As good green home design goes, everything starts with the site. The house is tucked behind a small rise on the property, which protects it from winter winds. The project’s orientation maximizes exposure to the northern winter sun but reduces exposure to the summer sun on the west and east sides. The form of the house mimics a simple barn – down to the square windows covered by rolling shutter doors and the butt wood siding. A couple of steel and glass cubes at the front and rear set the cue for a more much more dramatic interior.
Off-Grid Hill Plain House Showcases Raw Material in a Sophisticated Way
by Andrew Michler, 09/09/11
Situated on a windswept plain near Victoria, Australia, this seemingly modest off-grid house is a treasure trove of sustainable design that settles into the landscape every bit as well as the local barns that inspired it. Delicately placed on the site, the home’s integrated water, heating and solar electrical systems allow for self-sufficiency without sacrifice. The project's standout qualities are highlighted by the eclectic use ofmaterials -- steel, concrete, and reclaimed wood -- which helped Wolveridge Architects rope three major awards at the 2011 Australian Interior Design Awards.
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