The owners of this Yea property wanted to create a contemporary sustainable home that was bright and light-filled, with an emphasis on passive solar access and maximising the view to the surrounding landscape, hills, valley, and farmland.
The clients articulated the overall shape, form, colour, and materiality that they were looking for and we worked closely with them to produce a carefully considered home design with excellent sustainable design features.
For what may initially appear to be a relatively simple design, this house required meticulous detailing to ensure that all the elements came together.
The use of different construction materials had to be carefully considered and balanced, to ensure that the finished home functioned as beautifully as it looked. Materials include an organic thermal mass wall created using rammed earth, polished concrete, lightweight claddings, and prefinished steel sheeting.
Shading and sun diagrams were used to refine the level of solar access and provide solar control via optimised shade structures.
The home was carefully positioned and oriented on the lot, to maximise views and support passive heating and cooling.
“Our overarching design philosophy was one of practical, functional minimalism finished with inviting and warm details that make this a welcoming home.” – Janita Norman, Lead Building Designer
The result is a sustainable home with the impression of a contemporary farmhouse comprised of the simple elements of concrete, earth, steel, and glass.