Home' Scoop : Scoop 52 Winter 2010 Contents Amidst all the talk about sustainable building design, award winning builders and
developers Colgan Industries, in partnership with Philip McAllister Architects have
created Square One Apartments setting a new benchmark for sustainable building
design for mixed use developments.
The 35 luxury residential apartments, office and cafe fit seamlessly with the restored
and historically significant 1928 MacKay's Aerated Waters Factory in Money Street
Perth. Other than the amazing lifestyle benefits of being nestled between the Beaufort
Street strip and the vibrant Northbridge precinct the design aimed to deliver measurable
benefits to both the residents and the environment by integrating both passive and active
sustainable design features.
The sites orientation provided an ideal opportunity for the vast majority of apartments to
have north facing living areas and utilize cross ventilation. Louvers are used extensively for
both solar protection and privacy and form a strong aesthetic. Rainwater-harvesting feeds
all toilets and washing machines in the complex along with the water wise gardens designed
by Josh Byrne and Associates. The gardens provide residents with not only a peaceful oasis,
but also a source of food with over 70% of the plants being fruits or herbs.
Solar panels installed by Independent Power Systems contribute extensively to both the
common power requirements of the complex and individual apartments and are complemented
by the use of energy efficient lighting including Brightgreen's revolutionary LED downlights.
Intelligent Solar's next generation of solar gas boosted hot water system provides residents
with virtually free hot water year round.
Square One Apartments demonstrates Colgan Industries commitment and passion to
delivering developments at the cutting edge of sustainable building design and builds on
their extensive experience in commercial heritage restoration.
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