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Many years ago I toyed with the idea of starting an annual ‘Fugly Architectural Design Awards Byron Inc’, but the acronym (FADABinc) was never going to catch on even though the concept thrived.

However, with the advent of so many urban refugees and other cashed up people, I thought a few design pointers would be helpful.

Rule 1: (the most important one). Scream as loudly as you can ‘I don’t care, I want THREE storeys’, and eventually, amazingly, you’ll get them (remember magic happens here).

Rule 2: Your design may well therefore look like a big Ikea box that’s landed from outer space… but don’t worry just paint it black and it will disappear… incredible! (More magic).

Rule 3: Make sure your building takes up as much of the available footprint as it can, after all there’s enough greenery around elsewhere, and anyway those two remaining shrubs will look stunning against the black walls.

Rule 4: Climate change is not relevant in your case, once you cover your Melbourne Black Box with solar panels you can run the aircon 24/7 with a clear conscience.

And lastly:

Rule 5: If ignorant people question whether your design fits in with the locality, street, neighbourhood etc. just tell them it’s an ‘Architectural Statement’ and mumble something about Kevin McCloud until they go away.

How good is building in Byron!

Nick Buckley, Byron Bay

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  1. Rule 6 , whatever you do ,never consider sensible subtropical design elements like oversized eaves , reasonable roof pitches and drainage. Rule 7 . As long as it looks stunning on Instagram ignore it’s functionality ,durability and ongoing maintenance . Rule 8 , if you are as dismayed as everyone else at the behemoth you have created , Destroy it and rebuild in 5 years

  2. Yeah , there’s something about an old queenslander thats comfy and warm and inviting . Verandahs all round , set up high so underneath is a good place in a hot summer , with a big back yard for some chooks and fruit trees . Trees planted all round for shade and privacy and soft blending into the block . Big lounge room with an open fire or a wood stove . Bliss

  3. And about the writing … why write something detestable?
    “Years ago I imagined beginning an annual ‘Fugly Architectural Design Awards Byron Inc’, just because I wanted home design to go forward from ‘ugly’ but the concept was hard to present in a place where the dollar would not break into what I thought was sense. There was resistance.”


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