We at Gruen Eco Design are passionate about sustainable design; because we believe sustainable design can and must be affordable for everyone and as a matter of course should be integrated naturally throughout the whole design process, rather than designing something and trying to make it sustainable later.

 We pride ourselves on providing a unique design service to create a truly energy efficient and sustainable houses in cooperation with you.


My name is Simone Schenkel and I’m the designer and director at Gruen Eco Design.

Thanks to my architectural studies in Germany, an essential part of my education was based on sustainability as well as passive house design.

Being a dynamic and ambitious architect I have experience in various residential projects in Europe and in Australia. Since graduating from the practice-oriented University of Applied Science in Germany I have worked in several well-known architecture companies and since 2007 I am working in Australia with a focus on the residential sector.

Simone Schenkel, Degreed Engineer (Architecture), Germany – Diplom Ingenieur Architektur
dipl ing (eng + arch) Germany

Registered Building Designer with the Building Commission
Registered Building Designer with BDAV Victoria



Our Team

To be updated soon.


Designing the Future: Melbourne Weekly Cover Story

LEG Preis 2006: Architecture Competition

10 star Challenge: Sanctuary Magazine

Berkley College of Music (Valencia/Spain): e-architect

Our Gruen Renovation featured by The Fifth Estate: Sustainable House Day: Comfort doesn’t have to come at a big cost

Our 8.1 star Renovation/Extension featured by The Greens: Extending Horizons


Our partners

Offering Australian householders and business, services and products to make your environment more energy efficient and sustainable.

Sustainable renovations, energy and thermal efficiency retrofitting: The Ecocraft team bring a wealth of experience in carpentry and building and a passion for ecologically responsible craftsmanship. We have sourced the best products and techniques so that you can improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home or commercial building.

“Healthy Interiors” evolved as a consequence of a young Interior Designer mum renovating while simultaneously struggling with her childrens health issues. Pieces of a puzzle emerged over time to reveal that many of the materials and finishes used in the building industry and household practices have the potential to impact on the health of homes and the health of occupants.