Archive 2011

Featured Project - Flip Flop House

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Architect: Crosby Architects

Crosby Architects in association with Lifehouse Design recently won the inaugural Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) 10 Star Challenge.

The Flip Flop House will require no energy to heat or cool during normal day to day use throughout the year. The 10 Stars rating was awarded by the judges who found that installation of a solar power system will "flip" its energy bill upside down.

The house is designed on a modular system to reduce waste during construction. Standard building industry techniques are used along with commonly available materials to encourage use by the mass housing market. It is shaped to use as few materials as possible with their selection based on their sustainability credentials.

The house is also designed to satisfy different family requirements over its life; from parent retreat/home office at the front, kids at the back to granny flat at the rear, teenage apartment at the front, to a separate tenant at the front.

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The designers say the front and back can flip in use over time to sustain the building well into the future. It is also designed to enlarge with the extension of the first floor if needed.

The Building designers Association of Victoria stated: Lifehouse Design in collaboration with Crosby Architects and Lewin Consulting have ‘ticked the boxes' and given us a sophisticated, simple, elegant, house with a two-storey component. The modular wall treatments would facilitate minimisation of construction material waste and reduction of inefficient site labour process.