2017 National Architecture Awards: Sustainable Architecture Commendation

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Gen Y Demonstration Housing Project by David Barr Architect.

Gen Y Demonstration Housing Project by David Barr Architect. Image: Robert Frith

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.


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