Sustainability and sophistication all in the same breath
Living off the grid is now becoming recognised as a high value proposition for properties, obviously in reduced running costs, but recognised in terms of high re-sale values that, just a few years ago were not.
Wolveridge Architects are interested in creating not just rural off grid environments, but urban off grid environments – for the workplace as well as the home.
Hill Plains Cottage
The entire property has no grid connected services. All the services run off solar panels with backup batteries. The building has achieved an 8 star energy rating. The spaces are compact. In the winter, the cottage is very easy to heat via slow combustion wood fire and a high bank of thermal mass. The main windows face northwest, shaded by the roof overhang in the warmer months. In the winter, afternoon sun sets perpendicular to the living space, overlooking the pool.
East Melbourne Terrace House
A key component of this project included the means to address the ordinary previous redevelopment that comprised unprotected west facing living windows. As the budget did not contemplate a rebuild of this part of the dwelling, our concept sought to construct a façade screen with eventual planting to shield the home from the hot summer afternoon sun. The proportions of the screen were informed by the high parapet and cornice elements that exist at the street frontage of this grand old terrace home
This adaptive reuse project conversion of an old CSIRO document storage facility and printing library witnessed minimal intervention of the original 60’s brutalist concrete frame. Having undergone commercial uses since its original purpose built construction, Building No. 2 was a project that sought to maximise potential with minimal change scope. Using forested birch plywood sheeting, a material commonly used in the 60’s to identify the new work, additional partitions and work spaces were created for the popular co-working space.
Sustainability focused projects
Supporting Nightingale Apartments
Wolveridge Architects were proud to participate as a financial investor in Nightingale 1, by Breathe Architecture which was completed in late 2017.
The Nightingale model is a triple bottom line development, where homes are environmentally, socially and financially sustainable. The goal of Nightingale is to provide quality housing at an affordable price by simplifying both the development process and the building itself.
Wolveridge Architects obtained their license to design their own Nightingale Project late in 2017 and, following a busy year, we are actively looking for sites. If you are interested in being part of our Nightingale project Please contact us here
For more information about Nightingale projects, please visit the NG website www.nightingalehousing.org