Mike Chino

Ackert Architecture's Monier Residence

by , 08/15/08

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Kimberly Ackert designed this beautiful off-the-grid residence for the “Monier Design Competition” in Australia. Nestled amid idyllic green environs in Perth, the warm wooden structure features an earthy modern aesthetic and utilizes a variety of sustainable systems to produce its own energy, regulate its climate, and ensure the comfort of it’s inhabitants.


Situated on a gorgeous 4-acre site in West Australia, the Monier residence comprises 3 bedrooms and 2,500 square feet. Ackert Architecture designed the award winning structure “as a demonstration project to show how alternative energy and passive systems could be integrated to create a self sufficient home.”

The home’s active systems include an electric wind turbine, solar hot water heaters, and water storage tanks that feed a fire suppression system. Its passive measures include a 75 foot long insulating rammed earth wall, large windows and skylights that suffuse the home with natural light, and a smart layout that allows fresh air to cycle through the entire structure.

+ Ackert Architecture

Photo Credit: Scott Frances

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3 Comments

  1. aashmon May 29, 2009 at 9:52 am

    We are wanting to build an off the grid middle school, to whom should I be speaking? Where might I find some examples of green public schools?

  2. Alavistaven Alavistaven August 19, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Wow, supachupa if you find out, give me a shout! lol What school are you attending.

  3. supachupa August 16, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Taken from the book ‘a place in the country’. I live in Perth but can’t find any details on how to contact the owner for a visit (I’m an architectural student). If anyone out there knows the owners, I’d love to visit!

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