Energy efficient new house
A PALETTE OF NATURAL STONE & TIMBER
Blue Fruit designed a contemporary house in a botanical setting, using solar passive orientation and a luscious palette of natural materials, like mt gambier limestone, blackbutt timber parquet and melaleuca veneer...
The house is composed of 3 pavilions: a living space at the front, with a saw-tooth roof profile allowing raked ceilings & clerestory windows with views to the treetops; a bedroom pavilion at the rear, with a sweeping soffit clad in VM Zinc and walls of Bondor, and a linking pavilion between the two incorporating a his and hers study with full height glazing and views to the northern garden.
High-efficiency E glass was used throughout the building, to regulate the summer sun and insulate the building in winter.
Inspired by the notion of a little boat travelling along a nearby creek until it got wedged between 3 majestic eucalyptus trees, the bedroom pavilion has high level windows allowing sneaky views out to the stars at night, creating a sense of sleeping in the treetops.
mt gambier limestone
This ancient stone, formed by fossilised layers of seashells millions of years ago when the sea bed was in what is now land, has a creamy colouring which almost glows.
The split-face form is especially playful with light, casting undulating pools of light & shade across its form.