Sometimes you look at a house and the landscape that surrounds it and just think: wow, they totally belong together. That's exactly how we feel about BKK Architects' beautiful origami-shaped Beached House in Australia. An AIA award-winning, timber-framed building set in coastal Victoria, the humble abode uses site orientation, glazing, passive design techniques and energy-efficient appliances to keep its carbon footprint to a minimum without compromising on its wide and playful expanse.
The vertical ash panels and diagonal zinc slats on the exterior emphasize the home’s exciting origami shape, while the interior floors made of recycled timber gives it a warm and natural finish. All of the windows are double-glazed to control solar gain, while thermal massing on the southern end is amped up to further boost energy-efficiency. An outdoor storage system ensures that rainwater, which can be a scarce commodity in parts of Australia, is duly harvested and recycled. Although this is a luxury vacation lodge, great care has been taken to ensure that it sits in harmony with its serene landscape.
All images via Peter Bennetts Photography