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Ecohouse, Inner Brisbane, Australia

Friday 09 Apr 2010

Recombinant House

Ecohouse by Riddel Architecture in Inner Brisbane, Australia
Christopher Frederick Jones 
Ecohouse by Riddel Architecture in Inner Brisbane, Australia Ecohouse by Riddel Architecture in Inner Brisbane, Australia Ecohouse by Riddel Architecture in Inner Brisbane, Australia Ecohouse by Riddel Architecture in Inner Brisbane, Australia
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29/04/10 Megan, Brisbane
Check out the blog for more information on the Ecohouse - it was written by the architect and details the entire process from start to finish.

29/04/10 Sara, Portugal
@Dwayne & @LC - you can see the whole recycling process and more here - http://www.hillendeco.blogspot.com/ - i hope you'll see this comment and that it'll be useful (:
28/04/10 Megan, Brisbane
For those interested in finding out more on the Ecohouse - the architect's blog is:
http://www.hillendeco.blogspot.com/ - it covers the whole process from start to finish.
20/04/10 Dwayne, Paducah, KY
I'd be interested to see a photo of the house that was replaced and an itemized list of house the existing house was reused. Looking at the photos, I see all new materials. Where are the old windows for instance or how were they repurposed? How was the old plaster reused? A story about recycling an old house should have more info about the actual recycling.
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20/04/10 Iva, Sydney
Fantastic it's a gem. Warm & Friendly approach. Perhaps also big enough
for most families. If only the children & adults spent less time indoors.
( computer games etc ). They would IF the general outdoors & parks were Safe Places to go to Play & Enjoy, for all generations of society especially the young & elderly.
So much for our progress when basic freedoms are eroded & expolited
to give way to criminals. That is one major reason homes are bigger &
new suburbia built in getto style estates with gates. Obviously the good
citized is being locked in, while the criminal is left to loiter, abuse & feel free
to roam for their next criminal act.
Architects, Designers etc. should have a strong voice & say that supports
all sectors of our community & family values to help our societies to come
out of buildings & make better use of outdoors ( everywhere ) & thus help reduce our energy needs & global footprint. It would help deliver community
cooperation & communication for all generations to enjoy. So many would
spend more time outdoors if only they were provided with aquality & safety
in public spaces. Thus it would help reduce the need for larger size homes,
business premises etc. Especially for the lower & middle income levels
of buiness & families in our society.
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20/04/10 LC, San Francisco, CA
@Dwayne I would like more information about what was reused, as well. The intro paragraph is deceiving. It implies that the house was made almost entirely from the previous house with no new materials. What seems more accurate is that 95% of the previous house was reused in the new construction.
20/04/10 James, london
I love the timber pendant in the hallway, anyone know where I could get one?

Riddel Architecture completes self-sufficient ecohouse 

Like magic, Riddle Architecture has built a new modern eco-house in Queensland almost entirely from the 19th century house it replaced. The only waste that resulted was two small skips of non-reusable materials, representing 5% of the original structure.

Situated in Hill End, Inner Brisbane, the three-storey house relates to the subtropical Australian climate with openings maximised to capture cool breezes, sun and daylight. The house is in two halves, connected by the striking gallery breezeway, which acts as a funnel for fresh air. Large windows throughout provide views of the surrounding river landscape whilst reducing the need for artificial light.

The house is fully self-sufficient in both water and power heating is provided naturally to the well-insulated house by solar gain captured in concrete floors. A simple gas fire provides winter heating to the southern living spaces, where solar heating is not possible. 60,000 liters of rainwater storage supplies the entire house and garden. Exterior awnings and window treatments modulate light and heat from the sun.

The building is sited within a lush landscape with many spaces opening onto terraces and balconies.

Sharon McHugh
US Correspondent

Riddel Architecture
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