Images: Modulus at Bellevue, courtesy Modulus Luxury Residential
According to Modulus Luxury Residential, we are living in a time of rapid transition, and they use this belief to fuel their exploration into new opportunities for how we live and the types of houses we live in.
This type of exploration has a goal in mind - Modulus wants the ability to provide a sustainable lifestyle in a smart, luxurious home that is connected to nature and supported by state-of-the-art technology.
It is a vision that Modulus has made reality in recent time. The fruits of their labour is known as 'Modulus at Bellevue' - a development at Bellevue Hill, New South Wales which offers 'green luxury' through its ten apartments that range from penthouse, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom, designed by Rob Miriams of Fender Katsalidis Miriams Architects.
But Modulus isn't done yet. They want their Bellevue project to do something Australia has never seen: Modulus
at Bellevue aspires to be the first ever 6 Star Green Star and PassivHaus certified project.
“We aspire to be the lifestyle choice for the modern world. Our customers desire a stress free life, connection to the environment and have an indulgence for wellness, incorporating meditation, exercise and emotional happiness,” Modulus Creative Director Felicia Whiting said.
The PassivHaus accreditation requires that both the design and construction teams design and construct the building so that it is thermally efficient and that the internal environment is comfortable for occupants in a passive way, which saves valuable resources. Items considered include:
With their new vision of the Australian dream, Modulus aims to combine the positive attributes of a freestanding house into apartment style living, utilising sophisticated infrastructure to enable the sustainable use of resources and wellness.
"What differentiates a freestanding home – the quintessential Australian dream – from an apartment?" Whiting asked.
"A freestanding home is likely to have more natural light, to have fresh air in every room, more opportunity for an indoor/outdoor garden connection, and often a greater level of spatial separation from neighbours.
"Sustainable houses embrace the world’s changes and are best able to capture the evolving opportunities as a result. Houses that have longevity, that produce energy and collect and re-use water, and that are carefully composed with thoughtful consideration to materiality are the future."
Whiting said Modulus homes allow for the changing needs of people and a changing environment.
"A sense of natural abundance and connection with nature for example is prioritised in their design through a series of verdant gardens on roofs, balconies and at ground level that wrap the luxury apartments. In each garden, at every elevation, plants are edible and supported by recycled water."
Modulus strives to make these gardens sustainable, beautiful and productive as edible forests.
"The Modulus unique approach to building systems, infrastructure and technology in a luxury residential offering has never been done before in Australia," Felicia Whiting said.
According to Rob Miriams from Fender Katsalidis Miriams, the design embeds a number of key initiatives of sustainability including its construction methodology, appropriately sourced materials and a high level of building performance. Passive solar design reduces reliance on active energy systems and optimises water use.
"The architecture of this project is bold and rich in materiality. It is crafted to create a sculptural form sitting comfortably in its surroundings,” he said