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Melbourne Vernacular

Architect: Altereco

City of Maribyrnong | R13

A collaboration between sustainability consultants Melbourne Vernacular and AlterEco Design, the project’s goal was to spark conversations that accelerate the uptake of sustainable living. The design is uncompromising in style and environmental credentials proving that sustainable housing is worthy of mass adoption. It’s most popular aesthetic features also responsible for it sustainable performance. A beautiful recycled brick feature wall absorbs winter sun to heat the home passively. Radiant panels, heated by solar powered heat pump hydronics, blend seamlessly into the residences period details. The charming green roof, together with double-glazed highlight windows, offer northern sunlight and glimpses of native plants throughout the home. It also provides additional outdoor space on the tight inner-city block while providing insulation, reducing storm water run-off and attracting biodiversity. The project was made possible by some amazing local partners including; Alternative Technology Association, Wood Melbourne, Grüen Eco Design, EcoMad, Cantilever Interiors, Enviro Friendly Plumbing, ElecForce, Bank Australia and eColour Paints.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 10am - 2pm - Booking required for this building

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Special Note: Shoes off at the door

  • Tour Type: R13

  • Tour Details: First release Friday 13 July 8.30am until booked out, second release Friday 20 July 8.30am until booked out, small booking fee applies. Tours at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, running for 45 minutes, in groups of 20

  • Access: Limited mobility

  • Building Type: Residential

  • Special Programming: Tours will be followed by a presentation and Q&A with Melbourne Vernacular. They will cover the importance of sustainable residential architecture, walkability, green roofs, renewable energy and smart technology.

  • Year Built: 2017

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  • Transport: Yarraville train Station: Werribee and Williamstown lines

  • Photo Credit: Nikole Ramsay


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