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.
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Award for Sustainability supported by Viridian.
- Sue Harper Architects
Narraweena, Sydney, NSW, Australia
- Project Team
- Sue Harper, Andy Irvine, Andy Lehman
First Light, Ian Bettinson
Builder Mooney Constructions
Cabinetmaker Scott Russell
Cushions Stitch Design
Engineer Max Irvine
Interior soft furnishings Hemp Gallery Australia
- Site details
Type New house, Residential
- Project Details