to what I do. http://www.azquotes.com/author/17296-Moshe_Safdie

Architecture is not about building the impossible, which we can do if we have enough money and enough tools and enough computers. It is about building what is appropriate and about attaining beauty through such an approach. I describe this premise as ‘inherent buildability’, and I believe it is central to what I do.

There are always limitations on design. Planning controls, site size, shape and slope, and building budget all impact on design. While it would be wonderful to be able to design without restrictions, architecture is all about being able to work within these limitations and still design something beautiful.

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Kedron House

Matthew Dean Architects specialises in the design of prestige modern homes. Here is another currently under way in Kedron, on the Brisbane’s north side. We’re looking forward to seeing this one come to life in 2017.

Kedron Residence 2

Kedron Residence 3

Kedron Residence 1

Kedron House

Southport Townhouse

Matthew Dean Architects has been busy designing a number of new projects, which we hope to post soon. Here are some images of a design for a proposed townhouse development in Southport, Queensland we recently completed.

 

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Underground Homes

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If you are prepared to compromise on a view and cross ventilation, an underground home may be a feasible option.

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On the up side, underground homes provide effective shelter from extremes of weather, resulting in a constant internal temperature all year round. Noisy neighbours would also be less of a problem as the sound insulation would be optimal.

If you think underground homes can’t be luxurious, take a look at these underground mansions in the UK.

Underground Homes

A $60k House

Trifecta diagram from http://60khouse.com.au/Designing a home on and within a budget is possible. When you design for the space you need not fort he space you want you will finish with a more economically efficient home. The use of furniture in plan early in the design stage will help maximise quality living space and minimise the circulation space. Andrew Kerr is a Tasmanian Architect and has set himself the challenge of designing and building a house for $60k. Here, he answers some questions posed by The Australian Institute of Architects: Interview with AIA and provides interesting reading.

Andrew documents the project from the very beginning at his blog http://60khouse.com.au/ and is worth a visit to see the project’s development.

A $60k House