Breathe, DKO and Oculus for Defence Housing Australia
At its heart Arkadia is about ecological sustainability and social sustainability. Breathe, DKO Architecture and Oculus began the design process by researching a series of considerations that questioned the nature of multi-residential development in Australia. The project is founded on three key design pillars: Community, Environment and Architecture. Community: Arkadia is the result of considered community engagement and a holistic approach to creating a meaningful and accessible space for Alexandria locals. Environment: Sustainability has been incorporated into every aspect of Arkadia, from extensive bike storage in the basement – far exceeding traditional requirements – to the vegetable gardens on the rooftop. The project has been designed to minimise CO2 emissions from the outset, by harnessing solar heat gain in the winter with a high thermally efficient envelope of half a million recycled bricks. Importantly, Arkadia is 100% fossil fuel free. Architecture: DKO + Breathe felt strongly about creating a sense of place within Arkadia. The design focuses on creating shared experiences with an integration of green space via communal areas within the building.