About

ABOUT

Five Mile Radius is a research, design and manufacturing studio exploring a future based on natural and recycled construction materials. We deliver architecture, products and educational content that imagines a world built on a respect for material resources. 

Founded in 2016, our name is taken from a challenge set forth by the great Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi. Understanding the socioeconomic and environmental benefits, he asked his countrymen to build from materials found within five miles (or eight kilometres) of their homes. We believe there is value in architecture that reflects its specific place, its specific landscape and its specific people.

We work with low carbon bio-based materials such as timbers, earth and stone as well as construction waste and salvaged materials. Both our architecture and product work aims to limit the extraction of nonrenewable resources while ensuring we consider the lifecycle of each material we use.

Fundamental to our approach is the use of making to test architectural ideas. Our Yeronga workshop is used for processing and prototyping in conjunction with our design projects. The products in our shop are the result of architectural commissions which have unearthed valuable waste streams worthy of continued reuse. 

Our aim is to become an influential Australian voice for architecture that incorporates local resources, skills and people, helping and inspiring people to build buildings born of their local resources. 

Please get in touch to discuss your next project.

TEAM

Clare Kennedy
Architect / Director

Tom O’Shea
Architect

Hunter Eccleston
Graduate Architect

Ellie Farrington
Lead Carpenter

Benjamin Emerton
Fabricator

Steve Szell
Workshop Assistant

PRINCIPLES

Regionalism
Support local industries, economies and cultures.

Transparency
Understand a material's origin.

Decarbonise
Limit the use of energy intensive materials.

Reduction
Simply build less.

Efficiency
Reduce waste during construction.

Circularity
Look for ways to use recycled materials over virgin ones.

Health
Avoid hazardous materials with harmful health impacts.

Disassembly
Design for future removal and reuse.


Retention
Try to work with existing buildings rather than demolish.

PARTNERS

Urban Arts Projects
Brisbane City Council
Brickworks
Claypave
Queensland University of Technology
University of Queensland
Bond University
Griffith University
Gall Architects
Earth Building Association of Australia
Soil Science Australia
Minipump
Mud Ceramics
The Paint Factory
Luke Roberston
IMA
Ineke Dane
Nina Mocke
Kennedy’s Timbers
Rockcote
Artisan
Architects Declare Australia
Art Ichol
Yonder Festival

  • TEAM

    Clare Kennedy
    Architect / Director

    Tom O’Shea
    Architect

    Hunter Eccleston
    Graduate Architect

    Ellie Farrington
    Lead Carpenter

    Benjamin Emerton
    Fabricator

    Steve Szell
    Workshop Assistant

  • PRINCIPLES

    Regionalism
    Support local industries, economies and cultures.

    Transparency
    Understand a material's origin.

    Decarbonise
    Limit the use of energy intensive materials.

    Reduction
    Simply build less.

    Efficiency
    Reduce waste during construction.

    Circularity
    Look for ways to use recycled materials over virgin ones.

    Health
    Avoid hazardous materials with harmful health impacts.

    Disassembly
    Design for future removal and reuse.


    Retention
    Try to work with existing buildings rather than demolish.