18. 06. 2016 | Exhibition
Community members were given the opportunity to meet six architects and learn about designing and building homes in townships similar to Wye River and Separation Creek, at the first 6×6 architectural design exhibition and workshop in Wye River on Saturday 18 June.
Kylie Feher and Ian Weir presented the Karri Fire House, designed for a professional firefighter (station captain) and his family. They discussed the development as a ‘fire plan’ prior to the build, which was incorporated into the design.
Sited in Denmark, Western Australia, the Karri Fire House conserves and celebrates its remarkable setting by prioritising bushfire resilience above vegetation clearing. With a thorough understanding of the Australian Standard for Building in Bushfire Prone Areas, Ian and Kylie together with their client, developed a highly-integrated design wherein energy efficiency and bushfire safety features are cross-purposed.
The exhibition was curated by EdwardsMoore Architects and commissioned by the Office of the Victorian Government Architect.
A second 6×6 exhibition is scheduled to take place in Melbourne in late July.
A tip from Ian and Kylie: “It is important to consider bushfire attack levels in your design from the start. Don’t build a conventional house and hope to change it later on – and build features such as shutters that you will use every day, rather than just once in a bushfire emergency.”