How would you like your architecture?

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How would you like your architecture?

This diagram is often referred to the “Iron Triangle” or “Triple Constraint” when it comes to Project Management. I first saw a similar venn diagram illustration in relation to graphic design, designed by Colin Harman), and the relevance was soon picked up by the architecture community.

The three opposing points if the triangle are:
QUALITY: good > shoddy (size/scope/features/detailing/sustainability)
COST: cheap > expensive (your budget for the whole project, including construction cost)
TIME: fast > slow (the program for the delivery of architectural services, as well as the construction program)

I created my own version, as a discussion piece for use with my clients – as it is helpful for setting your priorities for the project, and understanding that being able to achieve all three simultaneously is an unrealistic goal…although we can all dream!

The idea is that you can only “pick two”. Or you might find that there is one corner of the triangle that is a much higher priority for you. The closer you move towards one point, the more this will impact the other two sides of the triangle.

– If you want your home built cheap and fast, then it will not be of good quality.
– If you want a high quality home on a small budget, then it will take time.
– If you want your home built quickly, yet also of a premium quality, then it will be a much higher cost.

So where do you think the following buildings might fit on the spectrum?
A project home?
An owner-builder with hand-crafted features?
A multi-residential development?
An investment property to be flipped quickly?
A restoration to a heritage building?
A custom architect-designed home?

However It is not as simple as just these three parts – in terms of the size/scope AND different levels of quality/crafstmanship/detailing and energy-efficiency considerations, etc. This creates a more complex layering at the ‘quality’ end of the triangle.
i.e. if the project is very large but of average quality (think McMansions), then it could be the same cost/time as a smaller sustainable and energy-efficient home of the highest quality.
An architect colleague has done a more thorough analysis of the iron triangle with these 4 dimensions (iron-tetrahedron perhaps?!)

What about sustainability?

A truly sustainable home is usually smaller (not a McMansion!) which can bring the cost down as every square metre equates to more dollars. A green home usually means that the quality of the design and build is higher than standard (i.e. double or triple-glazing, more insulation, more care taken to seal gaps, etc.) and therefore the up-front cost will also be higher…however the running costs will end up being much lower over the life of the building, and will actually save you money!

We hope this has been some food for thought for you when considering your project.

Talina x

 


What is the priority for your home? Quality, Cost or Time – of the impossible utopia?! I’d 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!

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.

 

Dear younger self, Continue reading

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!

Join Our Team!

EDIT: (04.12.17) We have now filled the position for Architectural Assistant. We were very grateful for the high number of applications and thank each and every candidate for applying. If you’re reading this, and everything about us resonates with you, and think this sounds like your ‘dream job’, then please do still get in touch! As we continue to grow, your email might just come at the right time, and if not, then perhaps we can keep in touch for when the time is right. Thanks, Talina Edwards Architecture

JOIN OUR TEAM!

JOIN OUR GROWING TEAM! 
Position Available: Architectural Assistant / Architectural Technician & Documenter (Part-time)
( Architecture Graduate / Building Designer Graduate)

We’re a small architectural practice located in Ballarat Central with a passion for beautiful, sustainable and healthy architecture.

The successful applicant will share our values:
– sustainability: environmental, social/cultural, economical & spiritual
– creativity, innovation, intuition, intellect
– communication & collaboration
– genuine, ethical, honest
– seeker (& sharer) of knowledge & wisdom
– resourceful & shows initiative

The successful applicant will have the following professional experience and skills:
– Experience in all stages of architectural services delivery (Sketch Design, Design Development, Planning Permit Documentation, Construction Documentation)
– Familiarity with Apple Mac platform
– Proficiency with AutoCAD 2D (no, we don’t use Revit or ArchiCAD yet, but might in future if you have the skills!)
– Current construction knowledge & architectural documentation experience
– Strong verbal and written communication skills (for client relations and consultant liaison)

Other desirable skills:
– Confidence with Photoshop for architectural-presentations
– SketchUp Pro 3D modelling
– Qualified FirstRate/NatHERS Energy Rater/Assessor
– Certified Passive House Designer
– Building Science enthusiast

Benefits of joining us:
– Fabulous opportunity to join our growing practice and be an integral part of our team who share the same values & vision
– Collaborative working environment in great studio space
– Flexible working hours (part-time with potential to be full-time) 
– Future career progression opportunities
– Salary will be market-rate compensation, commensurate with your qualifications, skills and experience
– We pride ourselves on being an equitable workplace

We welcome applications via email – please send your CV/Portfolio to studio@talinaedwards.com.au

My new Studio!

Hi there,

I know things have been a bit quieter than usual here on the blog. There’s plenty of posts waiting patiently in the wings, ready for their time to shine! But they’ve been on the sidelines as a lot of fabulous new sustainable home designs are taking up my precious time!

You might have noticed on Social Media that I moved into a new studio a few months back. (It’s been hard not to share my love for this space!) Here’s a few pics:

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It is a work in progress as I take time to set up.

I’m also on the lookout for a Studio-Buddy to share the space with me… so if you know of anyone who might be interested, please send them my way for more details!

Thanks,

Ballarat Sustainable Architect Green Builder