First of its kind - Archi­blox brings modular ar­chi­tec­ture to Bon­nie Doon

Mansfield Courier - - WHAT’S ON -

HID­DEN in Bon­nie Doon, there is a new build­ing that is quite dif­fer­ent to its pre­de­ces­sors.

Ac­quired in 1981, a lo­cal fami l y pur­chased t he l and with a con­sid­ered space in mind, one that would cap­ture the essence of the Aus­tralian land­scape and seren­ity of the area.

In­flu­enced by the Slow De­sign Move­ment, t he ‘ Bon­nie Doon House’, built by Archi­blox, is said to be de­signed to suit the lives of a multi­gen­er­a­tional fam­ily, in a way that is re­spect­ful of its en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact and nat­u­ral sur­round­ings.

The Slow De­sign Move­ment ap­par­ently recog­nises that in this fast- mov­ing world of t he 21st century, peo­ple need spa­ces that en­cour­age us to pause, be present and truly con­nect.

Slow De­sign is also sup­posed to take a long view re­gard­ing de­sign and con­struc­tion, be­liev­ing that build­ings should last hun­dreds of years and ben­e­fit the com­mon good.

Built from sus­tain­ably sourced Aus­tralian tim­bers, ‘Bon­nie Doon’ pays ode to its nat­u­ral land­scape.

The Vic­to­rian Ash board and bat­ten cladding and Tas­ma­nian Oak deck­ing will nat­u­rally weather with time, sil­ver­ing off to cre­ate a rus­ti­cated ef­fect.

This is jux­ta­posed against the ver­ti­cal Color­bond cor­ru­gated sheet cladding, to cre­ate con­trast of tex­ture and ma­te­ri­al­ity.

The space, clearly con­nected and syn­ony­mous with its en­vi­ron­ment, utilises nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and colour pal­ettes to com­pli­ment the sur­round­ing Aus­tralian bush­lands.

With a con­struc­tion method­ol­ogy to touch the earth lightly, the im­pact on lo­cal bio­di­ver­sity was min­imised by us­ing Archi­blox’s pre­fab­ri­ca­tion model; the home was con­structed in the Laver­ton fa­cil­ity and then trans­ported to site on a truck.

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