marți, 16 iunie 2009

Donovan Hill's Happy Haus to help with Australian bushfire rebuild

Brisbane based architecture practice Donovan Hill’s Happy Haus was amongst nineteen designs selected for the Bushfire Homes Service last week. The Bushfire Homes Service is a joint initiative of the Australian Institute of Architects (Victoria) and the Office of the Victorian Government Architect looking to support the rebuild following the devastation of the Australian bushfires in February of this year.

Donovan Hill’s DHAN range for Happy Haus is a ‘ready made’ home solution that is fully adaptable, transportable and climatically sensitive in its design. The designs can range to be both ‘stand alone’ or combined to include garden and outdoor spaces with all modules complying fully with the new national building standards for bushfire prone zones.

Queensland based, Donovan Hill join other practices working as part of a free architectural service to help rebuild the 2000 homes lost in the fires. The Bushfire Homes Service offers those who lost their homes access to architectural expertise that will add value and improve the quality and amenity of the homes being rebuilt in the areas devastated by the February fires.

Donovan Hill’s co-founder, Brian Donovan said, “We are very pleased to be involved in the post fire rebuild. We feel that the DHAN Happy Haus presents a low cost, flexible and sustainable design solution that can feasibly work as a mass model for reconstruction.”

The Happy Haus is designed so each module can be easily transported to a new site, or relocated from an existing address as living requirements change. The flexible design of the modules means that the Happy Haus is able to be accommodated by most sites.

The DHAN series is characterised by finishes and details developed in Donovan Hill’s domestic architectural practice. Off-white interiors with timber window and door frames allow the personalisation of interiors by owners. The timber pelmet incorporates general room lighting as well provision for art and curtain hanging. Plywood exteriors suit Australian environmental conditions and are offered with a colour choice to suit individual settings. Distinctive roof forms and coloured ventilation flaps characterize exterior form.

To view the range of house designs offered by the Bushfire Homes Service and to find out more please visit the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority website at

About Donovan Hill
Donovan Hill is a Brisbane based practice directed by Brian Donovan, Timothy Hill, Paul Jones and Michael Read. Established in 1992, the practice has successfully combined its commitment to design standards with delivery of services that have enabled cost effective construction. With projects spanning the commercial, institutional and civic buildings sectors Donovan Hill also have extensive experience in innovative residential projects, precinctual/master planning, interior fitout, landscape and furniture commissions. The practice is also active in the academic and professional development realms. Teaching in local studios, facilitating at interstate guest masters workshops, running mentor programs and speaking at national and international conferences is an integral part of the firm’s involvement in the practice of architecture.

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About HEAT

HEAT, Queensland’s new wave of environmental architects is an initiative undertaken by the Queensland Government of Australia to represent collectively the environmental architectural talent working in this area. Representing over 100 architectural practices in the state of Queensland, HEAT aims to promote the work coming out of this region to an international audience. Since its global launch in August 2008, at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the primary focus has been on architectural firms and individuals. When possible, however, related designers are promoted through HEAT and key academics and futurists, social planners and developers, providing a broad scope of where architecture sites in the community.

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