"A beautifully executed house in the exciting genre of a new Queensland regionalism"
Jury, IDEA Awards 2015

Project Zero

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Leon and Emma Bowes
40 Hall Street, Alderley, Queensland, Australia
November 2012 - February 2014
Design and Construct

237m² GFA


Project Zero is a single residential dwelling located in suburban Brisbane.

The design is the result of the clients desire to create a home with an environmentally sustainable agenda.

The main elements of the project that contribute to the “zero” impact building are : the re-configuring and relocation of the existing house, on-site water treatment, solar panels, the use of reclaimed building materials, and a carefully thought out landscape design which includes a veggie garden, chook house, compost/worm farm and extensive native planting.

The design of the house is such that it will minimise the occupants need to artificially heat or cool the building. The house opens up to catch breezes, high level windows draw air through the living spaces and provide natural light from the south. The extensive use of shade structures and screens provide privacy and also act as trellises for climbing plants to provide seasonal shading.

The project delivers a home with strong environmental incentives, with all the amenities expected in a contemporary home.



World Architecture Festival Houses Completed Category - Shortlisted
The Australian Institute of Architects, Brisbane Regional Commendation, for Residential Architecture


Apollo Property Group
Client Agent
Sustainability by Engineering, Environment by Design (SEED)
Environmental Consultants
Westera Partners Pty Ltd
Structural Engineers
GWC Hydraulics
Hydraulic Engineers
DTS Group Qld
Site Survey
Steven Clegg Design
Landscape Architects