Troppo is one of many architects designing for specific environments
And what happens when these carefully designed, specially customised homes come up for sale?
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Toni Kostas and Sascha Smithett, who are both sales professionals at Real Estate Central in Darwin, have listed several Troppo homes over the years and say that while they are loved and adored by many they are also criticised by others.
A Troppo property in Darwin suburb of Coconut Grove
Toni and Sascha say that while open homes for these residences are always very well patronised with interested viewers, the homes do tend to suit a specific and special type of buyer.
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Troppo designer home in the Darwin suburb of Nightcliff
have a unique aesthetic they look very different to a typical elevated home.
Toni and Sascha agree that these types of buildings evoke a lot of passion in buyers.
That said, they do see an "amazing response" to any homes (not just Troppo designed homes) with environmental features, such as solar panels, whirly birds, sun roofs, use of natural light and crossflow ventilation to capture breezes.
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The tough NT conditions mean that Troppo attempt to cyclone proof their buildings with specific materials and building methods.
"You either love them or hate them!" they say.
They say this is typically somebody who wants to embrace and work with the truly dramatic nature of Australia's Top End climate.
"Their eclectic nature means that they appeal to a smaller demographic than our standard elevated home but they are usually snapped up for a higher than average price because of the attached status and their aspirational nature," Toni and Sascha say.
Are specially designed homes in demand?
Where does environmentally minded housing rank on most buyer's checklists?
Toni and Sascha say that while people are more educated about the effects our day to day living has on the environment this education is yet to have a big impact on the way buyers in Darwin are purchasing.
Troppo buildings challenge many traditional ideas of what a home should look like. For instance, Toni and Sascha says they often embody "open plan" living to the extent that walls are missing from areas where buyers would expect to find delineation between rooms.
Things like hot dipped galvanised steel to ensure safety in high category cyclones, box gutters fabricated in stainless steel to prevent corrosion, a paint system designed to withstand the most aggressive marine environments, a special water resistant ground level wall lining and heat insulation well above Australian standard minimum.
What do buyers think of them?
Darwin environmentally designed homes
Things like orientation, aspect, sustainable design and even the building materials can all make a difference to a home's running costs, performance, and the experience of Air Max 90 Laser Blue Og living in it.
"People are definitely intrigued by the designs and usually awestruck by the possibilities they present but can be sometimes overwhelmed by the non conformist nature of the designs" they say.
They also incorporate more obvious and visible sustainable elements like native gardens with local hand picked shrubbery, self cooling systems that don't require air conditioning, and a roof designed to generate solar electricity to make the most of the NT's sunshine.
We asked some Darwin real estate agents about their experiences selling some homes designed specifically to withstand the harsh environment of Australia Top End.
Everyone knows the importance of making sure a home is suited to it's environment, but few actually have the experience of living in a home that is designed to do just that.
Why good design adds value
They are usually snapped up for a higher than average price because of the attached status and their aspirational nature
focusedTroppo Architects have developed a practice designing properties specifically to maximise and withstand tropical weather conditions.
While they might appeal to a smaller market these kinds of specialised properties can still command a premium price.
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