Forest Lodge ECO House
Residential Garden Design
My inspiration came from the idea of making this modern piece of contemporary architecture blend subtly in with its local environment by incorporating green roofs and vertical gardens. These elements were to be used for their aesthetic appeal and also insulative benefits which increases the buildings thermal performance.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The landscape design for this house had to be unique to further beautify the contemporary architecture of the building.
Designing the external facade, green roof, vertical gardens and water features enabled us to ensure that the philosophy of the design flowed seamlessly throughout every element of the project.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Due to the insulating benefits of the gardens the thermal performance of the house has not required the use of any mechanical heating or cooling which reduces the electricity consumption in turn minimising its carbon foot print on the environment.
The gardens are thriving and attracting flora and fauna to the area.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in July 2012 and was completed at the end of August 2013 in Forest Lodge in the heart of Sydney Australia's heritage precinct.
The landscaping component however took 4 weeks of this process including waterproofing.
The project was featured on the national television series Grand Designs Australia in November 2013 and was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Sydney in January 2014.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Designing every facet of the external facade, green roof, vertical gardens and water features enabled us to ensure that the philosophy of the design flowed seamlessly throughout every element of the project.
Engineered lightweight soils were used to minimise the amount of weight loading placed on the walls and roof for the gardens. This allowed for a reduction in structural engineering, hence lowering the overall building costs.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The land size is 89m2.
The internal living space is 120m2.
There is 1m2 more of external green space then internal living space.
The house has 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms and laundry.
Plant species used are sedums and succulents. These species were selected for their extreme drought tolerance which suits the Australian conditions which also in turn minimises maintenance.
Irrigations system is a drip feed system for all the vertical gardens.
The water for the irrigation is supplied by the 3,500lt underground water storage tank.
ECO House, Forest Lodge ECO House, Sustainable Design, Sustainability, Green roof, Vertical Garden, Designer Constructions, Vertical Gardens, Roof Garden
I left Australia for Europe and America in early 2000, wanting to expand my awareness and knowledge of sustainability within the construction industry. This enabled me upon my return to Australia Five years later with a clear vision of a sustainability model I could tailor to Australian conditions.
To create a sustainable ECO home that was not an eyesore to its surrounding heritage listed neighbours and soften the sharp contrasts of the crushed black and white marble exterior walls, landscaping was critical.
Access to the site was heavily constrained and required creative thinking for both design and delivery.
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