Old Barwon Heads along the coast of Australia is a special place once characterized by rows of dilapidated surf shacks. The ambience has been changing since the "dunescape" has begun to attract a wealthier populace, but the owners of Seaview House were determined that their home would honor the town's storied history. To do this, Jackson Clements Burrows designed a gabled structure comprised of three primary pavilions connected by glazed links, clad in a triple skin translucent polycarbonate and organized around a north-facing courtyard garden.
Each pavilion is strategically placed to either enhance views, promote social interaction with passersby on the street, or to maximize cross ventilation and solar orientation. The street-front northeast pavilion has a shaded gauze room that mimics traditional rural woolsheds, while used timber battens provide shading and cross-ventilation. Large barn doors that open to the east and west are protected by sliding gauze screens, creating a cool space in summer when the doors are open or a passively heated space in winter when the doors are shut. There’s an outdoor shower, plenty of room for introspection or entertaining.
Active and passive solar heating, solar hot water and hydronic in-floor heating combined with a rainwater capture system used for plumbing and irrigation help to reduce the project’s environmental footprint. And finally, apart from a small vegetable and herb garden, the landscaping consists of native plant species that contribute to the local biodiversity, including dune grasses. If you love this home, check out some of our other projects by Jackson Clements Burrows. There have been a few.
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