The Briggs and Jackomos residences, which offer students low-cost housing funded through the National Rental and Affordability Scheme, have achieved a Green Star – Multi Unit Residential As Built v1 rating. The residences are the first Australian university residences to do so.
Designed in conjunction with BVN Architecture, the site comprises two five-storey buildings, each housing 300 students. Sustainable features on the project include a greywater treatment facility and a 150,000 litre water storage facility that blends greywater and rainwater, a 153 kw photovoltaic system – the largest residential solar installation in Australia – and productive garden beds and orchards that enable the students to harvest their own food.
The project team also ensured that environmental impacts were minimised through modularising and prefabricating where possible, and by sourcing environmentally sustainable materials. “Incorporating innovative solutions, such as trickle ventilators to increase the provision of outside air to the dwellings, was an important factor in achieving a synergy between a Green Star rating and affordable housing,” Emmanuelle Delomenede, ESD consultant at Norman Disney & Young, comments.
Renowned UK-based magazine Building Design (BD) has released the results of their World Architecture 100 List, a compilation of the world’s largest architecture practices, ranking award-winning Australian firm Woods Bagot 17th in the world.
The firm outranked strong Australian rivals further down the list, including Hassell (31), Cox Architecture (39) and HBO+EMTB (42). Woods Bagot’s ranking places it as the top firm with Australian origins in the global report.
BD’s annual compilation is a survey of approximately 1,400 global architectural practices and overall rankings are based on each firm’s size and income in addition to their sector, expertise and global and regional architectural presence.
Along with the directory listings of the top 100 architectural firms, the BD report includes detailed research of emerging international trends including growth sectors and the leading countries experiencing architecture success. Data for the report is collected in October each year by UK communications agency Camargue.
Woods Bagot secured its ranking with the firm employing over 565 fee-earning architects and reporting earnings of over $130 million in annual income. The practice did slip from 14th place in the previous year’s list but still managed to stay ahead of other Australian firms.
Woods Bagot was founded from humble beginnings in Adelaide in 1905 and now boasts over 700 staff across five regions. Last year, the firm increased its number of studios from 14 to 15 with a new studio in Los Angeles further strengthening its global studio status.
Woods Bagot also launched a new Sports architectural sector to contribute to its existing sectors, which include Education, Health, Lifestyle, Science and Workplace.
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