Every piece of this house’s cladding and decking (except for the shower) has been screwed and bolted together (rather than glued, cemented or permanently fixed), enabling materials to be dismantled and reused at the eventual end of the building’s life.
Breathe Architecture designed the house as three pavilions (for sleeping, bathing, and living), connected by a central ‘brise soleil’. This open-air yet covered walkway faces the creek on the home’s west, providing a visual connection to water and climate, while physically joining all areas of the home.
It’s also a remarkably textural home, incorporating recycled timbers and rammed earth reflective of its natural surroundings facing Edgars Creek in Coburg North.
Additional sustainable features include two 5000 litre underground rainwater tanks, an electric heat pump for hot water heating, and double-glazed windows. These factors, paired with the lack of fossil-fuel generated energy in the home, sees this house attain an impressive 7.2 NatHERs rating.