GRUEN ARCHITECTURE CREATES HIGHLY CRAFTED SPACES THAT SET THE BENCHMARK FOR ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIVE DESIGN.
Gruen Architecture specialises in bespoke, energy efficient & sustainable buildings, including residential, educational buildings, commercial and co-housing projects. Designing buildings that sit lightly on the earth. We create highly crafted spaces that set the benchmark for environmentally responsive design.
We specialise in using Passive House principles on all our projects whether they are to be certified on not. With Seven Certified Passive House Designers on our team, we are equipped with expert knowledge in designing buildings that meet strict standards for sustainability. Through analysis and calculations, they work with the architects and designers to create structures that are built to last and to withstand the challenges of a changing environment.
Our Purpose is to make energy efficient and sustainable spaces a staple in the Australian landscape.
We have a passion for considered design with a focus on Health & Sustainability.
We love what we do.
We use our creativity to resolve complex design challenges.
We are innovative and embrace the latest building science, new technologies and building techniques.
We are not afraid to take action and keep learning and growing.
We focus on the individual client's design brief, budget constraints and involve them in the design process.
We are family, we support one another. We value our work life balance.
We are making a positive impact on the environment
FEATURED IN SANCTUARY MAGAZINE
Cascading down the site with an enthusiasm that can only be matched by its owners passion for sustainable design is what could be Australia’s first passive house certified hempcrete home...
BY NAT WIDERA
Upon entering the space one is immediately immersed in an alternative peach universe: Suspended circular pendants are a representation of ripe peaches hanging from the pink ceiling and walls are also dipped in a pale pastel peach...
A Co-housing village of 35 dwellings which will all be, highly environmentally and socially sustainable...
ABOUT OUR FOUNDERS
Simone's Architectural studies in Germany were deeply rooted in the PassivHaus movement, which prioritizes energy efficiency and thermal comfort in home and building design. Upon moving to Australia in 2007, Simone was surprised to find homes that were too cold in winter and too hot in summer. This motivated her to educate people about the benefits of German-style building and design, leading her to found Gruen Eco Design in 2013. With over 300 homes designed for Australian clients, Simone focuses on creating thermally comfortable, energy efficient, safe, and resilient homes that meet her clients' unique needs.
Mellissa Aves, on the other hand, has been creating captivating spaces that work with the unique Australian climate and lifestyle since 2005. With extensive architecture experience in both Victoria and Queensland, Mellissa believes that a project should consider its environmental and societal context to create meaningful spaces for occupants. She sees a home as a connection between private aspirations, the community, and living things, and designs spaces that are backed by science and nature, with foresight for future resilience.
Mellissa and Simone have partnered to found Gruen Architecture, where they lead a diverse team in designing thermally comfortable and resilient spaces that sit harmoniously with the Australian environment. As Certified Passive House Designers, Simone and Mellissa strive to make energy efficient spaces a staple in the Australian landscape, ensuring that all buildings they design are as energy efficient and resilient as possible.
INTERIORS BY NAT WIDERA
Nat is one half of the talented and award winning interiors design duo, Pierce Widera. Nat has now teamed up with Gruen Architecture to bring elegance to the architectural style of Gruen. Nat brings her wealth of architecture and design experience across a variety of scales and sectors, including hospitality, commercial and residential.
She enjoys working closely with our clients and guiding them to help produce bespoke spaces that compliment Gruen Architectures buildings and reflects the style of its inhabitants.
OFFERING ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES, INTERIOR DESIGN, PASSIVE HOUSE SERVICES AND SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTING ALL OVER AUSTRALIA.