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Arkadia

Taking a biophilic approach to medium density with low carbon living in the inner city of Sydney.
Building brickwork and window frame detailing.

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Location

Sydney, Australia

Client

Defence Housing Australia

Architect

DKO Architecture

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Arkadia is an innovative medium density residential development by Defence Housing Australia comprising 152 units embedded in landscaping. The apartments comprise a mix of private market product and apartments retained by DHA as homes for Defence families. Liveability, community, and sustainability were fundamentals, with initiatives including full electrification, rooftop vegetable garden, renewable energy generation, car-share spaces, and parking for 160 bicycles.

Our sustainability team provided energy, thermal comfort and water analysis and modelling that supported the project’s low-carbon, low-impact ambitions. The development is fossil-fuel free with no gas connection. The solar PV combined with a thermally efficient façade, energy efficient electric heat pump common hot water system and the natural cooling and shading provided by extensive greening ensure low overall energy use.

"The project was an early adopter of fossil-fuel free design, and from Day 1, had set ambitious targets to reduce energy and water demand, and improve thermal comfort through passive design. PV solar energy, heat pumps and rainwater harvesting reduce its environmental impact, while the music room, chicken coop, rooftop community garden and impressive recycled brick design make it a wonderful place to live." Hannah Morton, Associate.

Key fact

Landscaping designed by Oculus includes vegetated terraces at every level on the building and a productive community rooftop food garden.

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Key fact

Half a million recycled bricks were incorporated into the façade to reduce the materials footprint and embodied carbon of the building.

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Key fact

Natural ventilation has been prioritised to minimise the need for mechanical cooling and mechanical ventilation.

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Hannah Morton in middle of photo with flowers and buildings in the background

Hannah Morton

Associate, Sustainability

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From its all-electric design and recycled brick façade through to chicken coops and vegetable gardens, Arkadia celebrates sustainable living.ha

Awards

Winner

Multiple Dwellings

Sustainability Awards

Winner

Residential Architecture — Multiple Housing

NSW Architecture Awards

Winner

Sustainable Architecture

NSW Architecture Awards

Winner

People's Choice Award

NSW Architecture Awards

Winner

Precinct Award

Good Design Awards

Winner

Sustainability Award

Good Design Awards

Winner

Best In Class — Architectural Design, Residential & Commercial

Good Design Awards

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