2017 Houses Awards: Sustainability

Sustainability – joint winner Garden Pavilion by BLOXAS 2017 Houses Awards

Jury comment

The idea of “sustainability” reaches beyond environmental responsiveness into the realm of social sustainability. This relates to a project’s ability to acutely meet the needs of its clients, but also to the way that a design might provide the framework for new models of housing that could benefit a broader group of potential clients in similar circumstances.

In the case of the Garden Pavilion by BLOXAS, an individual’s sleep condition is addressed without compromising the clients’ desire for a highly activated, social environment. Collaborating closely with the client and other consultants, BLOXAS has initiated extensive research and investigation to understand how the design of a home might improve quality of life for someone who suffers chronically. Requirements regarding acoustics, isolation and other specific needs are catered for within a delightful garden pavilion that belies its complexity.

Although this house is designed to suit a specific client, it belongs within a broader conversation and investigation relating to the way architects can improve living conditions for people with disabilities, chronic illness or other challenges that affect day-to-day life. Considered as a “live project,” Garden Pavilion will be monitored by the client and architect on an ongoing basis.

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

Award for Sustainability is supported by Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia.

Read Mark Scruby’s review of Garden Pavilion here.

Products and materials

Lysaght Custom Orb in galvanized Zincalume.
External walls
Austral Masonry Southern Smooth blockwork; Western red cedar charred on site, from Tilling Timber.
Internal walls
Western red cedar in black stain, from Tilling Timber; plasterboard in Dulux ‘Natural White’.
Windows and doors
Aplo Facade Solutions steel windows in micaceous iron oxide finish; Jag Windows aluminium windows.
Insulated concrete slab with clear satin finish; spotted gum floorboards; Bespoke Tile ad Stone by Earp Bros Casa encaustic tiles.
Litech LED downlights, exterior spot lights and Mosta wall lights in black, all from Studio Italia; Ross Gardam Polar, Ora and Silhouette desk lamps.
Sirius undermount rangehood; Fisher and Paykel oven; Fagor induction cooktop; Caesarstone benchtop in ‘Pure White’; Franke sink; Miele dishwasher; Western red cedar joinery in black stain by SGE Precision Joinery.
Gala Fedra Max bath; Mizu Bliss bath mixer and tapware and Posh Domaine shower head, all from Reece; Jika toilet; custom vanity by SGE Precision Joinery.
Heating and cooling
Hydronic heating fitted by G.P Davis Plumbing and Gasfitting; Sanden heat pump system.
Furniture from Mark Tuckey; Ross Gardam Tailored 21 table and Duet stools; Alex Earl sound system.


Fitzroy North, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Project Team
Anthony Clarke, Joseph Gauci-Seddon
Builder Zachary Spark Constructions
Engineer Marcon Tedesco O’Neill
Site details
Location Melbourne,  Vic,  Australia
Site type Suburban
Site area 420 m2
Building area 148 m2
Category Residential
Type Alts and adds, New house, Residential
Project Details
Status Built
Design, documentation 10 months
Construction 10 months



Published online: 4 Aug 2017
Images: Peter Bennetts


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