Sustainable homes that reflect their surroundings

Kerry Boettcher
Wednesday 20 May 2015

Bates Smart have designed a unique multi-residential project for Defence Housing Australia (DHA), which reflects its unique relationship with its bush land context

The DHA complex is exemplary of how to build functional, energy efficient, beautiful and marketable homes. The architects have taken a new approach to designing multi-residential buildings which reflects its landscape and has sustainability at its heart. 

Designed in a ‘treehouse’ style, the dual-aspect, single-level apartments are suspended over sandstone cuttings and appear to float amongst the tree tops. Their contemporary, sophisticated look and feel, along with their functionality and comfort, unusual for a multi-residential building, make them appealing to a very wide market. 

These apartments are also one of the first residential developments in NSW to undertake formal EnviroDevelopment accreditation, achieving the highest 6 leaves rating. 

The 2015 WAN Sustainable Buildings Award is now open for entries.

Kerry Boettcher

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