BREATHE- a vision for MORE sustainable LIVing


BREATHE, tumby Bay

Concept design sketch sections

Brief:        Active Living Retirement Village in South Australia

Location: Tumby Bay, South Australia

Climate:  Temperate

Architect:  Third Skin

Area:  31 townhouses - three base house types                             .                      2 & 3 bedroom townhouses = 90 -145m2

The Breathe project is an exciting vision for creating an active, socially engaged and more sustainable living environment for active, over 55 y/o residents.

Located in Tumby Bay on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, the Breathe Village puts forward a model for  community living with like minded residents in architecturally designed townhouses, planned around extensive common areas and communal facilities.

Breathe is the vision of Damian Modra, building on his family's long established history of operating tourism accommodation in Tumby Bay and his passion for the Eyre Peninsula. Damian  has set out to do more than build houses for a growing number of semi-retired and retired people spending time on the Eyre Peninsula, setting out to create a better and more sustainable place to live. A place designed for a socially engaged community, with shared spaces and facilities allowing for social interaction and a connected community.

The Breathe project and Damian's vision fitted well with Habitech's aims and values, looking to build better quality and environmentally responsible houses in a socially connected community.

Looking to create special spaces, Damian had a well informed brief for a range of masterplanned homes that responded to the site and surrounds. At Breathe, we have created a range of private dwellings that interface onto communal areas and facilities in a way you can control - allowing you to engage in a connected community in the way you wish.

Habitech's building quality and thermal performance will deliver a new generation of comfort and energy efficiency to the houses at Breathe. Designed around light and garden spaces, the houses will allow residents to buffer out summer heat and keep in winter warmth, resulting in minimal energy demand and bills.

Serviced by a micro-grid run from PV solar cells on the roofs of the houses, the solar passive design, super-insulation and air-sealing of the Habitech houses will form an integral part of making the community close to self sufficient in its energy needs. Breathe is working with the University of South Australia to help develop and monitor the energy performance and carbon emission reductions of the project.

Breathe has brought together a great design team that have developed the masterplan for Breathe, with Josh Byrne of Radio National fame designing the landscape, and Kim Clarke bringing his building experience from Port Lincoln to consult on the building program for the project. Throughout the process the design brief and aims of the project were refined by Greg Hobby from Outthinking, who has worked closely with Damian in making Breathe into a reality. 

We believe Damian has a great vision for how we can live in a more sustainable and enjoyable way and are excited to be working with the design team on the project. 

A video of Damien explaining his vision for Breathe can be viewed here.