Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

Meeting Cameron Comer– Interior Design

Posted on: August 28th, 2014 by Barley Store

Cameron Comer came for a chat about interior style options, taking into consideration our very limited space and the need for practicality. We discussed various options for our interior finishes, including wood treatments and materials.  



Australian Institute of Architecture – Raising the green Bar & 5×4

Posted on: November 19th, 2013 by Barley Store

The Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architecture last week held an event at the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project Site in East Melbourne.
Under the Sustainable Architecture Forum, ‘Raising the Green Bar,’ the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project was presented to the attending members of the Australian Institute of Architecture.
Craig Chatman (ARKit, Project Architect & Builder) along with Ralph Alphonso (Barley Store & Client/Project Manager) presented to the AIA members, their perspective and insights on the Project.

Craig’s presentation:

  • Introduction of the Design & Construction company ARKit – a hybrid prefabrication company which is combining architectural services, project management and manufacturing.
  • The local history of prefabrication buildings which show a rapid expansion in Australia during the last 10 years.
  • Discussion of the Design Overview including:
    -the way how to reduce emission of greenhouse gases
    -how to provide low impact, low cost residential buildings to manage urban sprawl
    -demonstrate to consumers and property developer markets how attractive and affordable sustainable solutions can be
    -demonstrate the self-sufficient of residential accommodations in energy requirements, water requirement and waste manage

  • The stair circulation options
  • The 10 Principles and Objectives of One Planet Living
  • Identify how the 5×4 project could respond to the One Planet Living principles
  • ARKit considered a variety of possible sustainable materials for the building
  • Presentation of Dr. Robert Crawford’s calculation of the total life cycle embodied energy of each system
  • Please download Craig’s Presentation Notes below

    Testing, Testing and more testing…

    Posted on: September 1st, 2013 by Barley Store

    We are getting closer to the final specifications for the project and with that the questions are flying thick and fast… What are the products we are to use? What materials? How do we decide? In any circumstance these questions are not easy to answer. The project team has weighed in where their areas of expertise lie and overlap.

    Where possible we will be testing the products in the Barley Store Office, for compatibility of systems and functionality in real life context.

    Zoo Automation products for the home controls and energy reporting have already started being installed and tested. Security system along with cameras will be next with the custom programming systems.

    A note from Ralph Alphonso on the schedule!

    Posted on: July 8th, 2013 by Barley Store

    How is the Project schedule traveling?

    “Well, I think we are in good shape. The previous schedule would have us close to completion at this point. I thought I would get that out of the way early…

    We are currently in the final stages of specifications. (more…)

    Draft Plans 5th July 2013

    Posted on: July 5th, 2013 by Barley Store

    Download of the draft plans of the 5th July 2013.

    Click on the image below to open the full draft plans.

    Design Development Meeting – May

    Posted on: May 17th, 2013 by Barley Store

    We are so close to finalising the design. Click on the images below to view or download the latest design sketches for the build…

    Design Update – Construction Plans & Internal Details

    Posted on: May 17th, 2013 by Barley Store

    Here’s the latest construction plans + internal details from our recent meeting with ARKit. Click the image below to view or download the designs:

    Construction Sequence

    Posted on: April 11th, 2013 by Barley Store

    Here’s a sneak preview of the 5×4 Hayes Lane building will come together… proposed by ARKit.

    Images by ARKit.

    Meeting with Project Architect

    Posted on: April 11th, 2013 by Barley Store

    Today we had a meeting with Craig Chatman (ARKit). At this point we are close to finalising the structure of the build.
    Points of discussion included:
    – Sewage/ plumbing issues
    – Electricity
    – Transporting the build
    – Material analysis
    The following were discussed during the material analysis:
    – Walls –wall lining options (e.g. plywood, bamboo, cork)
    – Flooring systems –floor structure options
    – Internals & finishings –e.g. bamboo, plastic, paperock compressed paper.
    – Kitchen appliances –fridge, dishwashers, oven, etc.
    – Bathroom finishes
    After considering all the possible materials, final decisions are yet to be made. With the help of our other team members, Tai Hollingsbee and Dr Robert Crawford, we’ll be able to compare the embodied energy of each product and choose the most eco-friendly one.
    The performance of our building should be finalised by the end of this month in which we will have a clear idea of the materials and appliances that will be used in the building.
    At this rate, we hope to begin construction August 2013. Stay tuned for future updates!

    Craig Chatman speaks about Design Development

    Posted on: April 8th, 2013 by Barley Store

    Watch Craig Chatman speaking about the design response of the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project.
    Issues discussed:
    – The design solutions of the mini tower
    – The interesting dialogue between private and public realm of the dwelling considering it’s location
    – The constraints of the build due to its small scale
    – Being able to offer a design solution which talks about circulation, movement and flow
    – Showcasing the engineering of the project within the structure of the building