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.
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!