Sustainable residential architecture should educate and empower a home’s users but, first, it must be accountable: for its energy needs and contributions, and for its net financial cost.
Simon has always sought to stay ahead of the sustainability curve, and to prove the enduring value of investing in beautiful, small-footprint design. Simon rejects the minimalist, white box. He designs spaces that are warm, light-filled, and for living in.
Earlier in his career Simon worked for several respected Sydney practices, with one of his most notable roles including project architect for the multi-award-winning Clovelly House. This project, which included the world’s first vertical grey water treatment system, set Simon on a path for architectural experimentation.
In founding Anderson Architecture, Simon has pursued his passion for innovation in depth. Known for first testing new materials and design innovations on private projects, he draws on this knowledge when specifying energy-saving materials and building techniques for client projects.
Simon utilises passive and active temperature control techniques and measures performance with thermal modelling tools. With data in hand, he speaks with authority on the value of sustainable design, and arms clients with the information they need to minimise their everyday environmental impact. He has a wealth of knowledge on bushfire design, learned through his own work and as volunteer member with the Rural Fire Service.
The practice’s projects have been published regularly in Green Magazine and Sanctuary.