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Open House Melbourne 2016 – 5×4 makes the list

Posted on: July 5th, 2016 by Barley Store


The 5×4 House will be part of the Open House Melbourne Event in 2016.

OHM 2016

This will be your chance to walk through the house and feel what it is like filling a 5×4 metre space, the design, storage, features and the outlook.

30th & 31st July2016

Saturday 1pm-4pm,
Sunday 1pm-4pm
Tours at 1pm, 1:20, 1:40, 2, 2:20, 2:40, 3, 3:20, and 3:40pm – Booking required

Bookings open Monday 18 July 8:30am until booked out.
For tickets visit:×4-hayes-lane-project-tickets-26262774666

5×4 Features in The Age

Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by Barley Store


Age Article

5×4 was the topic of discussion today in an article on how timber frames and structures are the way of the future.
Philip Hopkins wrote about timber’s Eco nature when compared to steel and concrete, and the ease of new-age prefabrication.
Read the article on The Age website!

5×4 Hayes Lane features in WellBeing Magazine, May 2014

Posted on: May 1st, 2014 by Barley Store


WellBeing Mazagine May/June Issue #105 – “Less Space, More Living”

With the ever increasing wave of interest in ‘Smaller Living,’ WellBeing Magazine engages with a series of projects striving for a sustainable lifestyle and connecting with their environment on a personal level. Questioning both the integrity and the practicality of downsizing, WellBeing writer Jo Hegerty, challenges our sizist natures and asks Ralph Alphonso whether less can in fact be more.


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WellBeing Magazine: Less Space More Home

Australian Geographic: Innovative Australians

Posted on: March 4th, 2014 by Barley Store

Innovative Australians: Ralph Alphonso

BY Fiona MacDonald

Ralph Alphonso is showing that individuals can reduce their impact in a big way, with some planning and commitment.

On a 4 x 5m Plot down an East Melbourne laneway, Australian Geographic photographer Ralph Alphonso is attempting to build a liveable apartment on a leftover slab of land.

“I was going to build a garage or an extra room but I live here by myself and I thought, ‘Do I really need this space?'” he explains from his current living room, which has twice the floor area of his soon-to-be-built home.

When he looked for examples of carbon-neutral buildings for inspiration, he struggled to find one locally that looked at the whole picture – including where products originated from and -lifestyle.

“I found it frustrating. A lot of architects were talking about what could be done, but I wanted to actually do it. Waiting for someone else to go first isn’t my thing,” he says, with a smile.

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Ecolibrium Article: A window into the 5×4 Project

Posted on: March 1st, 2014 by Barley Store

A hidden back alley in East Melbourne will be home to an intriguing initiative. This project is named after the physical
constraints imposed by the site: a plot measuring 5m by 4m. Nestled between existing buildings, a prefabricated residential dwelling to house two people will rise three stories from the plot.

The design approach minimises the building’s life-cycle energy demand through innovative systems, materials and construction techniques

It will be an example of how to build and live in a small space. It’s an approach that is familiar in urban populations with high densities, such as Hong Kong, Tokyo, and interestingly, Warsaw, where architect Jakub Szczesny claims to have built the world’s narrowest house, which is 122cm at its widest point.

Such an approach will inevitably be embraced in big cities throughout Australia. The space between buildings will become increasingly more valuable as a growing and aging population competes for land, housing and desirable inner-city living

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Australian Geographic Magazine features 5×4… ‘More from Less’

Posted on: November 7th, 2013 by Barley Store

In the current issue of Australia Geographic Magazine a feature article ‘Six Global Megatrends,’ has included the 5×4 Hayes Lane Project as an example for one of the trends.

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From little things big things grow – 5×4 Project

Posted on: November 7th, 2013 by Sabrina Barley Store Productions

The 5×4 Hayes Lane Project has just been featured in an article by Siusan MacKenzie of the East Melbourne Jolimont community magazine. The project has the support and interest of the community.

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“Hayes Lane project – Ralph Alphonso has a big dream of small dimensions”

Posted on: November 7th, 2013 by Sabrina Barley Store Productions

The 5×4 Hayes Lane Project has just been featured in an article by Sarah Day of the habitat magazine published by the Australian Conservation Foundation.

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Ecolibrium Magazine features One Planet Living & 5×4 Project

Posted on: September 25th, 2012 by Barley Store



Part rating tool, part eco-manifesto, part sustainability concept, One Planet Living aims to get us thinking about living within our finite resources, as Ecolibrium staff writer Rachel Urquhart discovers when she interviews Bioregional director Ed Cotter.


Ecolibrium is the official journal of AIRAH.  It is read by over 10,000 professionals in the HVAC&R industry every month, and features the latest industry news, case studies on major projects, technical papers, information on the latest professional development opportunities available to industry and more.

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