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 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.
If you are prepared to compromise on a view and cross ventilation, an underground home may be a feasible option.
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.
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.
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!
I recently visited Hinze Dam Visitors Centre located in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Queensland. Designed by Architect Malcolm Middleton, composed of concrete and timber cladding and beautifully detailed, it sits seamlessly within its surrounding context. With beautifully landscaped surrounds it was a pleasure to experience and would recommend a visit. The coffee was great too!