A collaboration was formed between Summit Homes and Paradigm Architects with the intention to provide architectural housing models for the North West of Western Australia that was sustainable, affordable, accessible and importantly, commercially viable.
The design is based on a modularized construction approach that takes advantage of the economies and quality control of prefabrication, minimizing on site labour costs which is of particular advantage in regional areas with a rapidly expanding population and limited recourses. The dwellings proposed are intended to provide a sustainable design solution including response to local climate conditions, passive thermal design, sustainably sourced materials/ finishes and spatial/ planning qualities that enhance quality of living including a good connection to external living and garden spaces.
My role in this project included schematic design, design development and documentation of several of the nominated housing models. Direct consultation with the builders (Summit Group) and structural engineer as well as energy efficiency assessors was integral in order to address the cost and construction issues relating to prefabrication and rural building.