With 2.5m fall from along the length of the site the house follows the contours with a split-level design nestled into the landscape. A long east-west axis presents to the north with large windows capturing northern light into the living areas. Solar passive principles maximise solar heat gains in winter and minimise them in summer. This together with the carefully considered use of thermal mass, double glazing and insulative wall systems ensures year round thermal comfort.
“Intuitively the house hugs the southern boundary, giving relief to the northern elevation and ensuring unhindered solar access. This has the added benefit of creating a side yard in addition to the more standard backyard.”
Central to the design is the open-plan kitchen and living area that overlooks the undulating grassed yard, lush green wall and undercover dining space.
Spotted gum and Monument metal cladding feature on the facade and combine with glazed bricks and painted brickwork to enhance texture. Inside, floors are a mix of solid hardwood and polished concrete which are placed to either capture or be sheltered from solar exposure accordingly.
Year : 2010
Project Name : Harpin Street
Location : Bendigo, Victoria
Photography: Tim Loft, Loft Image