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Innovative designs: Incubator winners

Innovative designs: Incubator winners


This article originally appeared in AR146 – available now through newsstands and digitally through Zinio.

This year’s Designbuild featured a new and intriguing component – the Incubator competition. Entrants were invited to submit applications for their innovative and exciting products, which were then judged by a panel comprising industry associations, exhibitors and visitor groups. Here, AR showcases the winners who were of particular interest to the architecture industry.



Tilt is the industrial design firm behind this automated skylight – the only operable glass skylight available on the market that can be utilised with a standard staircase. The skylight also permits an architect to include rooftop terrace access without additional increases in building height. The interactive software allows architects and clients to digitally explore the features and benefits of the Tilt skylight in a unique way, providing an opportunity to understand the range of details for successful specification. It’s possible to take a computer-animated tour of the skylight components, explore the installation process and download all the details.




MultiPanel is an Australian owned company that produces lightweight, 100 percent waterproof building panels. Claimed as the most technologically advanced construction panel on the global market, the panels replace the need for a liquid membrane. The versatile panels are manufactured from a high-density polyurethane composite material, stronger than traditional foam alternatives and fire retardant. They also have excellent thermal, insulation and acoustic properties. Pictured is a Jamie Durie-designed terrace garden on top of Melbourne’s Origin building, created to transform a concrete slab into a sustainable garden retreat. The circular timber-clad cocoon structure provides a focal point and the floating timber deck is protected by a vertical green screen, which helps to create private spaces for people to come together.



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Ligna Stone and Timbercrete are hand-crafted masonry bricks, blocks and pavers made using over 50 percent timber waste to create a lightweight, load-bearing block with high fire resistance and superior thermal insulation. The blocks are sustainable with low embodied energy and high use of waste materials, while reducing heating and cooling costs. The Ligna Group explains that the blocks are the only masonry/ concrete that acts as a carbon sink. Awarded the 2015 Product Innovation Award by the Bushfire Building Council of Australia, Timbercrete was used to build the first home constructed in a flame zone following the 2009 Victoria fires. New manufacturing processes and product applications are currently being developed, including a lightweight panel system for broader appeal.





Tractile designs, supplies and distributes innovative and sustainable roofing solutions. Tractile products are large format, lightweight, high strength, flat profile roof tiles and solar roof tiles with solar photovoltaic (electricity) and thermal (hot water) capacity integrated into the tiles. The company operates in the roofing industry and targets the pitched roof sector with an innovative and sustainable product offering. Pitched roofing refers to angles greater than five degrees. Approximately 75 percent of roofs are between 15 and 25 degrees. Tractile’s award-winning products are manufactured from composite materials that are strong, light, aesthetical, sustainable, long lasting, easy to install, extreme weather and bush fire resistant, with energy generation as an added feature.



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