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Architecture: The Nest

October 4, 2011

A tight site in Richmond’s Cremorne is transformed into a multifunctional, ecologically minded residence and studio for emerging practice Duckbuild.

Located in the Melbourne inner-suburb of Cremorne, The Nest was originally built to serve the dual purpose of Duckbuild’s creative headquarters and architect Simon Cookes’ own residence. The Nest became a simple way to demonstrate Cookes’ unique design aesthetic and construction management capabilities. The project uses environmentally sustainable design and a creative flair to create bold, multi-purpose and comfortable spaces.

While the ‘neighbourhood character’ needed to be maintained, once you move beyond the front door the house opens up in unexpected ways. A clever use of unusual doors, joinery and transformational space maximise the tight 4.5 metre-wide site.

Ecologically-minded, The Nest’s features include solar water and electrical systems, heat-activated natural ventilation, rainwater collection, water saving toilets, an abundance of natural light and recycled materials, all integrated seamlessly as part of the building.

Team Architect: Simon Cookes

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