Lumen Studio

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Business Category: Alterntive Building, Architect, and Project ManagementBusiness Tags: adelaide, architect, and consulting

  • Profile

    Lumen Studio is a boutique, multi-disciplinary architecture and sustainability practice celebrating all things light. Modern, award winning architecture and design with sustainability as a core driver, are seamlessly integrated.

    Lumen Studio also provides a valued sustainability consulting service, reviewing buildings and homes, to determine possible upgrades that can greatly improve the comfort, energy and water efficiencies of a property.

    Each review involves a detailed audit of many building and fitout components, including site & orientation specifics, materials & construction and internal components, with a discussion on possible upgrade paths. These reviews can also be undertaken on design documents for homes/building under design and before construction – it is never too late to boost improvements.

    With energy efficiency being the most cost-effective way of reducing your carbon footprint, reducing your energy load is highly recommended as a step to undertake first, particularly prior to calculating and purchase of of costly solar panels or battery storage systems.

    Architect Julian has 20 years experience working as an architect in the sustainability realm and has consulted to many private and commercial clients, to state and local government, has presented as expert witness to the ERD court and teaches in architecture and sustainability subjects at Adelaide Uni and Uni SA.

    Julian’s design experience ranges from residential to commercial, inner urban to rural and coastal, standalone to multi-unit. Lumen does new projects as well as renovations and refits. Our sustainability consulting and design review can help boost the performance of your project before it is built and review possible upgrades to existing buildings.

    Art, Architecture & Sustainability – because green design should delight.


  • More Info
    Green / Eco / Sustainable Certifications:

    REET 'Energy Friends' trained
    Archicentre accredited Architect
    GBCA Greenstar training

    Qualifications & Memberships:

    Australian Institute of Architects A+ member
    Registered with the Architectural Practice Board of SA
    Alternative Technology Association member
    Carbon Neutral Adelaide founding partner

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  • Reviews

    5 Reviews on “Lumen Studio”

    1. Norm Rhode Lumen Studio
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      Project Date: July 2017
      Julian has done some consulting and advocacy for our eco-village when facing severe over shadowing from a proposed neighbouring development.
      His expert sustainable-design knowledge around sun paths and solar shading allowed us to see the full extent of the impacts.
      In conjunction with presentations from community residents, Julian presented his findings to Council DAP and then to the ERD Court. His professional advice and services were pivotal in recognising the actual impacts of the proposal, ultimately helping lead to the rejection of the proposal’s application.

    2. Jo Thomas Lumen Studio
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      Project Date: March 2015
      Julian’s expertise in modelling the impact of overshadowing allowed us to fully understand and quantify the impact of a neighbouring development. The clarity and accuracy of diagrams was exceptional.

    3. Julia Lumen Studio
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      Project Date: August 2012
      If you want an Architect who can produce an incredibly low-impact, sustainable home that also looks like something out of a magazine, Julian is your man. He knows how to maximise natural light and create a beautiful indoor-outdoor connection so you can appreciate green space even when you’re being cosy indoors. He works hard to ensure each project is suited to its setting and its budget from the very outset, which means the client ends up saving $ in the long run. He is very friendly and accommodating and brings his personal values to his work. From the moment we moved in I have loved our house (sometimes it hard to get motivated to go away on holiday because our place is so comfortable and beautiful!). Our kids are always proud to show new friends round, pointing out all the little individual features that give it such extra character. You’ll never get those sorts off touches by buying off the plan. Julian is highly skilled and has exacting standards so you can be confident you will get what you expect.

    4. Matthew Winefield Lumen Studio
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      Project Date: October 2012
      Julian Rutt did a fantastic job on our house; lots of attention to detail, including many unexpected little things that bring us delight every day. The house has lots of natural light but is easy to keep cool in summer as well as warm in winter. It reflects our personality but is not a monument, perfect for entertaining or equally a quiet night in, a refuge after a busy day. It’s integrated beautifully with the garden with nicely framed views from every window. We love living here, and our neighbours in the street all love the house too

    5. Jenny Morison Lumen Studio
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      Project Date: March 2015
      Julian approached our unusual & complex brief with enthusiasm, good ideas & attention to detail. Our aim was to restore a dilapidated 1880s shopfront & reimagine the 1970s double brick two storey extension, combining original features where possible, with energy efficiency & modern living functionality.
      Features of the design we were particularly happy with include: The judicious placing of solar powered skylights to enhance light & heat extraction; Hydronic heating throughout; Redesign of the living areas in the extension to more open plan living; The cladding of the extension with a ‘skin’ to aid insulation & with aesthetic appeal not out of character with the existing heritage building.
      Our home is an example of how clever & imaginative design can preserve an older building in an inner suburb & enhance the streetscape without compromising current standards of liveability.

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