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AAA Short Black Talk: The Wayside Chapel: TW1501

Tone Wheeler
Formal CPD
2 Hours - FORMAL
Duration: 01:08:02

In this AAA Short Black talk Tone Wheeler of environa studio, discusses how the unique community building, the Wayside Chapel, was planned, designed and constructed.

Winner of the AIA (Australian Institute of Architects)NSW Architecture Awards 2014 Lord Mayor's Prize and the Milo Dunphy Award for Sustainable Architecture 2014, the Wayside Chapel was also the winner of the IDEA Interior Design Excellence Awards - Sustainability Award 2014, and was previously awarded the 2004 Francis Greenway Society Green Building Gold Medal.

The design adheres to practice ethos of 'Long life, loose fit, low impact', with the spaces within the building specifically designed to easily enable users to adjust and adapt spaces to meet changing needs over time.

Quoting the AIA Jury, 'What makes this building stand out has been the additional emphasis on less mainstream aspects of sustainability, including a green roof to grow fruit and vegetable crops for the onsite cafe and the use of colours and materials to influence occupant mood and wellbeing - all based on solid research,' 

  • Understand how the principles of sustainability can be applied to diverse building types
  • Gain insight into how the success of community architecture relies on the understanding and adoption of clear principles and requirements of the client
  • Appreciate how bespoke building costs can be contained with innovation and clear guiding principles.
Recognised by the NSW ARB, ARB of Victoria, BA of Qld, AB of WA, Work Stds Tas, APB of SA, PIA, AILA & BDA

  • Tone Wheeler is an architect, author, educator and consultant with an abiding interest in environmentally sustainable design (esd). in the mid seventies at the university of sydney he coordinated and assisted in the construction of the "autonomous house", a working example of a low energy house constructed entirely from recycled materials.
    upon graduation tone worked for the australian government in canberra where he designed a range of low cost social housing that won the r.a.i.a residential design award (c s daley medal) in 1980. for the last twenty five years he has worked in his own practice.

    tone is a past chair of the raia national environment committee, is currently on the institute ‘sustainabilty committee’ and recently retired from the board of ABSA (association of building sustainability assessors) after a ten year association. he is a current board member of the building professionals board.

    tone has taught extensively over the last 25 years, he has been on the faculty of 3 universities, is a sustainability advocate and frequent speaker at architectural conferences and seminars, has been a judge on ‘the new inventors’ program on ABC Television, and can be heard on the ABC radio program ‘the woodies’.