Master Planning - Eco Village
Drawing on European developments to create a precedent for the Australian market
A master planned community in the Brisbane outer suburbs was exploring the nature of suburban development to re-instate a sense of community and decentralised production.
Drawing inspiration from mixed use European developments, the master plan interprets this into a localised Australian concept. Encompassing detached and attached dwellings, the community facilities also include retail, cottage industry and office space with on site water treatment and energy production.
Turning the traditional sub-division inside out, the small lot sub division provided comparable yield to traditional developments but with greater community and green space. Rear laneway access lots allow houses to open to communal green space that provides bikeways, open space and veggie gardens for all. Linking into the network of green belts throughout the site, all green space becomes communal encouraging greater interaction and access to more facilities.
The master plan and breakup of zones has been carefully considered to provide an active (retail/office) street face linking directly onto large central open space that feeds off into the green belts of housing. Lot layouts have been designed to maximise access to north-easterly breezes and solar frontage, allowing simple passive house design. Concept designs for the houses included modular components that can be manipulated for site specific responses while allowing economy of production. Small lots and keeping costs down for the house construction were critical factors in providing a competitive edge in the suburban housing market.