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3 Australian Designs for a Sustainable Future 

3 Australian Designs for a Sustainable Future 

When we talk about sustainable design, Singapore is often one of the first countries to get a mention with some recent large scale projects notable in their wider Asian context. Australia has long been known as a country of innovators and no more so than in this space of growing awareness, practice and ongoing commitment to find ways of positively impacting environment through thoughtful design. If companies like Bligh Graham Architects and Junglefy have any say, Australia’s homes and businesses will be leading the way towards a sustainable future: Increasingly shaped by multi-purpose homes that save space in the suburbs, carbon neutral towers to deal with population growth in the cities and green rooftops to bring nature back into the built environment.

Multi-purpose homes in the suburbs

The LiveWorkShare house in Samford Village is a great example of multi-purpose living in the suburbs. Designed by Bligh Graham Architects in 2020, it’s part family house, part corporate office, and part shared courtyard. 

The front entrance leads from the street to a self-contained house with its own terraces, private spaces, and family amenities. The back entrance leads to an office that’s comfortable for up to seven employees. Both sections converge on a central courtyard.

Sustainable mini-communities in the city 

One Central Park in Sydney provides a sustainable (and inspiring) way to deal with the problem of urban sprawl and population growth. Designed by Frasers Property and Sekisui House in 2013, it’s a mix of residential apartments and retail stores. 

Its most iconic features are the vertical gardens that stretch 50 meters down the building’s exterior. Made from thousands of plants, these gardens regulate indoor temperatures while giving the structure a unique (and internationally recognized) appearance. 

One Central Park also has a unique cantilever heliostat that takes sunlight in and reflects it down to the gardens, shops, and homes below. This greatly reduces electricity costs. The building even has a water-recycling plant in the basement that takes care of all its water needs.

Green rooftops 

The Orange Regional Museum in New South Wales integrates green design principles into a public building. Like the House of Parliament in Canberra, the museum has a green rooftop. 

Designed by Junglefy, the museum’s roof provides a relaxing space for museum-goers and the general public. Not only does it add beauty to the surrounding environment, but it also regulates temperature, saves energy, and purifies the air. 

If we wish to have a sustainable future, we can deepen our common understanding of the importance of carbon neutrality, follow the lead of innovative designers and develop a keen eye for multi-purpose homes, sustainable urban communities, and the multifold benefits of green spaces. 

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