Gallery: Prefabricated Bridge House Crosses Creek Sustainably

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Located on a site with some bumpy topography, the Bridge House floats on steel trusses that literally bridge the gap between two sloping hillsides. The owners of this home saw opportunity when they discovered a creek running through their lot and rather than build somewhere else, they wanted to take advantage of the views offered by a location near the creek bed. The finished home, which resides about an hour outside of Adelaide, Australia, not only retains the surrounding environment’s rustic charm, but is sustainably built, makes use of many local materials and relies on the sun for its heating needs.

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  1. StructureHub July 10, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    I admire any architect / client who constructs a creek house. Doing so (1) virtually guarantees a place for creative exploration of solutions to the client’s needs, (2) ensures minimal, physical altercations to the land, and, (3) due to the cost premium of building it, may tend to keep square-footage to an amount the client can actually justify – i.e., an amount that isn’t wasteful.

    Come to think of it, I suspect that folks with an anti-modern architecture disposition may tolerate modern creekhouses more than they would any other “normal” modern house. Why? Because they may have an expectation that certain structural aspects of a creekhouse (e.g., steel trusses) would be visible as a matter of practicality, not aesthetics. Just a thought…

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