Highway House is the modern pad of architect Nathan Crump of Room 11 who designed this project, located in Dynnyrne, Tasmania, island state of Australia. This compact single level residence of 1,453 square feet (135 square meters), floats along the sheer slopes of the southern outlet, arranged as an east/west elongated box with all rooms facing North for solar gain, natural light and the expansive view of the Derwent River and the City of Hobart.
Living areas are shaded in summer by both the roof overhang and custom external battened screens that slide the full length of the Northern facade.
Accessed via a southern circulation spine, the internal spaces are divided into private and public areas by a central enclosed deck with a roof void to allow sun and breezes into the depth of the plan. A covered deck to the west provides summer afternoon shade to living areas. The two external decks that break the plan allow for a series of sliding doors and galleries of louvered windows to aid in natural cross ventilation.
The home showcases stunning views, plenty of natural light and lots of warmth with the use of lots of wood.
Landscape retaining walls are bluestone-spall filled rigid gabion cages that don’t require concrete footings and provide for natural drainage.
This lightweight timber building responds quickly to heating and cooling and is well suited to Tasmania’s temperate climate.
Mosman House is an extension project by Anderson Architecture, in collaboration with MacKenzie Design Studio, located in Mosman, a suburb on the Lower North Shore of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The project involved opening up the existing rear half of the house to better engage with the backyard. As the rear of the house faces north, the extension was designed to capitalize on passive solar techniques to reduce heating and cooling costs. These techniques include north facing windows which allow sunlight to pass into the house and onto the thermally massive green-concrete slab which stores heat, thereby reducing heating costs during winter.
The use of sustainable, recycled and locally sourced timber and hardwoods featured throughout the project for finishes, shingles and flooring, most notably on the staircase to the first floor. The extensive use of LED and low-watt light fittings, complimented with solar hydronic floor and water heating, which both minimize the amount of electricity needed to power the house.
The use of low VOC paint on the project’s steelwork during construction minimized the amount of harmful vapors released into the environment while the 2.1kW photovoltaic solar panels and 32 000L of rainwater storage help make the house more self-sufficient toward electricity and water consumption.
Photos: Courtesy of Anderson Architecture
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