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Bushfire Pro Bono

Architects launch free service to assist Victorian Bushfire victims.

Bushfire Pro Bono


June 11th, 2009

As part of the Victorian Bushire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority’s ‘We Will Rebuild’, 19 architectural firms – including Donnovan Hill and John Wardle – have come forward with a free service to Bushfire Victims rebuilding their homes.

A joint initiative of the Australian Institute of Architects Victorian chapter and the Office of the Victorian Government Architect, the program aims provide residents with architectural expertise when rebuilding.

“The service offers a selection of architect-designed plans to people intending to rebuild their homes, and a free consultation with the architect,” says the Institute’s Victorian President, Karl Fender.

Altogether 19 homes have so far been designed for the program, meeting the “higher end” of building standards for bushfire prone areas.

The building designs work within these guidelines, while considering aesthetic and environmentally sustainable aspects.

“The design results – such as the Birdhouse with a single steep-fall gutter which is easy to keep clear of debris or the Hinge House with its variable wing structure – show that a rich variety of design responses is possible within the revised standards for building in bushfire prone areas,” says Victorian Government Architect, Professor Geoffrey London.

The designs are all customisable with a range of layout, materials and architectural design options available.

View the full range of house designs here or visit the website to register your interest in participating in the service.

We Will Rebuild




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