When this awe-inspiring home in Australia landed on our desks, we thought we had died and gone to heaven, but that's not why Andrew Simpson Architects called it Cloud No.9. That moniker actually refers to the 1896 International Cloud-Atlas that listed cloud No. 9 as the biggest, puffiest and likely the most comfortable of all 10 cloud types. We can't think of a more appropriate name for this single family home, which has been converted from an old brick stable into a welcoming, light-filled contemporary home that receives substantial energy from alternative sources.
The outer shell and infrastructure of the original stables was maintained, but the interior has been radically transformed. And yet, no attention to sustainable detail was compromised in the process. Passive design techniques were incorporated into the project to maximize the amount of daylighting and natural ventilation, and all kinds of sophisticated clean technologies provide energy and warmth – including solar panels, heat pumps, and a gas-powered in-slab hydronic heating system.
Most of Andrew Simpson Architects’ homes are half the size of the Australian average (which has the dubious distinction of having the largest average floor size of any country), but Cloud No.9 is not one of them. It is an adaptive re-use project that promotes urban densification, though the tall, high performance windows and sky views remove any kind of potential claustrophobia. We love this home, and believe it to be an excellent example of sustainable development for other Australian designers to follow.