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PREFAB FRIDAY: Macarthur Gardens Sales Office

by , 06/23/06

Supple Designs of Australia was given a unique brief by a residential client developing 900 lots west of Sydney: a building was needed to be a showcase to entice future homeowners. The developers wanted this building to make a bold architectural statement, highlight both a sustainable lifestyle and construction, and to be sturdy enough to be disassembled and relocated for the same purpose in the near future. Using prefabricated components, Supple Designs produced a well blended mix of modernist ideals, warm “homey” moments, structural expressionism, and a visible eco-friendly statement to serve as a prototype for a more environmentally friendly suburbia.


Inspired by the residential work of Jorn Utzon, the famous Danish architect who gave the world the Sydney Opera House, Supple developed a modular “kit of parts” using precast structural concrete panels, recycled timber, plywood, and glass. The straightforward forms that make up the building expose how simple materials can make a rich environment that blends with the Australian landscape. What’s more, they double as environmentally responsive elements (check out that rainwater collection gutter!)

+ Supple Design: Education & Display Suite, Macarthur Gardens

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2 Comments

  1. erwin September 24, 2007 at 10:38 am

    how to design house with modern design and sustainable architechture? criteria?

  2. yoga November 1, 2006 at 4:53 am

    how to design environment building? criteria?

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