Lumen is a multi award-winning, boutique studio practice, celebrating all things light. Modern, beautiful, minimalist design, specialising in residential design across all scales, with sustainability as a core driver and seamlessly integrated. Proprietor Julian Rutt was the 2009 recipient of the SA NAG Award (New Architects & Graduates, precursor to the Emerging Architect Prize) and has over 15 years professional architectural experience in Australia and the UK in the commercial and residential sectors and comes from a long family tradition of architects and engineers in South Australia.
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St Peters, 2012
The Billabong Houses received a Commendation in the Sustainable Architecture category and won the Adelaide Review People’s Choice Award for New Housing at the 2014 Australian Institute of Architects SA Chapter awards, and began with the need to design two houses for two related families that were to use little energy and water from off-site and limit off-site impact during their construction, test out multiple sustainable design theories silently integrating these features into the fabric of the building, in a strong architectural design form. A conservative existing suburban context with less than ideal site orientation led to the creation of abutting monopoly-house shaped forms creating a small L-shape footprint around central courtyards and a second storey tucked into the roofline, to reduce raw construction materials required and maximising solar orientation without overshadowing neighbours. Internally, spaces are efficient and focus social activity in living areas with a strong visual connection to the external environment. The overlapping energy and resource saving measures range from fully passive to active systems and after minimising the need for extra energy through design, active systems were employed meaning not only is energy and water use very low day to day, additional water savings and energy surplus have amplified efficiency.