Inside This Sydney Apartment Made With Recycled Materials
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Inside This Sydney Apartment Made With Recycled Materials

How ‘green ceramics’ could revolutionise the future of building.

By Terry Christodoulou
Thu, Mar 18, 2021Grey Clock 2 min

The push for more sustainable building practices has been met by an industry-first apartment made using waste materials.

Australian property group Mirvac recently revealed the revolutionary Pavilions apartment at Sydney Olympic Park which boasts flooring, wall tiles, kitchen and lighting features, furniture and artworks all made from waste glass and textiles.

The new apartment utilises ‘green ceramics’, a process developed by Mirvac and UNSW’s Centre of Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) led by waste technology pioneer, Professor Veena Sahajwalla.

Green ceramics takes problematic waste materials, predominantly waste and textiles, and reforms them into new products through a combination of heat and compression. In the Pavilions apartment, all tiles are made from yellow bin glass and textiles, by way of example.

“In Australia, the building industry is responsible for around 60 per cent of the waste we generate,” Ms Lloyd Hurqitz, Mirvac CEO and managing director said.

“At Pavilions,  we have been able to demonstrate a better way to build, using reformed waste, which not only helps our industry but provides a valuable second life for the mountains of glass and clothing, much of which would otherwise find its way to landfill.”

The next stage in the SMaRT centre collaboration is to investigate opportunities to establish a facility to enable local sourcing and manufacture of waste into green ceramics.

The SMaRT centre is also assisting Mirvac on its other development sites in Sydney, identifying materials that can be diverted to recycling or reforming before demolition works begin.

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When people talk about making a seachange, chances are this is the kind of property on the NSW South Coast that they have in mind.

Open for inspection for the first time this Saturday, 24 Point Street Bulli offers rare absolute beachfront, with never-to-be-built-out north facing views of the ocean. Located on the tip of Sandon Point, this two-storey property is a surfer’s dream with one of Australia’s most iconic surf breaks just beyond the back wall.

On the lower floor at street level, there are three bedrooms and two bathrooms, including a family bathroom and an ensuite in the master suite. A fourth bedroom is on the upper floor, along with the main living area, and is serviced by its own bathroom. 

While this would make a spectacular holiday home, it is well equipped for day-to-day living, with a spacious gourmet kitchen and butler’s pantry set into the articulated open plan living area on the first floor. A separate media room to the street side of the property on this level provides additional living space. 

Every aspect of this property has been considered to take in the light and views, with high ceilings internally and spacious, north facing decks on both levels to take in views of rolling waves. If the pull of the ocean is irresistible, it’s just a 100m walk to feel the sand between your toes.

The house is complemented by a Mediterranean, coastal-style garden, while the garage has room for a workshop and two car spaces.

An easy walk to Bulli village, the property is a 20 minute drive from the major hub of Wollongong and just over an hour to Sydney.

 

Open: Saturday August 6 2pm-3pm Auction: Saturday September 3 Price guide: N/A but expected to exceed $5.3m paid in March for 1 Alroy Street 

Contact: McGrath Thirroul – Vanessa Denison-Pender, 0488 443 174