Imagine the amazing time Melbourne-based firm, Judd Lysenko Architects, had when their clients asked for a "serious fun" house that also included "all the green stuff too." The Ormand Esplande Residence in Melbourne definitely has a slew of sustainable features and a ton of personality to boot. A mix of boat and beach inspired architecture with bucket-loads of color resulted in this gorgeous four story eco-residence complete with a solar system on the roof.
The clients had a fairly specific idea for what they wanted for their house. In their own words, “Make it Saint Kilda. And, make it light. Make it bright. Make it tight. Add all of the green stuff too, please. And, we want it beachy. Maybe like a boat? And it better be fun. Serious fun. Hmn. How about spotted gum? Or even better, spotty gum…” Judd Lysenko Architects responded with a four-story home with a tall wooden facade and bright red and black porthole windows built on a strong foundation of masonry. The home resembles a ship-inspired playground and the fun doesn’t stop – even on the inside.
A four-story staircase is lit by the porthole windows and acts as a natural ventilation chimney to exhaust out the hot air from a permeable lid. The glazing around the home is optimized for daylighting and the home is divided into zones for optimum space allocation. Rainwater is collected from the roof to provide water for toilet flushing and grey water is used to water the lawn. Meanwhile a 2.0 kW solar system is mounted on the roof to provide the home with some of its own energy.
Images Courtesy of Judd Lysenko Architects