Change inspires | architecture and design

Change is as good as a vacation. When it comes to the places we live in, spaces sometimes need to be revitalized to bring them back to life. The purpose of the architect is to create spaces where we will thrive, and sometimes bringing about change can be a real inspiration.

The Single Dwelling (Change) category recognizes architects who submit projects where a Class 1A building has been expanded or altered. At least 50 percent of the original dwelling must be renovated as part of the category criteria, so it’s a lot to do with making a major change to the existing dwelling. The typical project covered by architecture and design is one that involves the renovation of an original building, whereby several architects acknowledge and respect the character of the dwelling, while converting it for its future use.

Above all, any modifications or additions must be sustainably completed. These are, after all, prizes for sustainability, and the change an architect makes to the dwelling has to be with the environment in mind.

The Light House designed by Alexander Symes Architect embodies the essence of sustainable change and was subsequently awarded the category winner in 2021. Introducing a rejuvenated home to his friends, the main summary of the project was to create a light, natural water-flooded family home with space to grow herbs and charge the electric car in the garage.

Symes has made a number of intrusions into the home to increase the amount of natural light. A new green roof has been created at street level, along with a new entrance to a bright, luminous home. Glass bricks were used in the construction of the borders, the introduction of skylights throughout the floor plate and windows evenly distributed along the shaded west elevation, all of which greatly improved the home’s stores of natural light. All timber in the existing dwelling has been reused or recycled adaptively and the main material leaving the site was concrete tiles that were recycled and reused on site.

Bondor is the proud sponsor of the Singles Dwelling (Change) category. By providing lightweight architectural and thermal building solutions to Australian projects, the company is intent on continually improving environmental and sustainable building practices.

Consistent with the values ​​of the single dwelling category (variation), Bondor insulated sandwich panels are fixed with a mixture of screws, nails and adhesives; It can be easily disassembled for reuse and rebuilding for other applications. The mastic and/or silicone sealants that hold the panels together can be easily removed, while the screws and nails securing the panels to steel struts and gaskets can be removed and reused on other construction sites.

The 2022 edition of the Sustainability Awards makes us continue the legacy, the longest running event of its kind. Submissions are now open We would love to see your submissions. Enter here.

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