The One of a Kind Apartments is an inner-city eco-development that sits harmoniously within its neighbourhood and the environment. The seven modest but artistically finished apartments provide diverse accomodation while meeting the highest standards of comfort. The passive solar design and alignment, aluminium/PVC double-glazing and heavily insulated Hebel Panel walls help most apartments achieve EER 8.0.
The Corcon podium slab in the basement carpark has reduced the concrete required by 30% while allowing for greater spans. Hebel Panel further reduces the amount of concrete and embodied energy while producing energy efficiencies. The concrete blocks at the base of the walls consist of 40% recycled glass and all fill and aggregate throughout the development is recycled crushed concrete.
LED lighting and energy saving appliances are used throughout the development. Plantation bamboo flooring is used for most floor covering and much concrete is left polished and unadorned. Recycled Australian hardwoods are used for the stairs and the landings as well as the balcony screens. Repurposed corrugated iron roofing, some dating back to 1860, is used throughout the development for upper storey cladding, blade walls and waste enclosure.
A native xeriscape garden and deep straw mulch throughout the development reduces the requirement for water while providing a bountiful habitat for native birds and fauna. All stormwater is captured in an underground reservoir that drip-feeds all courtyards and gardens. A greenhouse provides warmth in the cold months while providing an ideal environment for an aquaponics system producing fruit and vegetables.