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Designing for flexibility

We all know that the environmental cost of any construction is impactful at some level, however the manner in which a building may need to change and adapt during its life is not always considered in the initial design stage.

The Macquarie University Incubator | Education architecture

Featured in Architecture Australia, Architectus’ Macquarie University Incubator demonstrates how future change can become a powerful driver for the architectural solution, rather than focusing purely on a solution for “day one”.

Designing for flexibility to accommodate significant change can be challenging, given future scenarios are unknown. Buildings risk rapid obsolescence if they are not able to accommodate future changes efficiently and economically. The effect on the environment of inflexible building stock is significant with millions of tonnes of construction and demolition waste sent to landfill every year.


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