What will the homes of the future look like? We’ve already seen the sharing economy explode in Australia, thanks to GoGet, Airbnb and Open Shed, but given our population is tipped to double in the next 50 years, who’s pushing the boundaries of the way we live tomorrow? Here are five of the best doing it right now:
By Annie Reid
1. Nightingale 1, Brunswick
From the clever folk who brought us The Commons prototype, Nightingale Housing introduces us to Nightingale 1 – a multi-residential apartment complex that’s environmentally sustainable, financially affordable and socially inclusive. Due for completion in November 2017, Nightingale 1 will have a strong focus on fostering the best wellbeing outcomes for its occupiers and the surrounding community. The 20 high quality homes are designed with an average star rating of 8.2 stars, a shared 18Kw solar array and the rooftop will include a lush community garden. Nightingale Housing has partnered with Breathe Architects to deliver the model in the heart of Melbourne’s Brunswick, with a number of other developments in the pipeline.
With its Carbon Positive House (CPH) architectural designs, Archiblox aims to make a positive contribution to the environment without comprising aesthetics or comfort. Its first design was installed right in Melbourne’s CBD, and as the world’s first carbon positive prefabricated house the model goes beyond carbon zero as each house produces more energy on-site than the building requires. Rather than use our earth’s limited resources, Archiblox’s CPHs include features such as in-ground tubes that help with the cooling, sliding edible garden walls to block sun penetration and an airtight building envelope. Of course, they’re built with healthy and sustainable building materials too.
3. Dakini Hideaways – Bill’s Boathouse II
Feeling like you could use a relaxing holiday? Chris Clarke, owner of Swale Modular Homes, created Dakini Holidays to link ecological innovation with boathouse eco-tourism. Bill’s Boathouse II is part of the Dakini fleet and is permanently moored on the Murray River in South Australia. The boathouse is a fully self-contained space complete with a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, living space, desk, two kayaks, a hot tub and a fire pit. Each boathouse is built with a sustainable focus using raw materials, green products and materials that add to the environment, rather than take away from it.
4. She Sheds
Women have taken the man cave a step further with the creation of She Sheds; a Zen space for both work and play. A successful example belongs to Vanessa Cribb, high-end commercial interior stylist, who engaged Marc & Co Architects to create the perfect She Shed for her to use as a workspace. The design won the prestigious Hayes & Scott Award for Small Project Architecture at the 2017 Queensland State Architecture Awards. Compatible with its jungle garden surrounds, the She Shed has darkly painted zig-zag cladding and high and low internal windows with landscape views, creating a unique and light-filled office – and a very short commute.
5. The New Joneses’
The New Joneses’ compact pop-up house sprang into action again this February in Federation Square, Melbourne. Open to visitors and onlookers, the pop-up aimed to inspire and educate people to make wiser choices when it comes to living not just beyond eco homes, but towards thinking about future homes. As a result, living like The New Joneses’ means implementing more sustainable practices within the home through innovative design and practical approaches. Now, many like-minded businesses have partnered with The New Joneses to encourage more people to make mindful decisions and purchases in their everyday lives.
About the Author: Annie Reid
Annie Reid is a qualified journalist, professional copywriter and published author with a passion for everything bricks and mortar. For many years, she’s written thousand of stories for newspapers, magazines and clients around the world. Somewhere between the heady buzz of headlines and deadlines, she discovered a niche for creating tailor made content for the property, real estate, architecture and design industries. Annie holds a Bachelor of Arts and is currently studying a Masters in Publishing and Communications, both from the University of Melbourne.