When does sustainable architecture stop being about ‘green’ and start evolving into what we know as ‘traditional architecture’? This question is being posed worldwide as modern, cutting edge architecture struggles to be categorised as such without being forced to implement additional environmental elements simply for the sake of doing so.
This is not a new concept for Queensland architects and industry members, who for some time now have been consolidating and promoting an architectural process that is proving to be more about top of the range design -which naturally includes environmentally responsible design principles – than attempting to greenwash the industry.
For those who are a part of the HEAT initiative, Australia’s top architecture practices and developments and environmental responsibility are one and the same.
“Queensland architects go that extra mile in creating world class, long-term, sustainable solutions,” explains Andrew Borger of Leighton Properties.
HEAT is a joint venture between the QLD state government and the Australia Institute of Architects. It aims to promote the industry knowledge and innovation gained through the trying environmental conditions of the sunshine state.
Water crises, the tropical and subtropical climes and Queensland’s history of extreme freak weather events have all led to some incredible industry innovation that places the state’s architectural sector in a league of its own.
Key elements of the initiative focus on outdoor/indoor living, natural climate control solutions and the promotion of a healthy and environmentally responsible ‘Queensland’ lifestyle.
The HEAT initiative is set to receive unprecedented promotion with the recent appointment football star Darren Lockyer as the newest ambassador. With a new ambassador comes a new message and Lockyer’s, as told to the Australian, is all about the unique work that Queenslanders have to offer.
“I’ve seen a lot of architecture around the world and as other countries speak different languages so, too, there are different architectural languages,” Lockyer says. “I want to introduce people to the style of architecture we have in Queensland.”
This latest appointment can only further promote the innovative nature of this environmentally submerged architectural movement that it achieving global acclaim for both QLD’s and the Australian design sector at large.