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

Rooftop solar systems provide hot water and energy for the entire home

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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