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BDAV inaugural '10 Star Challenge' win









Lifehouse Design, in association with Crosby Architects and Lewin Consulting, were announced winners of the BDAV's inaugural '10 Star Challenge' at a gala dinner at Zinc at Federation Square in Melbourne on Friday 29th July, for the Flip_Flop House.


The house, rated 10 Stars, is based on passive-solar design principles and standard building materials and sizes to minimise waste during construction.  It does not need active heating and cooling. The house is also designed for social sustainability by adapting to ongoing lifestyle changes of occupants - it suits a single family, smaller family with teenager's pad or granny flat, two or three separate apartments... all with separate private gardens. 


See our Projects page for pics...  And also Sanctuary magazine, Issue 16, for a rundown on the shortlisted entries by Tim Adams. BDAV's website - 



Speed Dating with Sanctuary - Design:Made:Trade in July

Lifehouse Design was one of ten leading sustainable architects and designers who participated in Speed Dating with Sanctuary at the Melbourne Exhibition Buildings on July 17, as part of the State of Design Festival's Design:Made:Trade event.  Sanctuary readers brought along plans and ideas to discuss with one or more of the architects/designers in a fun and interactive environment.  It was fast - 10 minute consultations - and noisy, but hugely successful: it received the gong from The Design Files for 'Most Popular' event at Design:Made:Trade.  See highlights of the event at

Munro Court on Treehugger

Sanctuary magazine featured an article on our Munro Court project's houses and communal gardens in Issue 10 this year (article by Fiona Negrin, photography by Rachel Pilgrim and Andrew Lecky).  Treehugger ran some excerpts and photos from it recently...  Have a look at: