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2017 National Architecture Awards: Sustainable Architecture Commendation

Gen Y Demonstration Housing Project by David Barr Architect Sustainable Architecture: National Commendation Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

This inventive scheme provides three modest one- bedroom units in an intriguing 3D puzzle of interlocking solids and voids. Won through a design competition for young architects, the design turns a small corner site to advantage, providing each of the units with its own street address and private open space. Passive solar principles contribute to the comfort of the occupants and sustainable technologies make the project 98 percent carbon-neutral over its lifetime, introducing an innovative strata agreement governing a shared photovoltaic with battery storage. The architect has invented a “micro apartment building,” a clever, convincing and affordable alternative to the detached family home.

For more coverage, read the project review by ArchitectureAU acting editor Linda Cheng from Houses 115.


David Barr Architect
Fremantle, WA, Australia
Project Team
David Barr, Stephen Hicks (project architects), Tom Smith, Jay Staples
Builder Perth Builders
ESD consultant eTool
Electrical consultant Best/Balance
Engineer Instruct Consulting Engineers
Hydraulic consultant Ionic
Landscape consultant Josh Byrne and Associates
Site details
Location Perth,  WA,  Australia
Site type Suburban
Category Residential buildings
Type Apartments, Residential
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 2 Nov 2017
Words: 2017 National Architecture Awards Jury
Images: Robert Frith


Architecture Australia, November 2017

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