Gallery: Solar-Powered Forever House: Dowdy Red Bricks Given New Life a...

 
Dowdy red bricks are often overlooked as a boring material choice for contemporary homes, but WoodWoodWard Architecture found a way to transform a stockpile of them into a slick new facade for the Forever House in Melbourne. Building onto a suburban "bungalow" in Surrey Hills using many materials taken from the existing home, the designers stacked colorful purple bricks alongside the old red ones to create a bold new facade. Hit the jump to learn how they put even more old bricks to good reuse while incorporating a series of other sustainable features into this cozy new extension.

Sustainability and flexibility were two of the most important aspects of the design brief, which is why so much effort went into reusing existing materials, including several types of brick and timber that was converted into stairs and benches in the modest 120 square meter addition. In addition to the fresco facade, some bricks were used as new walls inside, ensuring superior thermal massing.

Diamond-shaped skylights cut into the geometrical plan promote both daylighting and cross-ventilation and energy required to power the home and produce hot water is derived from rooftop solar panels. Extensive glazing permits further natural light and beautiful timber detailing rounds off a contemporary but earthy residence for a very lucky family.

+ WoodWoodWard Architecture

Via Arch Daily

Photography via John Gollings

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