The site demanded a house-on-the-hill that dominated the horizon and overlooking the orchards; capturing the presence of the property.The natural Australian bush setting informed the siting location of the house while the micro-environmental factors informed the massing and form of the living spaces.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
An energy efficient eco home for young family on 120 acre Yallingup property that embodied their ideals to live sustainably and off-grid.Elevated for views, cooling breezes and large northern glazing for radiant heat gain with harvested rainwater storage of 550,000 Litres. The home boasts a 5.5 kilowatt photovoltaic system behind anthra zinc parapet.It is power and water self-sufficient,incorporating passive solar design principles and is surrounded by citrus,nut and pomme fruit orchards to permaculture principles
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The house delivers a single level of north facing internal & external living space which are protected from prevailing south-west winter weather patterns.It provides ideal climate controlled living spaces suitable for a young family throughout all four seasons and delivers a sustainable lifestyle sought by the family that is not dependent on the power grid.The house is set amongst citrus, nut & pomme fruit orchards which were laid out to permaculture principles as part of the design brief.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project commenced in January 2015 Yallingup, Western Australia
and finished in March 2016.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
300mm thick in-situ rammed limestone walls
VM Zinc anthra zinc with 25mm high single lock standing seam cladding
powder coat aluminium window frames with toughened glass
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
500 square metres Gross Floor Area
house east to west overall dimension 42,415mm
house north to south overall dimension 12,000mm
400 litre Solar Hot Water System with 800L Chazelle firebox boosting
5.5 kilowatt Q Cell multi-cell photovoltaic power generation with Sunnyboy invertors and 14 kilowatt Perkins back-up generator
eco home, eco house, passive solar design, sustainable design, south west architecture
Detailed research was undertaken into the latest technologies released the the market in environmentally sustainable design such as multi-cell photovoltaic panels and invertors.Investigation led to successful example of passive solar design for the southern hemisphere.
The construction program was 'Design and Construct' which put pressure on the design team to provide design solutions while the builder was building on-site .
TEAM MEMBERS (3) :
Architect: Stuart Threadgold, Structural: Bill Smalley and Hydraulic: Robin Mather
Olivier Marill Photography
Copyright Threadgold Architecture 2016