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New Award
Feb 21, 2021

Edgars Creek House highly commended at the IDEA Awards

Highly Commended at The Interior Design Excellence Awards 2021 in the Residential New category, Edgars Creek House is all about a connection to nature. The materiality of the house responds to its bushland context. A rammed earth wall shields the south of the house, and talks to the sandstone cliffs of the creek below. The pavilions of the home sit among the Ironbark trees and are clad in raw Ironbark themselves.

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Tom Ross
New Award
Feb 12, 2021
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Arkadia recognised as a finalist in the Banksia Sustainability Awards

Arkadia has been recognised as a finalist at this year’s Banksia Sustainability Awards. The longest-running sustainability awards in the world, the Banksia Awards seek out and recognise innovation and leadership through the lens of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These global goals aim to unite the world businesses, governments and citizens to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and protect the planet.⁠⁠

At its core, Arkadia was designed to be environmentally and socially sustainable, while capturing the memory of its past. Revealing the history of the site are nearly half a million recycled bricks paying homage to the clay quarries and brick factories that stood there in centuries past. The entire project is 100% electric allowing for an entirely renewable, carbon free energy source.⁠⁠ Award winners will be announced in March 2021.

View our full list of awards.

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Earle Carter

Jeremy McLeod joins Joost Bakker for Future Food System

Legend, visionary, designer, sustainability advocate and anti-waste crusader Joost Bakker has reimagined the home as an ecosystem that provides shelter, energy and nourishment for its inhabitants by creating Future Food System at Federation Square in Melbourne. ⁠⁠Future Food System is a two-bedroom home made from sustainable materials. It's self sustaining, 100% zero waste and productive, demonstrating the potential of our homes to provide shelter, produce food, generate energy and to show a new way to live.⁠

Jeremy McLeod joins Joost to discuss the materials used to build Future Food System. Watch the discussion here.

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Four Pillars’ Healesville distillery and Cellar Door is getting a Breathe expansion

Breathe are joining forces with Four Pillars Gin to deliver a new world class facility directly adjacent to their current home in Healesville that will incorporate new hospitality, production, bottling, a spectacular events space and a special sensory surprise!⁠⁠

Importantly, this project will see Four Pillars continue their commitment to sustainability and community with the implementation of new sustainability initiatives and the creation of countless local jobs.⁠⁠ Due for completion at the end of this year, the new development will place Four Pillars, the winner of International Gin Producer of the Year in 2019 and 2020, on the global distillery destination map, with a first-class, unique facility just an hour’s drive from Melbourne’s CBD.

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Kate Longley

Breathe releases Reconciliation Action Plan

Breathe are committed to a reconciled, just and equitable Australia. We recognise the role we play in turning our intentions into clear actions and are pleased to have finalised our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). We are in the early stages of our journey and have established a working committee to help create a workplace culture that understands, values and respects the true history of this country and the cultures and contributions of First Nations peoples, to develop respectful relationships and create meaningful opportunities with First Nations peoples.

View the Reconciliation Action Plan (PDF)

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Kate Longley

Jeremy McLeod elected to National Council

Design Director, Jeremy McLeod has been elected to the Australian Institute of Architects National Council. Climate action and helping the industry lead the way to a decarbonised future for the built environment are number one on the agenda.

Completed Project
Jan 14, 2021
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Kate Longley

Let’s Melbourne Again

⁠Our first community project of the year is complete! Lily and Henry opened Theodore's just over a year ago. ⁠They bought responsibly sourced, local and seasonal food and drinks to the people of Brunswick and they always made us feel welcome.⁠

Like most of Melbourne’s hospitality, Covid hit them really hard.⁠ They didn’t give up, instead they transformed into Ted’s Grocer, providing that same fresh produce for local households. Now, in 2021, they’ve found a way to bring Theodore’s back to us. Breathe worked with them to create a place for outdoor dining and a place for people by activating the street.⁠

We would like to thank Taubmans who generously donated paint from their new Chromatic Joy collection to add colour to the space. We would like to thank Moreland City Council for working through the street closure with the local community.⁠We would like to thank BREC for illuminating Saxon Street with magical street lights.⁠

Lastly, we would like to thank the brilliant local community for supporting Theodore’s through the good times and the hard times, for having your buildings painted to create an immersive place and importantly, for coming together on a hot summers day to paint the street, to claim it back for everybody.⁠

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Architect: Breathe and the climate challenge

The most recent issue of Architect examines how climate change will (have to) change architecture. Breathe’s own Jeremy McLeod and Madeline Sewall sat down with The Australian Institute of Architects to discuss the importance and value of being a carbon neutral practice.⁠

You can read the entire Climate Action edition for free online.

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Carbon neutral in 2020

In 2020, over 200 architecture practices answered the call to get their own houses in order and made a commitment to go carbon neutral. Despite being one of the toughest years Australia has seen, these practices have shown that building a sustainable future is a number one priority.⁠

We are so energised by the work the architecture community has achieved, working together to make real, positive change towards the climate crisis.⁠

Going carbon neutral is way easier than you think: a three step process is all it takes. Head over to Architects Declare Australia to download their Guide to Going Carbon Neutral. ⁠

Completed Project
Dec 1, 2020
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Anthony Richardson

Residents move into Breese Street by Milieu

Residents of Breese Street by Milieu have begun to move into their new homes nicely in time for the holiday season. These lucky folk will enjoy a fossil fuel-free and carbon neutral building designed to foster community and naturally advocate sustainable living. Breese Street is a collaboration from DKO Architects and Breathe Architecture for Milieu.

View the Breese Street project page.

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The Power of Two Podcast with Jeremy McLeod & Tamara Veltre

During Melbourne’s lockdown, Tim Ross (virtually) sat down with Breathe Co-Founders Jeremy McLeod and Tamara Veltre to chat about what it's like living and working together. We learn about their first meeting at a local Melbourne pool and delve into the groundbreaking Nightingale project that sparked a housing revolution.

Listen to the interview on YouTube.

New Award
Nov 1, 2020
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Arkadia continues its winning streak

Completed early this year, Arkadia has swept up a bunch of awards in 2020 recognising the project’s innovative approach to architecture, environment and community.  Along with DKO Architecture and Oculus, we are proud to announce Arkadia has won the NSW Architecture Award for Sustainable Architecture and the People Choice Award for Life; 2020 NSW Landscape Architecture Awards for Gardens; Gold medal at the 2020 Sydney Design Awards for Architecture – Multi-Residential; 2020 Good Design Awards Best In Class – Architectural Commercial and Residential and the award for Sustainability; 2020 Think Brick Award for Landscape amongst others!

View our full list of awards.

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The Architect’s Bookshop: Isolation Talk with Jeremy McLeod

During 2020’s lockdown, The Architect’s Bookshop hosted a series of Isolation Talks focusing on the excellence of Australian Architecture grown from geographical isolation. Breathe Director Jeremy McLeod was guest on the eighth talk in the series. Watch a recording of the conversation/presentation on Youtube.