Approximately, two weeks ago I received confirmation that my ‘Australia Modern’ book had won the GOLD Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) for the Australia/New Zealand Best Regional Non-Fiction category. The project was a massively enjoyable experience and I am so grateful this book has been acknowledged. However, it wouldn’t have been successful without the support of my editor Cheryl Weber and renowned architect Professor Phil Harris.
In contrast to other architecture books, I have written ‘Australia Modern’ showcases more humble dwellings. A great example is ‘Moonlight Cabin’ by Jackson Clement Burrows Architects (JCBA). At only 60-square metres this is the smallest property featured in the book. However, due to the innovative design, it caters for all the families requirements. As well as creating beautiful residential homes JCBA also works on large scale commercial projects. A great example is Gillies Hall – Monash University, Frankston, Victoria, Australia.
Presently, I am co-writing a book about innovative timber frame commercial buildings and am hoping to include Gillies Hall – Monash University. In the world of architecture Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) is being hailed as the new concrete. This building comprises 150 self-contained studio student apartments across six levels and has been certified as the largest Passive House certified (PHC) building in the southern hemisphere.
Aesthetically, Gillies Hall – Monash University has a bold identity and is certainly a template for sustainable future building. The project was completed in 2019 and has already received a lot of positive publicity including many awards.
For more information about Gillies Hall – Monash University follow this link