Sustainability – joint winner
Garden Pavilion by BLOXAS
2017 Houses Awards
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.