6 Oct

Why people will live in 38sq m lots on the Gold Coast

first_imgAn artist’s impression of the Envi terrace home development.The local process engineer said she and her husband, who works away, came across the Envi Urban Microvillage during their house hunt.“We had been looking at packages, but land on the Gold Coast was out of our price range,” Ms Nutt said.“We started looking at apartments and townhouses but I’m not keen on body corporate, and some apartments that were 60sq m, we were still looking at half a million dollars to buy.”At just 38sq m in size, the smallest Envi terrace lot has a price tag to match, of just $300,000.The home will have slightly bigger dimensions — the finished residence will be about 67sq m and be one of ten terrace homes available in the Envi village. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours agoGold Coast architect Amy Degenhart was a short-listed entry in the World Architecture Festival Awards for ‘The Micro’ model, built northwest of Brisbane.Mrs Nutt is preparing for her ‘urban pod’ slab on lot five to be poured early next year, with an anticipated move in around August.“We were able to design the kitchen and tailor the internal storage to suit our needs,” said Mrs Nutt.The micro lot is believed to be the smallest freehold residential lots in Australia, and is comparatively tiny on the Gold Coast, where the average size of new developments is 462sq m. Wendy Nutt has purchased one of the smallest residential lot developments in Australia, in Southport. Photo by Richard GoslingA STANDARD residential lap pool. A living room in a Sovereign Islands home. The master bedroom and ensuite of a Main Beach penthouse. You wouldn’t think those dimensions would fit an entire home, but that’s exactly what new buyer Wendy Nutt is preparing to move into in Southport, and she isn’t at all concerned about a downsize.“I currently rent a single converted garage, so I live in 22sq m at the moment,” she said.“You don’t really need that much space, we find that if you have space you fill it.” The design for Envi came from a “three-metre wide by nine metre terrace home in Vietnam”.Occupiers of Envi have chosen from the ‘pico pod’ — a one-bedroom, two-bathroom abode, the two-bedroom, one-bathroom ‘micro terrace’, and larger ‘urban pod’ (two-bedroom, two-bathroom) and ‘village home’ (three-bedroom, one study, two-bathroom). The terrace homes feature a free flowing design, open timber stairs, higher ceilings and glazing on the front and back to encourage air and light cross-flow.Already, seven of the micro homes have sold, with the remaining three under contract. Living small can have its appeal.Comparatively on the Gold Coast, the owner of the smallest Envi microlot will pay about $4,477 per square metre of liveable space.Not only does the Envi project give the developing Gold Coast an opportunity to tap into the micro market, but also lead the way and potentially see high rises replaced by terrace homes.“This is one of the first micro lots that are post town-planning and on a high rise lot,” said Ms Degenhart.“They may be on small lots, but half as much can be twice as good when it comes to combining architectural design and touches of luxury, with prime Gold Coast real estate, a central location and an affordable price tag.”Ms Degenhart’s developer client has pitched the design to an international audience, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, in the United States.“It’s quite revolutionary and a pilot study for what can be achieved,” Ms Degenhart said. Wendy Nutt will own the land and there will be no ongoing body corporate expenses. Photo by Richard Gosling“You’ve got your terrace homes in Melbourne that are about four metres wide and have been around for ages, and that’s where the name Envi came from, because the Gold Coast missed out during that period of time,” said Amy Degenhart, director of architect Degenhartshedd.“We were looking at New York, Sydney and Melbourne, and were envious in terms of their terrace homes.”Ms Degenhart said older, established cities around the world were able to introduce terrace homes pre-town planning. The design was inspired by a terrace home in Vietnam.The tiny house trend has emerged across the world, as an answer to increasing populations and property prices. America offers the most bang for your buck, with a median micro house (152sq m and less) price of $155,455. In London, affordable housing developer Pocket specialises in 38 sqm, one-bedroom apartments that carry an average price tag of $550,827.Demand in Sydney’s housing market saw a 155sq m block with approved plans for a tri-level, two-bedroom home in Freshwater sell earlier this month for $500,000. Construction costs were estimated to be $450,000.Collated property data revealed Sydney-siders are paying between $6,000 to $11,000 per square metre for a standard apartment, depending on suburb density.last_img read more

25 Sep

Gov’t troops overrun ‘NPA lair’ in Negros

first_imgThe suspected NPA lair is located akilometer from the crime scene where four Intelligence Personnel of theRegional Mobile Force Battalion were brutally murdered last July 18, 2019 inSitio Yamut, Barangay Mabato in the same town./PN During the clearing operations, thetroops recovered nine switches and five pieces detonators, which are often usedin making improvised explosive device. The local terrorists allegedly leftthe lair in the boundary of sitios Yamut and Talaptapan in Barangay Mabato,Ayungon when the troops arrived in the area. BACOLOD City – An alleged hideout ofthe New People’s Army (NPA) in a hinterland village of Barangay Ayungon, NegrosOriental was seized after an encounter between a military offensive  and communist guerrillas. Lieutenant Colonel Randy Pagunuran,commanding officer of the 94IB, said the report of the barangay residents is anindication of their need for peace. “This clearly shows that the civilians do not like the presence of NPAterrorists in their area. They are now cooperating and doing their part inorder to make the communities peaceful and free from NPA influence,” saidPagunuran. Included in the lists of seized itemswere the following: a pair of rain boots; rain coat; a coil of utility rope;two saws for metal and steel, an axe, and a hammer.center_img In a statement released to the media,the troops said the resting place of the suspected rebels can accommodate 15persons. A portable generator, three rifle scopes,a medical kit, a pair of handcuffs, one pouch and eight T-shirts printed withNPA logo were also recovered during the operations. Soldiers also found “subversivedocuments with high intelligence value along with other personnal belongings.” Operating troops of the PhilippineArmy’s 94th Infantry Battalion (94IB) conducted the security operations around11:40 a.m. on Wednesday after civilians reported about the presence of armedmen in the village. last_img read more

29 Aug

H1Z1 Pro League unveils 15 teams competing in inaugural season

first_imgAllianceCloud9CounterLogicGamingEcho Fox The H1Z1 Pro League™ (H1PL), the first professional battle royale esports league, has today unveiled the 15 charter teams that will compete in its inaugural season beginning April 21st in Las Vegas. The H1PL also announced that it will be working with Facebook to exclusively broadcast all digital content. Notably too, Caesars Entertainment will be the official venue and entertainment partner.  The H1PL will operate as a joint venture between a game publisher, Daybreak Game Company, and an independent league operator in Twin Galaxies LLC. Jace Hall, Co-Chairman of Twin Galaxies commented: “Our goal with H1PL is to take the leap from Esports 1.0 to 2.0, establishing a league where for the first time in esports history, everyone participates in success – the fans, the players, the teams and all of our supporting partners.“The battle royale format has quickly become the most popular and entertaining multi-player video game genre, and we’re confident that the H1PL will drive fan engagement and excitement to even higher levels through the use of groundbreaking production techniques along with access to Facebook’s global gaming community.”For those keen to hear more from Jace, the Co-chairman of Twin Galaxies was the guest on the Esports Roundtable podcast discussing the H1Z1 Pro League a few weeks back. You can have a read and listen to that here.The calibre of the teams which have signed on to join the H1PL is impressive, and it’s nice to see some European teams included too. The teams will compete over the course of two, 10-week “splits” at Caesars Entertainment Studios. This is a 50,000 square foot production facility closer to the Vegas Strip designed for full-scale feature film, television show and live esports event productions. H1PL is the first esports league to name Las Vegas as its home city, but it’s the city that is already the home of Rogue and the upcoming esports venue at the Luxor. The teams joining the H1PL inaugural season are: Noble EsportsObey AllianceRogue GamingSetToDestroyX Epsilon EsportsGankStarsImpact GamingLuminositycenter_img Team SoloMidTempo StormVitality The H1PL will livestream all competition via Facebook Live throughout the season. H1PL and Facebook have also promised a ‘variety of community-focused features to augment the viewing experience, such as  the curation and granting of free, redeemable in-game rewards’ for fans that tune-in during H1PL streams throughout the week. Patrick Chapman, Manager of Esports Partnerships at Facebook stated: “The battle royale genre is fast becoming one of the most popular and accessible gaming categories to both watch and play, and we’re excited to help this brand-new league for H1Z1 grow its community on Facebook. “The league’s primary focus to engage and support players and fans aligns closely to our commitment to help build the world’s community for people to play, watch and share the games they love.”The Twin Galaxies Esports Arena, inside Caesars Entertainment Studios, will host the matches each week on a Wednesday, with the exception of Split 1 which’ll kick things off on Saturday April 21st, and fans will be able to attend in-person should they find themselves in Sin City. This is the studio which hosted the Gears Pro Circuit™ Las Vegas Open this past June. “Caesars Entertainment strives to partner with some of the most important esports events in the world, and we couldn’t be more proud to host H1PL,” said Christian Stuart, Caesars Entertainment Executive Vice President of Gaming and Interactive Entertainment. “The combination of an intimate venue, like Caesars Entertainment Studios, and a jaw-dropping production set will deliver a unique experience for anyone who wants to see what competitive gaming is all about. This partnership further solidifies our commitment to esports and builds on our strategy to be at the cutting edge in all forms of interactive entertainment.”Daybreak Games and Twin Galaxies announced their joint venture to create the H1Z1 Pro League in October of last year. Twin Galaxies Pro League Division is establishing a League Governance Committee for the H1PL; this is comprised of an independent league commissioner, a representative from Twin Galaxies and from Daybreak Game Company, and both a team ownership and H1PL player’s representative chosen by their respective peers. The H1PL League Governance Committee will be responsible for defining, modifying, and enforcing all rules and regulations for the league.Mark Tuttle, Director of Esports at Daybreak Games noted: “The H1Z1 Pro League will bring together the best players in the world to compete in the adrenaline-filled spectacle that is H1Z1, and we can think of no other city that matches the energy and excitement of battle royale than Las Vegas.“With our announcement today that H1Z1 is now free to play, the stage is set for a robust and active community ready to tune into the H1PL every week.”The H1Z1 Pro League, plans for which were first announced in October 2017, will include a guaranteed player minimum salary, team owner and player representation on the governance committee, along with a comprehensive “Player Bill of Rights” and a revenue sharing model. Esports Insider says: The battle to be the king of battle royale esports titles intensifies with a well-backed, supported and seemingly well organised pro league structure for H1Z1. It’ll be interesting to see how many come along with its location in Vegas, but with the teams they have involved and the structures in place it looks like they’re committed and in it for the long haul.last_img read more