Great effort and restraint have been practised in this outdoor environment, from the complete regeneration and rehabilitation of a bushland setting with endemic species to the experimental bio-pool that required extensive research and commitment.
A microclimate was created with a sensitive hand, demonstrating that a small outdoor project can impact significantly on the natural environment. This project is an exemplar for all the community – it advocates an approach to design and the environment that is accessible and does not rely on high technology, and it embraces an attitude that is distinctly Australian. With a sensitive hand and mind we can have our piece of nature, preserve it and share it with others.
The riverbanks have been stabilized and the fauna returned to a familiar and safe environment. The garden is watered naturally by rain and the pool is serviced by solar tubing and power offset by photovoltaic cells. This is a rare project that generously offers an authentic approach to celebrating and preserving our natural ecosystem. It achieves this to the benefit of surrounding properties that now enjoy a small fragment of the Australian bush.
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Award for Sustainability is supported by Knauf.
- Kennedy Nolan Architects
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
- Project Team
- Patrick Kennedy, Rachel Nolan
- Site details
Category Residential buildings
Type Houses, Outdoor / gardens, Residential
- Project Details
Published online: 22 Jul 2016
Images: Derek Swalwell
Houses, July 2016