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2013 Houses Awards: Sustainability

Sustainability Mihaus Studio by Sue Harper Architects Houses Awards

Jury comment

Sustainability can be assessed at many levels but essentially, unless it underpins the design as a whole, it simply becomes an “add-on.” The prefabricated and flexible Mihaus is in the tradition of modular buildings that can function as stand-alone structures or form additions to existing structures.

In this instance, refinement and a remarkably light structural system define the level at which the architect has developed this system. Standardization characterizes a good modular system, and here the “kit of parts” contributes to cost deductions with no negative impact on the architecture. Infill modules are beautifully selected and managed.

In a world where oversized has overtaken common sense, it is reassuring to see a commitment to the controlled use of resources in a residence that is aesthetically pleasing, easily assembled and flexible enough to accommodate a variety of circumstances.

Mihaus consolidates and redefines cost-efficient modular construction at a level that is accessible to the public.

See full image galleries of all the winning and shortlisted projects here.

Award for Sustainability supported by Viridian.

Credits

Architect
Sue Harper Architects
Narraweena, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Project Team
Sue Harper, Andy Irvine, Andy Lehman
Consultants
Artworks First Light, Ian Bettinson
Builder Mooney Constructions
Cabinetmaker Scott Russell
Cushions Stitch Design
Engineer Max Irvine
Interior soft furnishings Hemp Gallery Australia
Site details
Location Sydney,  NSW,  Australia
Category Residential buildings
Type Houses, Residential
Project Details
Status Built

Source

Award

Published online: 25 Jul 2013
Images: Michael Nicholson

Issue

Houses, August 2013

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