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If House: A 1950’s Split Level Home with A New Wing and Early Modernist Architecture

If House is an award winner in Residential Architecture (Alterations & Additions) category from the Australian Institute of Architects ACT Chapter Awards 2016. Working together with Matrix Joinery and Country Builders, Ben Walker Architects designs a new wing at the back of this house and removes a previous, poorly considered addition. An early modernist architecture of this house is enhanced by its new rooms.

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Elm Grove House: Alterations and Additions to An Existing Red Brick Cottage with Sustainability Principles

Elm Grove House is a 2019 project of alterations and additions to an existing red brick cottage in O’Connor, Australia. Designed by Ben Walker Architects, this project also includes a connection to some elements and improved access to natural daylight based on the primary components of the client brief. With 249.0 m² in size, this cottage is also designed with a serious focus on solar passive and sustainability principles.

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ab House: A New 2 Storey Dwelling with A Projecting Series of Upper Floor Balconies

Working together with Ewer Construction and Matrix Joinery, Ben Walker Architects design this new 2 storey dwelling located in Canberra, Australia. ab House has a projecting series of upper floor balconies. These balconies can reflect the interior rooms’ hierarchy in this dwelling. The balconies also become awesome telescopes that can capture the beautiful mountain views.

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Empire House, Canberra: A Longterm Family Home with Two Added Pavilions and Contemporary Details

All house windows are double-glazed. The mechanical heating and cooling can be reduced with active management of shade and passive ventilation. The large water tanks are buried within the garden and all roof water is captured and reused to water the garden and flush the toilet. The real sustainability of this project comes from working and saving with the original build.

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Newry House: A Redesigned Family Home with Living Zone Reconfiguration within An Existing 90’s Shell

Newry House is lack of natural light. This problem is solved generally with some form of light well that opens to the sky with garden greenery at the base. There is no lightwell and ‘box’ in this house. The indoor garden is integrated within the house space and it is easily accessed beneath a glass roof, allowing for more natural lights. Instead of focusing on the conservatory idea, the architect comes with an idea of a glasshouse that brings the outdoors inside with a responsive sliding shade.

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Kiah House: A Weatherboard Cottage Addition with Two Separate Pieces of Architecture

All windows are double glazed while the green roof can provide additional insulation to help to maintain the constant temperature in the bedroom. The large water tank is used to capture roof water and reused to flush toilets and water the garden. The high-performance insulation is everywhere in the house, including in the walls of the original house. The roof is covered by solar panels with micro-inverters.

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RaeRae House: A New Five-Bedroom Family Home with A Glazed Entry and Contextual Roof Form

Sustainability is always at the very core of each project, including RaeRae House. This house is designed to be long-lasting and durable. The highly sustainable and high-quality materials are used for the whole area of the house. The slate roofing offers a robust surface without maintenance and with a long life span. This slate is a natural material that doesn’t go through a resource and carbon hungry manufacturing process. It can be un-nailed and re-used and it is not full of chemicals.