Ashmore Duplex, Gold Coast

This duplex development I completed last year, in Ashmore on the Gold Coast, is currently under construction.

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Palm Beach Duplex, Gold Coast

This duplex development, in Palm Beach on the Gold Coast, should be starting construction in the near future. I designed this detached duplex for the clients so they could live in one and use the other residence as a rental property. The design in simple and modern with plenty of space for their growing family.

The project uses Colorbond Matt as a cladding material in Monument, as shown below. Hopefully, I will get around to taking some photos as the build progresses.

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.

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.

9 Amazing ways to use a shipping container

Shipping container guest house

Shipping containers can serve a number of architectural functions. When articulated effectively these simple structures can be transformed into exciting examples of architecture. From holiday homes to a kids cubby house, here are some examples of what can be achieved.

http://www.domain.com.au/advice/9-amazing-ways-to-use-shipping-containers-20150909-gjhlau/

Your Entire House Ikea: It is now possible

When you think of Ikea doing houses, the first thing that comes to mind is the flat pack of all flat packs. But, Ikea have developed a concept in conjunction with Sanska, a project development company, called BoKlok. The concept is based on providing affordable housing in the form of flats or terraced homes. You can even register for your flat at the local Ikea store. There are multiple designs, which they claim are spacious, sustainable and affordable. Not sure the concept as it is would work for the Australian lifestyle, but it will be interesting where the concept goes and if it does come to Australia in the future. One definite upside… it doesn’t come as a flat pack!

3 bedroom, 81 sq. m flat
3 bedroom, 81 sq. m flat

Älmhult block of flats
Älmhult block of flats

Flex block of flats
Flex block of flats

Flex 3 bedroom, 85 sq. m flat
Flex 3 bedroom, 85 sq. m flat

Möckeln terraced house
Möckeln terraced house

Terraced house – upper floor
Terraced house – ground floor

Terraced house – upper floor
Terraced house – upper floor