When you cruise around this web site, you will see how much of this architect's work is based on new emergent thinking of its time. Where ideas which are at the prototype or experimental stage, or where trends suggest a future with particular inclusions, this architect makes provision for these in buildings being developed now.
WhyThe approach taken by this practice is that -
HowThe ways this is done can be many fold. Buildings can be 'loose fit'. That is, duct spaces and connections and provisions can be made for systems not yet envisaged, to be added later. Such as water storages by systems such as bladders which were not thought of until early this century. Or buildings can be pre-configured. Such as anticipating that photovoltaic arrays may be added in the future, or data transfer between building components (BIM - building information management).*
* see Clipsal's internal magazine 'Intensify' issue no.10 on an article about how this practice approaches these things.
Past emergencesInevitably, what is emergent thinking at one point in time, becomes mainstream at a later time, and can no longer be considered new. As a result, this practice is continually interested in other new, as past prototypes blend into mainstream standard.
1970sEarly in this practice's life, we were interested in 'exoskeleton' building typology. That is, a building where the roof is erected first, and widely variant infill floor/wall/ceiling systems can be built in underneath.
The gains included -
Early this century other practitioners also began work with such
approaches, and adopted the name 'agricultural baroque'.
1980s to end of centuryThis practice writes a lot about 'climate response' design elements in buildings in hot dry climates. This has been this practice's exploration together with other architects in Adelaide over that time. This thinking about cooling by passive means is fully explained in sections of this web site, and every project shown gives representation to that design approach.
Since now much is published, it can no longer be considered emergent thinking.
Enough post occupancy measurement of this practice's built work has shown that 5kwhr/day energy use (ie 25 Star when linked to on-site renewable energy supply) places such building designs distinct from normal 'compliant' buildings at less than 10 Stars.
currentWith this practice experience of about 10 years of driving a hybrid car, 40 years flying sailplanes; this practice's interest has stepped toward efficient vehicles. Such as full electric cars, planes, and so on.
And inevitably then further to the role these might play in powering buildings, or beyond.
It is obvious that full electric vehicles would draw their recharge
from buildings, either from mains power supply, or on -building
And this practice is interested.Through the offer by Simon Hackett (MD Internode) I was co-driver in his Tesla Roadster driving from Darwin to Adelaide in the October 2009 'Global Green Challenge'. The Tesla is an open road production full EV. Including in setting the world record for production EV distance on a single charge to over 500km.
Production by large manufacturers of urban EVs (Miev, Leaf, etc.) and plug-in hybrid (Toyota) and generator backed EV (GM Volt) is imminent.
So this is the time to be thinking about car recharge from buildings.
But the cabling runs both ways.
This is not yet real. But parts of the equation exist. And so it is in this practice's approach to anticipate such building systems during the expected operating life of buildings being built now.
The photos below are -
(see also Internode blog for video of the record drive)