This house on Bruny Island near Tasmania, Australia was designed as a vacation house on a secluded coastal site, with views back toward Tasmania. The two long wings of the house are separated by a central corridor which serves as a buffer between the bedrooms to the south and the active areas in the larger northern wing.
Emphasis was placed on minimizing the ecological footprint of this house, in both its construction and long-term use. Thus, the house sits on an elevated steel frame to preserve existing site drainage patterns. In all respects, the house is off the local grid and relies instead on on-site rainwater collection and waste management and independent power generation using photovoltaic panels and a supplementary gas generator.
Energy demand is tuned closely to supply thanks to some essential design decisions. Heating and cooling needs are limited through careful room placement and reliance on high-performance insulation and operable glazing. Generous window placement together with a curved roof take advantage of the available natural light, further reducing energy demands.
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