Designology was founded in 2002 by principal designer Kevin Starling. Initially focused on creating custom designs for new homes and alterations, the company faced a unique challenge when presented with an extensive design brief. This brief demanded an environmentally sustainable, durable, semi-prefabricated, low embodied energy, highly secure, and bushfire-resistant dwelling. Rising to the challenge, the team developed and prototyped the Convertible House in 2010.
Through continuous refinement and dedication, the Convertible House has emerged as a renowned and celebrated alternative for living in Australia’s harsh climates. It stands as an environmentally sustainable dwelling, resilient to bushfires and storms. Operating off-grid, the house generates its energy, collects rainwater, and treats grey and black water on-site. Its flexible features allow adaptation to various climate zones and isolated locations, making it a practical solution for disaster recovery, holiday park developments, mining, communal, or retirement villages.