2016 National Architecture Awards: Sustainable Architecture Commendation

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Project Zero by BVN.

Project Zero by BVN. Image: Christopher Frederick Jones

Project Zero by BVN
Sustainable Architecture: National Commendation
Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

Both a new home and a significant alteration to an original structure, this Brisbane house is commendable for its thoughtful commitment to sustainability principles within a suburban setting. The existing house, which was originally positioned in the centre of this double block, has been retained and shifted to the back of the property. The new extension is built adjacent to the old home, forming an L-shape configuration, providing protection from the western sun and also separating the sleeping and living quarters. At the centre is a covered outdoor lounge and a grassed front yard, plus vegetable garden, chookhouse and composting. Sustainability goals are considered throughout and are at the heart of the project. The use of reclaimed building materials, on-site water treatment and solar energy initiatives, combined with warm and inviting spaces, makes Project Zero feel like a positive environment for a young family who can grow with their home.

Read the project review by Margie Fraser from Houses 106.

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