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Finding Equilibrium

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When the Parlour team asked me to be a part of this inspiring series of Letters to my younger self, they posed a few questions I could reflect upon. The BIG question that is always asked is about work-life balance, and the answers are as elusive as the quest for the holy grail… So, this sets the scene for my letter, and I realised that as I was composing this, I was also tuning into my future self to give me the advice I need to heed right now.

 

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Open House Ballarat 2017!

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Have you heard the exciting* news?!

(*Well there’s plenty of people who are excited, and I hope you will be too!)

Open House Melbourne has joined forces with the City of Ballarat and Visit Ballarat to bring the first regional event here to Ballarat! Hurrah! Welcome to the inaugural Open House Ballarat! It really is like another gold-rush of creative goodness happening here right now.

As co-chair of the Ballarat Regional Architects Network (along with another local architect Mick Moloney), it has been great getting to know the fabulous team at Open House Melbourne in the lead up to this event. We are very proud that this is an opportunity to share our love for architecture and design and celebrate it with our community and visitors to our city.

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My photo of the fabulous old-school paper program, printed by The Saturday Paper – love it!


 

 

 

 

There will be a range of buildings open (not just ‘houses’!) over the weekend of October 28th and 29th, plus a film screening plus kids activities and more which are FREE! Note that some open houses do require advance booking as places are strictly limited. See more at http://www.openhousemelbourne.org/ballarat/ballarat-buildings.

What are my top picks, I hear you ask?! We are spoilt for choice, but here’s a few that I haven’t been to yet! (And there’s a stack on the program that I love but have already visited.)
Open House Ballarat Two Halves House

The two-halves house is a gorgeous example of contemporary residential architecture, and designed by my mates! The owners did an amazing job by owner-building (project-managing) this themselves, so kudos to the whole team! 

 

Open House Ballarat Bishops Palace

For those who love heritage homes and a bit of grandeur from yesteryear, check out Bishops Palace as it is sure to impress! And those pitched gable-ends are so on-trend again right now ;o)

 

 

Open House Ballarat ACU Chapel

I’m keen to check out the chapel at ACU which was recently renovated by local architects – I love the use of timber, stone and the contemporary stained glass window with the interesting trussed roof. I’m always fascinated by spiritual buildings.

 

 

Open House Ballarat Integrated Health Services

The brand new Ballarat Community Health building appears to have the most sustainable design features out of the Open Houses in Ballarat (which is what we love to see!) and it looks like a lovely, light-filled space that promotes wellness.

 

The Open House Ballarat weekend is also part of Ballarat’s Season of the Arts program, so there are lots of great reasons to enjoy our beautiful city at the moment! Hope to see you around town experiencing how great architecture can make a difference in our world!

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All images sourced from www.openhousemelbourne.org/ballarat unless noted otherwise.


Have you ever been to an Open House event? Which Ballarat building would you love to see? I’ve love to hear about it in the comments below!

We aim to answer questions about sustainable design, green buildings and healthy homes, also with reference to our local climate (Regional Ballarat area and Melbourne) in future articles. Don’t forget you can sign up to receive our news so you won’t miss out on our posts!

Sustainable House Day 2016 in Ballarat

 

Renovations New Building Home Green Eco Energy-Efficient Passive Solar Design Daylesford Trentham Woodend Buninyong Clunes Creswick Kyneton Castlemaine Solar Power Rammed Earth Strawbale Recycled Timber Pre Fab SIPSSustainable House Day 2016 comes to Ballarat! (And it’s just a few weeks away!)

This year it is on Sunday 11th September, with a large list of houses all over the country available for you to visit and be inspired. The full list of houses is still being updated, so keep an eye on the Sustainable House Day website, and register there to attend. It is admiral that so many people are willing to open their doors to their private homes, share their insights and proudly display how they’ve embraced sustainability.

In previous years, there has been a wide variety of homes, each of which vary with their approach to what ‘sustainability’ means to them. I’ve written before about what a truly sustainable house is, and how there are always areas of compromise and prioritising what are the most important aspects for you. You might see a traditional period home in town that have been retro-fitted with insulation, double-glazing and solar hot water to improve energy-efficiency. Or a very ‘normal’ looking family home on a block out of town that is completely off-grid with their energy and water. Or perhaps a home that focuses more on natural materials such as mud brick or straw bale construction. Some homes have completely embraced passive solar design principles…while others haven’t. It is a broad spectrum and I think you can find something new to learn with each example, and hopefully be inspired by different approaches!

There are a number of homes in the Ballarat region which you can also find on the local BREAZE (Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions) website. BREAZE and the ‘Smart Living Ballarat’ crew have also arranged to start the day with some Sustainable House Presentations by local professionals (Dale Boucher, Mick Moloney and me!) – kicking off at 9am at the Ballarat Library.

I’ll be there to present a ‘virtual tour’ of some of my current projects, so you can gain an insight into the architectural design process, and how sustainability is approached holistically. Sustainable homes are a lot more than just adding solar panels, and this presentation will provide some helpful professional advice about the key areas to focus on to get maximum benefits and savings (for you, your wallet, and the planet!).

If you know anyone who might be interested in learning more about sustainable homes, please let them know about this free event – thanks – I’d love to see a some friendly faces there! See you on Sunday 11th September 9am – 10:30am at the Ballarat Library. Don’t forget to register here to attend.

 

Are you planning on attending Sustainable House Day this year? Or have you been in the past? Don’t be shy – let me know in the comments below!

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Ballarat Contemporary Architecture (Parlour Instagram Guest-Host Series)

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This post is part of my #Ballarat series of guest posts for Archi Parlour on instagram.

This series is all about Ballarat’s Contemporary Architecture. Our city is more well known for it’s heritage buildings, but there are some great examples of contemporary architecture too… and hopefully many more to come in the future! So I wanted to showcase a few examples of our most popular new architecture…do you recognise any of these? Continue reading

Ballarat Heritage Architecture (Parlour Instagram Guest-Host Series)

Talina Edwards Female Architect New Homes Houses Renovations Extensions Rural Central VictoriaThis post is part of my #Ballarat series of guest posts for Archi Parlour on instagram.

This series is all about Ballarat’s Heritage Buildings – as we have a wealth of historic architecture, dating back to the days of the gold rush when the city boomed in the late 1800s. Our city has many beautiful buildings, and it was difficult to narrow it down to just seven favourites – so here’s my selection. I wonder if any of your faves made the cut?  Continue reading