NEWSLETTER: 28 NOVEMBER 2020

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The heart of the home.

Last month we spent a day at Bill and Anh's new home in Cottesloe, with Bo Wong doing her magic to capture what this new home tries to facilitate wherever possible: togetherness. Whether among family members or with neighbours on the street, the house was designed as, well... an embrace.

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New studio location.

Other news is that we've recently moved :) An opportunity to share a space with local artist, Ron Nyisztor, came up and we jumped at it. We loved our studio in the centre of Fremantle. However, we're even more excited about this new phase in the life of our practice. The building we occupy is a mid-century beauty - formerly the City of Melville Library - which now showcases local contemporary art. Drop by when you're next in the area :) 

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Congratulations Louise :)

We're very proud of Louise Allen for passing her Architectural Registration Exams earlier this month. She's now only a form away from completing her education and rightly being able to call herself an 'Architect' :)

An integral and valued member of our team since 2016, Louise makes an enormous contribution to our work on a daily basis. Well done, Louise!

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In 2020 we pledged to go carbon neutral in our operations. Following a carbon audit earlier this year, we've begun to offset more than our footprint to become carbon negative :) 

It sometimes feels like our efforts are a drop in the ocean. This may well be the case. But we aren't going to turn this ship around unless we all do our part. Earlier this year, we pledged along with other Architects Declare signatories to go carbon neutral by the end of 2020. We're really excited to announce that we've done that and even a bit more. We have partnered with Carbon Neutral to support a Wind Energy project in India to an extent that exceeds our actual footprint, making us carbon negative :-)

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Hempcrete.

We realise it's not enough to simply offset carbon emissions. Whilst we attempt to design all our projects to be climatically responsive, we understand that much of the damage is being done by the materials themselves -- their extraction, manufacturing and distribution processes. So, we have begun to explore alternatives. Whilst actively trying to reduce the amount of harmful materials in our projects, we're also looking at materials that actually make a contribution to the environment, both globally (carbon sequestration) and also locally (to indoor air quality, for example). One exciting such material is Hempcrete. Similar to rammed earth in the way of construction, Hempcrete offers a multitude of benefits -- high thermal insulation, regulation of internal moisture, breathable, sequesters carbon, is fireproof to name a few!

We're working with our clients and TALO Construction on a project in Beaconsfield at present and can't wait to see how it performs once finished in March next year.

Model of project below (by Kieran Murnane):

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Thanks for reading and wishing you the best for the rest of 2020!


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