How the modular system works

The modular process allows us to simplify, but not compromise, individualised design to create a home to match your particular needs and site, and the demands of the Canberra climate.

Our modules are designed to connect to one another along circulation paths in a way that suits your block’s orientation and maximises northern solar access to living areas.

Designing for your block of land

Broadly speaking, block types can be divided into three categories: north to the front, north to the back, and north to the side. Understanding and considering these categories helped us to develop a modular design system that can create a comfortable home with lots of northerly solar access on any of these sites.

Why north?

Southern windows are a source of heat loss in winter. East and west facing windows can cause a house to overheat in summer. Northern windows allow the winter sun to penetrate deep into a home and can be shaded easily in summer due to the change in the sun’s angle throughout the year. During cooler months, northern windows are the perfect way to heat an insulated concrete slab so that it will re-radiate warmth into your home for many hours. In summer a simple eave can block the sun’s rays and your home will remain cool and comfortable.

Rules for composition

While the module floor plans are largely pre-designed, the positioning of windows and doors must suit your particular site and room layout. Window size and placement is critical to achieving sustainable, liveable homes in Canberra’s climate.

These glazing guidelines were developed through a collaborative approach between our architects, using a liveability and aesthetic focus, and our scientist who uses thermal performance simulations to optimise the energy efficiency and comfort of the designs.

These are the principles we apply to the different modules in your home.

Lounge and kitchen/dining

  • Two large windows/glazed doors to the north to provide winter warmth and physical connection to the garden and outdoor entertaining area.
  • Two small windows to provide cross-ventilation and visual access to the street and entry area.

Main bedroom

  • One large window/glazed door to the north for visual and/or physical connection to the garden plus lots of winter sun.
  • One small window placed to provide a second source of natural light and cross-ventilation.

Secondary bedrooms

  • Two smaller windows placed for good cross ventilation, natural lighting and warmth. In some instances one of these may be in the hallway opposite the entrance to the bedroom.

Utility rooms

  • One window to the bathroom and toilet for good natural light and ventilation.
  • A glazed door to the laundry for easy access to the garden and clothesline, plus natural light and ventilation.

Hallway/study

  • One window at desk height for natural light and visual connection to the garden.