Sustainable renovation of the Hive apartment by Zvi Belling

This building is located in Melbourne and it has been recently renovated. It was a project designed by Zvi Belling of ITN Architects. It was a green and sustainable project and the building even got a bold exterior design. Local graffiti artist Prowla was asked to come up with the lettering for the exterior part that spells HIVE.

This unusual apartment was originally a tailor shop. It was then renovated and turned into this lovely home. It features a brick façade decorated with letters, arrows and drips of concrete. The graffiti-style façade is modern and unique and not something most people design from the beginning. The letters were among the first things that were installed, even before most of the renovation started. The apartment has quickly become a point of reference in the neighborhood. Its bold and eye-catching and the exterior acts like a shield for the quiet and calm interior.

The renovation wasn’t just bold but also sustainable. The architect tried to come up with a plan that would have as little impact on the environment as possible. He sued louvered ports that help with the cross ventilation and covered with sliding panels. The doors were designed in a way that allows them to reduce temperature exchanges between rooms and thus reducing the energy needed to regulate the temperature. Electricity is provided by a solar panel system installed on the roof and rainwater is collected in a tank below the car park area.

Published by in Apartments, on June 28th, 2012


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