What Works, Why?

Borneo Sporenburg in Amsterdam where high density doesn’t mean high rise.

The buildings are unique and built by different owners/developers,

St Killda Junction, where high rise is not just grey and white. The cantilevered floors break up sheer visual mass.  Softer coloured cladding toward the top of the building helps it fade into the background.  The height of the building is not overshadowing much other than the open road junction.
















Featured on Grand Designs and House of the Year, this house is architect designed, low cost/affordable, (made from shipping containers) and sustainable.

It’s hard to believe this Grand Designs featured home is constructed out of four shipping containers.

Green walls and Vertical Gardens soften the hard visual mass and insulate the building.

The Bosco Vertical Forest, Milan. This idea can be used on low rise as well as high rise. As Darebin is one of the highest heat stressed cities in Australia we need to think of more imaginative ways to find places for tree planting.

Clay Field is a development of affordable housing in the village of Elmswell. A partnership between Suffolk Preservation Society, Mid Suffolk District Council, Orwell Housing Association and Elmswell Parish Council and built by local contractor Seamans Building. The scheme was the result of a RIBA design competition and achieves Eco Homes Excellent rating. The concept was to provide exemplar affordable homes which were designed to be energy efficient and sustainable, have a high design quality and provide positive public and private spaces.