POD (People Oriented Design)
POD is a multi-disciplinary design, architecture, project management, community engagement and research practice with interests and experience across all of northern Australia. Dr Shaneen Fantin established People Oriented Design (POD) in Cairns, in February 2009. Belinda Allwood joined POD as a partner in 2014. The core values of POD are, ‘ A Fresh Perspective: seeing things differently to the norm in management and planning and design ‘ Valuing People: placing value on relationships and building teams on projects. ‘ Get It Right: continuous holistic and detail thinking through all stages of a project. ‘ Sustainability In Everything.
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Synapse Supported Health Accommodation
An 8 bed accommodation facility for people with acquired brain injury. Priority for Indigenous clients. $ 4.2M Project Value Role: Concept design, design workshops with Indigenous stakeholders, design development and construction drawings. To meet requirements of traditional owner design briefs and health provider briefs, Australian Standards for disability access, the Livable Housing Design Guidelines (Gold Standard) and good tropical design principles.
Palm Cove Residence
Palm Cove, 2015
A tropical, sustainable 4 bedroom home. The dwelling is designed on passive design principles and does not allow for air-conditioning. It contains a 4KW solar system, rainwater tanks, native garden and pool. The is designed to have as small a footprint as possible to meet the client’s needs and makes use of relationships with the garden and outside to create spatially generosity without cost. The construction of the dwelling includes plantation timbers, low emissions materials and LED lighting. The house achieved more than a 6 star energy rating in its energy assessment.
Smithfield, Cairns, 2000
Tropical and sustainable three bedroom dwelling on a steeply sloping site at Smithfield. The Apex Residence won 2001 HIA award for sustainable design. This house demonstrates principles of The Least House Necessary. Apex residence is a place of retreat for a young working couple that blends the seemingly opposed paradigms of close connection to land and nature within a necessarily suburban location. The three bedroom house sits discreetly within the protective contours of a north facing slope. It is surrounded by dense native landscape which conceals the house from the streets below, yet allows vistas of the distant sea and adjacent mountains from all parts of the house. It remains hidden until the moment of discovery and delight.