Aston Reshuffle | Light House Architecture & Science

Aston Reshuffle | Light House Architecture & Science | Photographer: Ben King

2023 National Architecture Awards Program

Aston Reshuffle | Light House Architecture & Science

Traditional Land Owners
Ngunnawal people
Year
2023
Chapter

Australian Capital Territory

Category
EmAGN Project Award
Residential Architecture – Houses (Alterations and Additions)
Sustainable Architecture
Builder
BGT Building
Photographer
Ben King
Project summary

Aston Reshuffle reinvigorates an ex-government home in a suburban area composed of similar houses. The reconfigured home incorporates passive solar design at its core to create an open living arrangement while maximising energy efficiency and solar access. All within the existing building footprint, minimising demolition and waste, and on a tight budget.

We salvaged a house considered a prime candidate for knock-down rebuild – a significant saving in money and resources, and a reduction in materials being sent to landfill. The project demonstrates the possibilities of existing homes and smaller budgets, when vision, building science and good design are combined.

“Our house is small but perfect for our family. Our living area keeps us close together but provides structure for separate activities. We can cook, play, work and relax together without falling over our toddler or each other. The windows make the house so much brighter and warmer in winter and there aren’t any dark areas to avoid. We love bringing veggies right from the garden into the kitchen or seeing our daughter run around outside through the kitchen window. In the evening and during toddler naps, we can close off the bedroom area to reduce noise from the lounge.”

Project Practice Team

Anthony Quach, Graduate of Architecture

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