Shackpalace

Design Philosophy

SIZE - THE BIGGER PICTURE

Australia has one of the largest home sizes in the world: at an average of 231 square meters, (compared to the UK at 76 square meters) despite the number of inhabitants virtually halving over the last hundred years - down to 2.4 per household.  


HANDMADE / STICK BY STICK

Our homes are becoming more and more factory processed. Some see this as progress with possible cost saving benefits, particularly in the more extreme case of prefab home building which is becoming increasingly popular.  We are not so sure about this direction, and in fact we see the benefits of going back to a more hand built, stick by stick or brick by brick process.


THE NEW PLAN

There exists an infinite number of layouts and room functions that are possible in the design process of a home. We've been increasingly convinced of the 'right' size and shape of a standard house, but designing a home is creative journey, with no right answer. 


WHAT IT'S MADE FROM

‘Progress’ needs to always be questioned, or we may head somewhere that sucks out our humanity, and this definitely applies to the materials we use to build our homes. 


COSTS/ HOW MUCH TO SPEND

Housing prices, including construction have increased at a rate greater than the average income, so some clear understanding of costs and budget are imperative at the very beginning of each project.


BEAUTY / ON THE OUTSIDE + INSIDE

There is often a misconception that the more clever bits a building has on it, the better it will look. 
This is not always the case – real beauty is often found when focusing on the simplest solution that is liveable and sustainable.  This is always the most authentic path, and authenticity generally reflects beauty. 


PLANTING / IN + OUT

Blending nature from out to in, creates spaces that allow you to breathe in fresh air. For most people, the largest proportion of our lives are spent indoors despite the outdoors often being a healthier environment. 


POWER TO YOU

According to Zero Carbon Australia (ZCA), the good news is that demand for electricity in Australia, and CO2 emission intensity are falling fast. This is particularly timely, given that Australia has the highest emission intensity and therefore greatest carbon exposure than any developed economy.