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An Ode to Norwegian Roots: the Skigard Hytt

2020-05-22T16:46:46+00:00 May 22nd, 2020|Architecture, Design|

On a mountain peak in Norway's Kvitfjell – the same place that hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics – sits an incredible back-to-nature build by Mork Ulnes Architects. The Skigard Hytte hides amongst the snow and trees, an understated rectangular form at one with the landscape. Its facade is clad in the home's eponym, skiguard (often referred to as roundpole fence in English), an unbarked, quarter-cut tree log that is traditionally laid diagonally and used as fencing by Norwegian farmers to [...]

Building a Carbon-Neutral Home in 4 Steps

2020-05-20T10:33:04+00:00 May 20th, 2020|Architecture, Design, Modscape|

A carbon neutral (also known as ‘carbon zero or ‘zero emission’) home is self-sustaining house that creates the same amount of renewable energy that it expends, therefore creating zero carbon emissions. These carefully considered homes are not only good for the environment but are fantastic for your hip pocket, as they eliminate bills for electricity, gas and other household services. For some, the cost of building a carbon-neutral home may seem jarring as it does add to the project cost, [...]

How modular building is changing the future for healthcare

2020-04-23T12:32:32+00:00 April 23rd, 2020|Architecture, Design, Modscape|

Around the world, modular and prefab construction is on the rise, in particular within the healthcare industry. According to a study by McGraw Hill Construction, 49% of all healthcare projects utilise prefabrication1, up from 37% in 2011. So why are such incredible numbers of hospitals, aged care facilities and medical buildings embracing this way of building? Prefabrication – notably modular prefabrication – comes with many advantages for all sectors, including cost savings, significantly shortened construction schedules and minimised on-site disruption, [...]

Modular construction helps bushfire-affected communities rebuild

2020-04-16T15:37:06+00:00 April 16th, 2020|Architecture, Design, Modscape|

Above: Wye River project by Modscape: the home that survived a bushfire.   During Australia’s recent ‘black summer’, fires burnt an estimated 18.6 million hectares and destroyed close to 6,000 buildings. The toll on human and animal life was devastating, and communities, businesses and individuals were left wondering how to rebuild in the wake of such devastation. Following the necessary land and debris clearing, many are ready to begin the long process of building their lives back up again. However, [...]

This ex-display suite could be yours

2020-04-16T12:27:46+00:00 April 16th, 2020|Architecture, Design, Modscape, Sustainability|

Looking for a display suite? Our friends at Cbus Property no longer need theirs and don’t want it to go to waste, so it could be yours! To find out more about the building, contact Nick from Cbus Property on +61 409 514 752.   We built this project in 2018, complete with high-end fixtures and materials, including a solar panel system on the roof and many other extras. This modular building was used by Cbus Property as an on-site [...]

Modscape’s energy-efficient modular house in the New South Wales countryside

2020-04-15T12:00:53+00:00 April 15th, 2020|Architecture, Design, Modscape, Press/Media, Projects|

Words from Wallpaper* Melbourne-based architects Modscape offer an insight into the design and build process behind this modular, energy efficient weekend home assembled in just 12 weeks. A modular home set into the pastoral countryside in Orange, NSW, Kangaroobie House was constructed from fully-welded structural steel frames and fabricated offsite in 12 weeks. ‘Our homes are are fully finished in our factory prior to being delivered to site,’ explains Modscape managing director Jan Gyrn. ‘All of the painting, tiling, cabinetry etc., is complete before leaving the [...]

Things We Love: Iconic Architecture We Can Experience Digitally

2020-04-15T08:59:21+00:00 April 9th, 2020|Architecture, Design, Things We Love|

If you’re yearning for an escape after being cooped up inside, you’re not alone. Most of us are spending a huge chunk of time at home with only the kitchen, living room and bathroom for scenery. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get your design fix. Here are our top picks of iconic architecture you can virtually tour from your couch. Fallingwater – Frank Lloyd Wright The iconic home, Fallingwater, will be one of 12 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed properties opening [...]

Birdbox Prefabricated Cabins

2020-04-15T08:59:26+00:00 April 3rd, 2020|All, Architecture, Design|

These are crazy, unprecedented times and at present we’re encouraged to stay at home - but there’s nothing to say our minds can’t wander… and we’ve found the perfect place. Travel (digitally) to Norway where there’s an abundance of incredible, unspoilt nature – from wild fjords and jagged coastlines to icy glaciers and fertile green forests. Here you’ll find these incredible prefabricated cabins, perched on hillsides, where you can gaze over the lush landscape from the comfort of your bed. [...]

Downsizing: What You Need to Know

2020-03-31T16:43:39+00:00 March 31st, 2020|All|

For most of our adult lives, when we purchase or build properties we tend to seek a bigger space – especially if our family has expanded. And as we learn what works for us and our routines, we find homes that are tailored to suit.  When we come to downsizing, however, it seems to go against this natural trend and can be a difficult and sometimes emotional process to undertake. Whether you’re retired, an empty nester, or simply looking to [...]

5 Sustainable Building Trends in Australia

2020-03-05T12:54:39+00:00 March 5th, 2020|Sustainability|

A new decade is upon us, and the home of the new 20s is defined by energy efficiency, new building technologies and evolving design trends. Here is our prediction of the sustainable building trends that will catch your eye and become part of your new build plans in 2020. […]