The new Apartment Design Guide (ADG) and the revised SEPP 65 were officially launched on 17 July, 2015. Review of these planning guides is long overdue since the release of the original SEPP 65 and Residential Flat Design Code (RFDC) 13 years ago in 2002. The new guide is aimed to provide more clarity to both council and architects as well as developers with updated design quality principles to respond to contemporary issues . It also strengthen the requirements around design review panels to ensure quality development is proposed and built.
One of the key measures with this new guide is to add car parking to the non discretionary development standards. This means that there are now 3 matters covered by clause 30A of SEPP 65, where council has no ground to refuse an application if it meets the minimum requirements of CEILING HEIGHT, APARTMENT SIZE and CARPARKING. Read more…
As the cost of property and land has progressively risen across most capital cities (Especially in Sydney) and the demand of occupant is shifting towards smaller living spaces; the demand for duplex has recently gained momentum. For those who are not familiar with duplex development; a duplex property is effectively two adjoining properties occupying one block or plot of land sharing at least one common wall.
There are a number of reasons why people purchase or build a duplex. The units can be very spacious and are usually much bigger than the average apartment and duplex usually still has good sized private outdoor spaces. Another wonderful thing about a duplex development is that the build costs may not be that much more than building one larger house. However, the land cost is halved for each dwelling.
This is good alternative for those that want to live in a house rather than apartment but find that cost of house is out of budget. Duplex can also help home owner paying for part of the mortgage by renting the other half of the property out to others or for investors to rent or sell both out. Even though it is sharing at least a common wall, each unit of the duplex has its own entrance so privacy is never an issue.
With so many benefits associate to it, no wonder duplex development is set to significantly increase in numbers in 2014/15.
“CURSED BY SOUND. LIKED BY ARCHITECTS, LOVED BY NATURE.”
Finally, a building material that is created to fit aesthetic and functionality expectation and comes in line with sustainability. The wood wool acoustic panel is a new building material designed by Swedish design group Form Us With Love (http://www.baux.se/). The material is known as “material that breathes”, it is made from wood wool, cement and water, the combination of natural elements provide many functional characteristics such as sound absorbent, high moisture diffusion, low energy cost, less environmental impact along with its aesthetic appearance, making it the perfect sound insulation solution for residential, commercial or even public places.
The panel comes in 6 different shapes and a range of astonishing colors to choose from to create your own feature wall, your imagination is the only limit.
The little bay house is one of the recently completed luxury residential house project by Zouk Architects. The project went through complex analysis of the site environments and surroundings, controls and regulations from council as well as the Little Bay design committee. The shape and envelope of the house is naturally formed to complement its sloping site as well as making sure important issues such as privacy and views are well controlled, lighting and ventilation are met according to BASIX requirements.
The design of this coastal home in Little Bay is expressed in horizontal form with strong and minimal design connecting indoor and outdoor living spaces. It is solid and secure, “blocky” in relationship to the ground which is further emphasized with expressed slab/roof profile. Careful attention is put towards the form, variation in materials and color creates interesting juxtaposition of aesthetics variation of the development, without it becoming overbearing or out of context.
A simple yet full of characteristic material, yes, it is the Ventilation Block; it is also known as decorative block, breeze block, pattern block or screen wall block. This product has been in the market for more than 30 years and is making a comeback.
The breeze block is rich in texture and can be used both as interior and exterior feature wall to create a statement. The sample images shows how these blocks are creatively used within a space. Think about what you can do with in the garden, façade, as a room divider, planter, etc. The possibility is endless.
Aesthetically pleasing, easy to install and long lasting, our prediction is that this product is here to stay.