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Northcote Flexible House

"The design is important to sustainable architectural practice, as it demonstrates that a well designed, sustainable, modern family home is achievable in inner city suburbs, within the constraints of a family budget, planning regulations, a heritage overlay, and limited site size" say Zen Architects, designers of the Northcote Flexible House.

By: Zen Architects

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Lighting at night assists to blend the outdoor and indoor areas.

Project details

  • Project Name: Northcote Flexible House
  • Clients: Jeremy and Kim
  • Project Type: Renovation and extension
  • Principal Designer/s: Zen Architects
  • Design Team: Shae Parker and Ric Zen
  • Contractor/s: Rex Building
  • Date of commencement of project: April 2006
  • Date of completion of project: December 2006
  • Location of site: Melbourne, Australia
  • Site Area: 379 square meters
  • Building footprint area: 187 square meters + decks and sheds
  • Cost of Construction/Execution: $ 385,000

The project is an alteration and extension to a family home. A solution was presented that met the client brief while suggesting an alternative to the traditional way a family home might be operated and inhabited.

The design is important to sustainable architectural practice, as it demonstrates that a well designed, sustainable, modern family home is achievable in inner city suburbs, within the constraints of a family budget, planning regulations, a heritage overlay, and limited site size.

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