“The Queenslander house is a classic piece of Australian architectural design. With its distinctive timber and corrugated iron appearance, it breaks the monotony of the bland, master-planned display villages on the peripheries of our cities.
It’s also a great example of “vernacular architecture”, a term first coined by American writer/ architect Bernard Rudofsky in his 1964 book Architecture Without Architects. Vernacular architecture is best described as a traditional or indigenous type of architecture, one that has evolved over time in response to local climatic, environmental, building resources and cultural human needs. It is reflective of a very specific local context and is a functional and practical design response.
In Queensland, timber and iron vernacular houses emerged in the mid-19th century as a response by European migrants to the new subtropical climate. Wide verandas provided relief from the lengthy, hot summer days, punctuated by heavy afternoon downpours of rain. John Freeland, a former professor of architecture at UNSW describes the Queenslander as the closest Australia ever came to producing an indigenous style.”
I thought that those of you who live in our own special ‘Queenslander’ houses might like to see this. If you want to read more on what makes the ‘Queenslander’ house so unique, read this link….by Lindy Osborne, Lecturer in Architecture at Queensland University of Technology.
‘Sustainability’ is a contemporary phrase used with the best intentions to engender feelings of care for the limited resources of our tiny planet and to provide a decent life style for our future generations. The earth’s population continues to increase placing demand on food, energy and building supplies.
Experts tell us the earth is already in trouble from global warming – which will lead to rapid changes in extreme weather events, rising sea levels and production of food. Extrapolate out, say a couple of hundred years, and it is difficult to imagine an earth that is habitable without sustainable food production.
We all need to play our part in putting on the brakes. Every little saving in energy production will contribute to making life for our future generations no worse than how it was given to us. That is the essence of the meaning of ‘sustainability’.
It is only in the last fifty years that we have had an idea that unimpeded energy consumption can damage our environment and only in the last twenty that we have had the science to back it up – yet we are still only tinkering at the edges to make real changes and politicians are not yet brave enough to lead the way as we need them to. At the moment it is left to the individual to do what they can to avoid looming global disaster.
In the next blog I will discuss how we can build sustainably to contribute to saving energy in the houses we build and live in.
While the ‘Great Australian Dream’ is owning a property, building or personalizing your home is the next level of endeavour. With the help of an architect, the complex processes involved from inception to completion can be made so much easier. When it comes time to sell your home, all the hard work and expertise poured into your project by your architect will add value to your biggest investment. It will stand out from your competitors and be in demand. Most importantly though, the uplifting emotional value of living within a well designed, creative and elegant space is priceless.
Architects consult with various stakeholders involved in the building process. We coordinate the various other consultants that are needed such as structural engineers, building certifiers and sometimes, town planners and surveyors.
Architects have 5 years intensive university design training. In the design process, we respond to the chosen site and setting, orientation, climate (light, breezes, humidity and temperature range), views, topography and neighbourhood. We can also help secure building and town planning approvals, find reputable builders, choose an equitable building contract and administer that contract to better protect our client from cost overrun, quality control and time control. We ensure that the design is being built in the most thorough and proper way, keeping the clients’ best interest in mind.
Always, foremost are our clients who are building their dream. The benefits of having an architect involved with your project are significant and will provide a brilliant and beautiful outcome.