ART Apartments and its Practical Completion

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Guava Lime’s Flinders Street precinct celebrates another major milestone this week with the practical completion of ART Apartments, an executive living residential development which sold out in record time.

Alongside this, we also saw the final finishing touches on ART Apartments’ eight storey installation on the exterior of the building. Considered the tallest in South Australia, it was commissioned by Guava Lime and completed by artists from the Kaurna Meyunna community, traditional owners of the land.

The aim was to create a piece of community art which captures the vibrance and rich culture of the Flinders Street precinct. Using a variety of indigenous and contemporary symbols, it depicts the traditional year cycle, carefully balancing female and male aspects of Kaurna culture.

 

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Guava Lime Transforms Eastern Quarter of Adelaide into a Cosmopolitan Precinct

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In nine short years Guava Lime has transformed Flinders Street, in the eastern quarter of Adelaide, from a tired block of commercial buildings into a modern and vibrant precinct.

With five projects complete and one about to commence, our vision for the revitalisation of our 45,000 square metre Flinders Street precinct is well under way and includes residential apartments, rooftop gardens, offices, a hotel, restaurants and cafes. It marks a cosmopolitan direction for the South Australian capital.

However, if you see yourself living or investing in the precinct, your window of opportunity is small. After the success of the first stage of Zen Apartments, which sold out last year in just ten weeks, it is expected that the newly launched Zen2 Apartments won’t be on the market for long either.

For those who are unfamiliar with the burgeoning laneway culture of east Adelaide, you will find quality coffee shops, restaurants, public and bike transport, art, theatre and music venues at every turn.

From an investor perspective, there is only a limited number of inner-city developments available in Adelaide and Zen2 Apartments is the only one on the market in the eastern part of the city.

 

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Zen Apartments Adelaide Stage Two Released

The release of Stage Two at Zen Apartments adds another chapter to Guavalime’s Flinders Street revitalisation strategy. Following on from Stage One, Zen Stage Two further explores notions of harmony and simplicity within the Adelaide CBD.

In gearing up for the public release of Zen Apartments Stage Two, a temporary website has been deployed at www.zenadelaide.com.au for early registrations.

Zen2 is located at the corner of Tucker St and Dawkins Place and just off Flinders Street. Consisting of 21 architecturally designed apartments spread across seven storeys, Zen2 will also host similar elements of design from Stage One, with an entertainment terrace available for residents on the rooftop and screen shading articulated across the facade.

Small Changes To Sustainability

A new book on sustainability encourages small steps to transform the way we live to become more sustainable.

Motivating Change: Sustainable Design and Behaviour in the Built Environment encourages designers, architects and planners to get people motivated to change their behaviour through their design of urban areas.

Edited by University of South Australia’s Professor Steffen Lehmann and Dr Robert Crocker, the publication is the second edited by Prof Lehmann in the Earthscan Series on sustainable design.

The book is a collection of essays by academics from around the world who they hope will inspire those involved in urban design to play their part in the issues of climate change.

Prof Lehmann said people only needed to make basic changes to change the way people live.

“We live in a disposable culture where we build and buy for the short-term,” Prof Lehmann said.

“We see it in all aspects of life: we are building houses that are only made to last 30 years at the same time as we are tearing down 100-year-old buildings without reusing the materials with which they were constructed, and our mobile telephones are redundant after just a couple of years’ use.

Prof Lehmann said the most important issues needed behaviour changes at many levels – the city to the individual – and it needed to be long-lasting.

 

 

 

 

 

Citizen Involvement in Green Developments

Not only do eco-cities have to be green and environmentally sustainable, they also need to be socially inclusive, consider residents’ wellbeing and affordable.

This is the call from experts at the International Green Building Convention.

These environmentally sustainable cities are being built across the world including Serenbe in the US, Eco-City and Binhai New Area both in China, Vauban in Germany and the African Eco-City in Zimbabwe among countless others

Dr Thomas Schroepfer spoke about five eco-cities in Europe and said one, Vauban in Germany, gave residents the chance to design their homes and a say in what their city would look like.

He said car-owning citizens agreed to buy a carpark in one of two parking lots on the edge of the development, then walk to their apartments.

The cities, therefore, became playgrounds and areas where people could socialise, which improved people’s health because they were moving more and, thus, reducing their chance of heart disease and stroke.

Dr Schroepfer said that involving people in the design of their cities could also mean they would be more afford because citizens were directly involved in all aspects of planning and design.

“Future eco-cities need to create a more positive correlation between affordability and innovation,” he said.

“If we don’t find a different way to approach such projects, they might remain in the realm of high-end housing, and that is certainly not the role of sustainable development.”

Cooler Lighting, Greener Houses

Melbourne residents are being encouraged to hang up their power hungry traditional light bulbs, for energy-efficient LED lighting.

cherryLED and Sustainable Melbourne Fund have partnered for the ‘Lighting that Pays for Itself’ program.

The initiative will see 400 homes change to LED lighting for a small upfront cost and repay the remainder with a 36-month plan.

cherryLED general manager Ben Wright said the average home would save money back straight away.

“With their involvement in supporting similar community projects, such as solar neighbourhoods, we are proud to have secured Sustainable Melbourne Fund as our supporting partner for the ‘Lighting that Pays for Itself’ program,” Mr Wright said.

Sustainable Melbourne Fund CEO Scott Bocskay said the project would reduce the city’s carbon emissions and was exactly the product they looked for to finance energy efficiency ideas.

By signing up to the ‘Lighting That Pays For Itself’ program people can save up to 89 per cent on their lighting electricity bill.

Compared with halogen down lights, which radiate heat of 200 degrees Celsius, LED lighting operates at 55 degrees, which keeps homes cooler, reduces the load on air conditioning systems and reduces the risk of ceiling fires.

Sustainable Melbourne Fund has already helped reduce the carbon footprint of office towers across Melbourne city by providing building owners with up-front capital to pay for retrofit projects.