This renovation project in Campbell, ACT sits at an interesting intersection. A place where architects and clients find themselves challenged by more than just the ability to produce architecture on a limited and defined budget but having to balance financial and technical feasibility, capitalisation and lifestyle priorities; a place where early decisions are critical.

A quote from the clients in the initial briefing stages reflects some of their early expressed imperatives “The overall brief for the renovation is to create a new light filled, energy efficient house out of the existing residence, recycle and reuse as much of the shell of the original building to reduce the need for new materials. In addition the house needs to have low ongoing running costs to minimise impact on the environment and carbon emissions. It is important to the clients for the house to avoid emitting potentially toxic building VOCs as much as possible after completion”.

This is a great brief, but challenging. The clients did not want a large house, they wanted one that provided benefit not only for themselves but demonstrated an expression of lifestyle choices that contribute to the broader environment through design. Hopefully this has been achieved.

project credits
Design Architect: Tony Trobe
Project Architect/Draftsman: Tony Trobe
Interior design: KMD Interiors
Structural Consultant: Northrop
Builder: PProstyle
Photographer: Tony Trobe

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