ECOLIBRIUM are a design studio specialising in the design of environmentally sensitive buildings and sustainable property planning.
ECOLIBRIUM strive to provide building designs that are not only energy and cost efficient in terms of day to day functioning and construction but also create environments that are inviting and comfortable.
- Site analysis
- In depth client brief
- Passive solar design
- Cross ventilation
- Thermal performance
- Solar studies
- Renewable technologies
- Sustainable food production
- Sustainable resource usage
- Enhanced lifestyle
- Environment improvement
- Tree planting
By reaching these goals we hope to have designed spaces that are pleasing to the eye and encourage harmony, health, vitality and wellbeing.
From 1862 Buderim was used as source of timber, particularly cedar. Originally called Buderim Mountain, the area became a resource for timbergetters who sought the huge stands of Beech and Australian Red Cedar that grew across the mountain. Some trees were so large they could not be transported due to the lack of means to carry them down to the river to send to Brisbane. These tress were often left to eventually rot away where they were felled. Eventually the mountain plateau was clear felled and was then used for farming. The red volcanic soil on the mountain and plateau was suited for growing many crops including from bananas coffee and in the 20th century ginger for which Buderim became famous. Coffee from Buderim won awards for its quality at shows in London during the late 19th century.
The famous Buderim Ginger Factory was established in the early 1900’s becoming the largest ginger processing facility in the southern hemisphere. It closed the Buderim operations were closed down around 1979 and operations were moved to Yandina, closer to the main ginger growing areas.
Eventually residential developments took over most of the remaining farming land – at the same time much of the secondary growth rainforest on the escarpment has disappeared. Large rainforest remnants remain, especially in the Foote Sanctuary area which providing public walking paths and BBQ facilities and access to the Buderim Falls. There is still an abundance of native wildlife, including king parrots and lorikeets, brush turkeys, kangaroos and wallabies.
Buderim is known for it’s variety of architectural styles ranging from classic Queenslanders to ultra-modern designs. Homes at the top of Buderim with with ocean views can fetch 7 figures. One property has recently been on the market for ‘offers close to $20m’.