Last year, our post on the Cubby House Challenge rated in the top ten articles of the year (read here) – clearly striking a cord with many of our readers. Well folks, here’s a heads up – this great fund raising initiative for the Kids Undercover Program will be on again next month at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2012. Five “unique” cubby houses designed by leading architects and public figures will be auctioned off to the highest bidder, raising much needed funds to assist homeless kids around Australia – and we have just obtained a sneek peek at some of the designs currently under construction!
Who knew Premier Ted Baillieu held a university degree in architecture (am I alone?). Putting his skills to good use, together with Australand he is using recycled and re-usable materials to create what clearly looks like one cosy and inviting haven – aptly named The Bird’s Nest.
Rob Palmer from Better Homes & Gardens is going to show us how we can all replicate his cubby house at home whilst making the most from recycled materials. It sounds like lots of fun as there’s a loft, fireman’s pole and a climbing net all incorporated into its design – The Cubby House of Hidden Surprises will be raffled off on the last day!
The “Cubby Life” house created by Six Degrees Architects and Ducon is all about creating a sanctuary for kids to retreat and connect with nature – there will be a edible growing wall for herbs and vegetables, a snuggle cocoon to curl up in and read a favourite book, and a rainwater collection unit too!
Burbank are helping kids imaginations run wild. Their Cubby Cube design incorporates a giant sized set of building blocks that can be assembled in various configuartions. Perfect for your little budding architects.
How many adults out there wish they still had their own cubby house retreat in the backyard? Smith Madden and Harris HMC are designing a structure that remains relevant and useful to your family as it grows – from small kids to the biggest of big kids. It will even sport a roof top garden!
Please get behind this fun and worthwhile initiative – You may not only score a funky and fun addition to your back yard, but most importantly you will be helping kids in need (Please share this with others!). The auction will be held on the final day of the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2012 (make a day of it!), and they are hoping to raise $115, 000 – Alternatively if you can’t make it in person, you can bid online! We will bring you pics of the finished cubby house designs just beforehand so you can get your cheque books ready and help the Kids Undercover program surpass expectations…..Stay tuned.
AUCTION: April 1 at 3pm
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