Dion Seminara Architecture wins pioneering competition to solve $63bn problem
Mr Ian Agnew, Archicentre State Manager Queensland today announced that the LJ Hooker Flood Design Competition co-sponsored by LJ Hooker, The Future Housing Taskforce and Archicentre had been won by the Queensland-based Dion Seminara Architecture from twelve new designs by local residential architects. Mr Agnew said the unique architectural competition aimed at providing new designs for flood resistant homes highlighted the important and vital role of architects in solving a major problem of flood prone areas and housing affordability through innovative design.
"Given the number of homes at risk in this country, this is literally a $63bn problem," said L J Hooker CEO, L. Janusz Hooker, who was one of the judges, in addition to co-sponsoring the challenge. "The architects in this competition have set new standards in flood-safe home design." Up to $63bn of existing residential buildings, including as many as 247,600 individual buildings, are potentially at risk of inundation in Australia this century, according to ‘Climate Change Risks to Australia's Coast’, published by the Australian Department of Climate Change.
The winning concept home designed by Dion Seminara Architecture is to be built in a controlled environment, with the home being transported to the site in two parts and connected down the centre. This means the building construction can be controlled and cost limited where possible. Such an approach also allows for mass construction. Winning Architect Dion Seminara said: "One of the main aims of the design was to provide for an easy clean up after the flood with a flexible multipurpose use of the ground level for vehicles or storage. The concept home has a flood clearance level of 4.5m to the first floor."