Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Follow Three Ls of Reincarnation; If You're Building, Plan for Long-Life, Adaptable Housing

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Follow Three Ls of Reincarnation; If You're Building, Plan for Long-Life, Adaptable Housing

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Byline: Michael Green

NOT long after completing his architecture degree in 2007, Mathieu Gallois went on holiday to Lorne in Victoria.

He stayed in a friend's C[pounds sterling]big block boxC[yen].

C[pounds sterling]I was struck how this home was contrary to everything we'd been taught about how to build a good sustainable house,C[yen] Mr Gallois recalled.

C[pounds sterling]I was thinking, Cywhat do you do with homes like this?'C[yen]

His answer was Reincarnated McMansion, a mix of architecture and art project, designed to challenge the way we think about our energy-sapping dwellings.

C[pounds sterling]Our proposal is to get a large, unsustainable house, take it apart and reuse the great majority of the materials to build two or three best-practice, zero-emission homes on the same site,C[yen] Mr Gallois said.

The project would also deconstruct the notion of a housing shortage in Australian cities.

C[pounds sterling]Our new homes are three times as big as new homes in the UK,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]There's plenty of room for everybody.

C[pounds sterling]It's just that we're electing to live in bigger and bigger homes with fewer people in them.C[yen]

Based in Sydney, Mr Gallois and his team hoped to secure funding in the coming months.

As well as making a point, the scheme should turn a profit: Once constructed and displayed, the reincarnations would be sold.

While the designs would depend on the site, one key strategy would be to crush the old dwelling's brick veneer and convert it into a type of rammed-earth interior wall, for thermal mass.

C[pounds sterling]All those materials we associate with suburbia Co concrete, terracotta tiles and red bricks Co will be visible in the Reincarnated McMansions,C[yen] he said.

The project would embrace a concept of green design championed by one of its members, architect Tone Wheeler, from Environa Studio. …

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