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🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 Pixel Building

Multicoloured but green

Described as “sustainable design’s version of drag queen” – this building indeed has a vibrant and unique identity. Despite its small size, it has had a big impact as an early prototype for subsequent commercial builds.


Melbourne, Australia

🏢Building Details

  • Completed 2010: Australia’s first carbon-neutral office

  • 12,300 sq ft, 4-floors

  • First building ever to achieve 3 certifications (Australian Green Star, LEED, British Breeman) with highest possible score in each

  • $6.5 million (AUD)


✍️Architects & Engineers

  • Dylan Brady, Conductor (Owner) @ Decibel Architecture; previously Founding Director @ studio505

  • VDM


  • Iconic multicoloured, jagged façade made from translucent zero waste recycled panels: provide maximum daylight, shade, thermal insulation, and glare control

  • Generates all its own energy and water: vertical axis wind turbines (5 kW capacity) and rooftop solar panels with sun tracking system (6.3 kW capacity)

  • Smart window technology for “night purging”: automatically open at night to allow cool air to refresh structure

  • Anaerobic digester: ground level tank stores all toilet and kitchen waste; methane extracted and used for hot water heaters

🥦 Wellbeing

  • Bicycle storage and shower facilities – reduced parking to encourage healthy alternatives

  • “Night purging” system allows 100% fresh air and optimum natural ventilation

  • High ceilings with optimum levels of natural light

  • Native-planted rooftop garden fully serviced with dedicated elevator

🎈Bonus feature

A new type of environmental concrete was developed – called “Pixelcrete”. This innovative substitute is made from 100% recycled and reclaimed aggregate, halving the embodied carbon. The development of Pixelcrete has significant worldwide potential: proving green concrete stacks up.

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