May 23, 2013
BARRETT HOUSE wins a Highly Commended
Barrett House wins a Highly Commended in the Randwick Council's Urban Design Award 2013.
Here is what Brian Zulaikha, the presentation judge, had to say about the house...
Barrett House was bequeathed to council by the estate of early Twentieth Century Australian filmmaker, Walter Franklyn Barrett (1873-1964), who originally occupied the premises. Barrett House is a facility shared by the three eastern Suburbs councils.
Council decided to continue the theme of creativity as exemplified by Barrett's pioneering filmmaking by catering for public demand to learn about technologies and design ideas they could employ at home to make their dwellings energy and water efficient and to use materials with few environmental health risks.
This is not a typical architectural project, not aiming for high-end design solutions, but has an amazing educational remit, purposed to make sustainability understandable, and within the grasp of the community.
Barrett house showcases an approach to ecologically sustainable urban development that engages with citizens. It focuses on clear, achievable educational content for workshops and courses — information and knowledge that there is evident demand for; it demonstrates to provide answers about water and energy harvesting, storage and use - for home food production; it strives to engage the community through shared facilities and provides workshops, courses and open days.
Congratulations Terry Bail, Steve Batley and the 3 Council project
Director of tonkin zulaikha greer architects
View the application details here.