Florence Street, Brunswick, Australia – Breathe Architecture
In a breakthrough planning decision, the development has no provision for car parks. Instead, there are 65 bike spaces and a GoGet car is available less than a minute’s walk from the development.
With extensive shopping facilities within easy walking distance and an adjacent railway station connecting directly to the CBD – which is just six kilometres (four miles) distant, owners clearly see little need for vehicle ownership.
Other appealing eco features include:
- A roof-top vegetable garden
- Double-glazed, thermally broken windows and balcony doors throughout the building
- Timber flooring and feature walls from salvaged timber
- Exposed concrete ceilings and structural columns to provide thermal mass which, along with extra insulation and ceiling fans, ensures that no air-conditioning is required in the apartments
- Raw and toxic free finishes to tapware, door handles and joinery ensuring that the indoor air quality is as optimal as possible for residents.
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