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Australian Garden Shelters by BKK Architects

Australian Garden Shelters by BKK Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Australia Gardens Shelters are Australia's only botanical gardens to feature solely Australian native plants, and the architecture responds directly to the landscape context both conceptually and physically.

The 3 of the 5 structures completed during the initial phase explore notions of what shelter is and the history of shelter from its most primitive forms to the more contemporary vernacular.

Mostly open to the environment, they are still highly insulated to protect from radiant heat, and all material selection and detailing was developed for low-maintenance and durability, reducing life-cycle costs. Timber cladding, both internally and externally, was selected for its environmental performance, sourced from managed plantations; low VOC paints, oils and finishes were employed throughout and lighting is limited, with low energy fittings.

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Retractable Roof House Kinetically Adapted to the Climate of Melbourne

Retractable Roof House Kinetically Adapted to the Climate of Melbourne | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

As the name suggests, the Convertible Courtyards House, by Christopher Megowan Design, kinetically adapts to the notoriously variable climate found in Melbourne, Australia. This project added a kitchen, living area, dining area, bathroom, master bedroom, ensuite and two decks to a previously overlooked yet charming weatherboard cottage in the inner urban suburb of Prahran. Nestled on an intimate street, the existing house is one of a series of heritage protected cottages. In response to the north-facing block of land, a central courtyard was created between the weatherboard and modern extension in order to flood the open kitchen, living and dining area with natural light...

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Australia's Angophora House by Richard Cole Architecture

Australia's Angophora House by Richard Cole Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Angophora House was designed by Richard Cole Architecture, and it is located in Waverton, a suburb on the lower North Shore of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

“Built over an escarpment in a densely urbanised heritage conservation area in Waverton, the form of this house responds to the difficult site using the elements of cave, platform and canopy. On entering the house from the upper road, one passes through a curvaceous enclosing concrete wall with rooftop garden over.

Two platforms launch into the space of the valley, extending out from the anchoring escarpment. Insulated timber moveable walls transform the space from warm and enclosing to open and unimpeded. A sheltering timber lined roof opens to the north, falls in response to the slope of the land and captures framed views of adjacent Angophora trees.

The escarpment is retained, raw and open to the rooms of the lower ground floor. A dramatic lift takes the owners to the garage on the street below.”

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Quince's curator insight, December 17, 2013 12:11 PM

"Utilizing the elements of Cave , Platform, and Canopy"  I haven't heard that one before, but I like it! Very nice open design

Lola Ripollés's curator insight, January 8, 2014 5:50 PM

Preciosa casa en Sydney, con un uso magistral de la madera y el hormigón y una increíble fluidez entre el exterior y el interior.

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A Mixed-Use Project Takes Cues from Australia's Landscape

A Mixed-Use Project Takes Cues from Australia's Landscape | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Nestled between ocean and rain forest, the Wharf Road project establishes a new benchmark for ecological design within the natural environment.

Taking cues from the variety of geological outcroppings across the vastness of Australia’s landscape the Wharf Road proposal quite simply represents the translation of these features into an urban condition. Pushing up from the urban landscape the crystalline towers at Wharf-Road pierce the skyline as prismatic stalagmites reflecting and refracting light, creating an iconic urban-geology.

The architecture is simultaneously powerful, yet comfortable; straightforward, yet innovative; casual, yet elegant...

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Rakhi Rajani's curator insight, August 23, 2013 6:50 AM

Building architecture from surroundings...

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Contemporary Green Design: Merricks House by Robson Rak Architects

Contemporary Green Design: Merricks House by Robson Rak Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Robson Rak Architects have designed a house on a 10-acre farm located in Merricks North near Melbourne, Australia. The property was bought as a weekender with the intention of building a new house with enough room for their family to grow and enjoy through the generations.


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In accordance to the client’s desire for simplicity and material honesty, the house has been reduced to a modest palette of earth, glass and timber. The majority of the internal walls are rammed earth, creating a beautiful, warm, textural look and feel.

The walls are 400mm thick with an internal strip of 100mm thick foam insulation, assisting the natural qualities of the rammed earth in maintaining a consistent internal temperature. The R-value of the walls up to a very high level, and the double-glazing of all windows and doors assists the building in being extremely environmentally efficient as attested by our clients. The high thermal mass of these walls has made the house thermally efficient. Openable windows on the east, west, north and south allows cross ventilation.

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Window Revival's comment, July 17, 2013 12:18 AM
A really lovely home. Rustic yet very modern.
aboali's comment, July 17, 2013 5:04 AM
that nice desing
Suzy Koch's curator insight, August 2, 2013 8:17 PM

Love all the great features in this contemporary green design!

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A Sustainable High-Rise Greens the Sydney Skyline

A Sustainable High-Rise Greens the Sydney Skyline | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

While action toward building ‘greener’ more sustainable structures is gaining momentum in Europe and America, an office tower from down-under is putting Australia on the green buildings map.


A 30 story high-rise office tower in Sydney, Australia’s central business district, 1 Bligh Street a treasure trove of sustainable innovation and design.Designed by Architectus and Ingenhoven Architects, this environmentally responsible office tower is set to create a benchmark in Australia for sustainable high-rise buildings and provide an enduring presence on the city skyline.

“The dramatic, naturally-ventilated central atrium connects the office workers with nature at the inner depths of the plan, giving a sense of openness for the entire building. The series of communal spaces throughout the building, and especially the fantastic rooftop garden, add greatly to the quality of life for the tenants.”


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Norm Miller's curator insight, April 4, 2013 2:32 PM

High rises can be sustainable!

 

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Kerr House by Tony Owen Architects

Kerr House by Tony Owen Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The design for the Kerr House is structured around a timber spine wall running along the southern boundary, off of which the new home projects outward and opens to the rear with a large cantilevered concrete wing This creates solar protection and also extends the space into the garden, while the remainder of the house is clad in timber battens and glass louvers to maximise natural ventilation.


The house was planned according to the principles of passive sustainable design, using natural materials such as timber to create a connection to the surrounding environment. The central atrium and extensive use of glass louvers maximize natural ventilation and large overhangs promote shade to regulate interior temperatures. Expansive upper deck areas maximize spatial flow and integration with the site...


VIew more images of this beautiful, contextual home at the link.

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Kilmore House: energy-efficient, modular architecture in Australia

Kilmore House: energy-efficient, modular architecture in Australia | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Kilmore House is a striking home composed as a series of pavilions. Designed by Intermode, the prefab arm of Carr Design, the home is a prototype of the firm's modular, modern home concept. 

The design makes use of efficient prefab construction, solar passive design and rainwater collection while creating a strong connection with the landscape.


Located on a 500-acre cattle ranch in Kilmore to the north of Melbourne, the home features floor-to-ceiling glazing that opens to the views and sunlight, while deep overhangs protect the interior from overheating. The home was prefabricated offsite and then assembled and completed in a relatively short time. Passive solar design is combined with renewable timber resources, extensive water storage, high performance walls, roof and glazing systems to create an efficient home. While definitely on the higher end of the prefab market, Intermode’s goal is to build modular home solutions that offer clients elegant, top end design principles at a predictable cost and within a predictable time frame...

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Rosalie Residence: A Sustainable Modern Home in Australia

Rosalie Residence: A Sustainable Modern Home in Australia | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Wrapped in zinc cladding and rising up three levels, the modern Rosalie Residence takes advantage of a hillside location in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The environmentally-friendly five-bedroom home was envisioned by Richard Kirk Architects.

The exterior is given an original touch with the help of operable timber screens and venetian blinds, which ensure both sun-shading and privacy. The inner structure and use of materials is briefly characterized by the architects as follows: “The planning of the house is organized to address the views towards the city on the North-East and Mt Coot-tha on the South-West. The resulting building footprint provides private courtyards and landscaped terraces adjacent to the main living spaces.

The interior is an ensemble of Red Mahogany timber flooring and Jarrah timber paneling on backdrop of white plaster walls and white-set ceilings”. Sustainable features of the residence include solar hot water, in-ground rainwater storage for landscape irrigation and low energy lighting...

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Saltwater Coast Lifestyle Centre / NH Architecture

Saltwater Coast Lifestyle Centre / NH Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Saltwater Coast is a new housing subdivision near Point Cook which will accommodate around 4,000 residents and appeal to the aspirational second home buyer. The development thematically exploits its proximity to quite a beautiful stretch on the western shores of Port Phillip Bay. The land owners and their landscape architects have put a great deal of effort into the careful reinterpretation of a sensitive local ecology that boasts a very significant bird migration area at the Cheetham Wetlands...

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Contemporary Cousin-Homes in Melbourne by dKO Architecture

Contemporary Cousin-Homes in Melbourne by dKO Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

dKO Architecture recently completed in Australia. “This project consists of two dwellings on a corner lot in the suburbs of Melbourne. dKO Architecture set out to push traditional suburban perceptions, motifs and vernacular. Formally, there are obvious references to traditional roof form, yet we proposed a different formal solution. It needed to be sensitive. These gestures challenged traditional building technologies yet also offered economical and lightweight possibilities.

Another issue was the idea of identity with two houses that are the same but different. There are nuances in form, color and spatial arrangements. Living is on the top floor, partly due to the limited lot, but also to engage the roof form.

The site layout responds and respects the historical subdivision pattern; adjacent built form is respected through setback, form and materials. Interior details are simple and considered, not ostentatious. We achieved this outcome on a modest budget of $650000, proving that architecture can also provide good value”.

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Eco Luxury Resort: Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia

Eco Luxury Resort: Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Southern Ocean Lodge is an extremely remote luxury lodge along the cliffs of Kangaroo Island in Australia. Twenty-one luxury suites commanding mesmerising views of the Southern Ocean cantilever along the coast, creating the ultimate fusion between a breathtaking wilderness setting and unbridled creature comforts.

The architect, Max Pritchard, a Kangaroo Island local, has created a building that follows the natural cliff line, the house has floor-to-ceiling windows, a private terrace and a freestanding timber bathtub with ocean views- a sleek eco-retreat that reflects and focuses on the open landscape...

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Building Green Inside and Out

Building Green Inside and Out | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Retrofits are a huge part of the modern interior design sector.

As we are in the midst of a huge push towards green building practices and materials, the interior design sector is increasingly completing refurbishments of inefficient spaces in order to improve their overall energy efficiency, something that is being strongly supported by the Green Building Council of Australia and their commitment to retrofitting Australia’s brownest of buildings...

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National Arboretum Pavilion by Zulaikha Greer Architects in Canberra, Australia

National Arboretum Pavilion by Zulaikha Greer Architects in Canberra, Australia | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A pavilion with a spiked roof by Australian firm Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects rises above the landscaped site of the new National Arboretum on the outskirts of the Australian capital, Canberra.

TZG, in association with landscape architects Taylor Cullity Lethlean, won an Australia wide competition for the National Arboretum, on a 290ha. site of bushfire-damaged land north of Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin. The Arboretum is a collection of 100 forests, each home to a single internationally-endangered species. The species are chosen from the many thousands that are threatened world-wide, and curated according to colour of foliage, pattern of bark/leaf, filigree of branches, scent and texture, and suitability to local growth conditions.



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Creative and Energy-Efficient: Leura Lane House in Australia

Creative and Energy-Efficient: Leura Lane House in Australia | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Showcasing an original architecture and design, the Leura Lane house is a two bedroom residence envisioned by Australian firm Cooper Scaife Architects.


As one approaches the building site, the unconventional shapes of the pavilions become clear. Each of the two volumes displays a skillion roof above a more common wood and glass structure.

One of the dwellings contains a carport and storerooms, while the other accommodates living quarters. According to the architects, “the independence of these two pavilions gives complete flexibility to orientate the carport to face the street, while the living areas of the house can be oriented north or towards preferred views“.

Passive design principles, readily available materials and standard construction methods were used to create an energy-efficient home design.

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BetaView Aluminium Windows & Doors's curator insight, September 23, 2014 6:39 PM

Function over form or form over function?

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Bentleigh Secondary College Meditation & Indigenous Cultural Centre, Australia

Bentleigh Secondary College Meditation & Indigenous Cultural Centre, Australia | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Designed by Suters Architects, the sustainable Meditation and Indigenous Cultural Centre at Bentleigh Secondary College has opened its doors to students and teachers.

Set in the schools Moorooboon wetland, the building acts as a piece of furniture – something to be sat in, on and around – whist students engage with the surroundings and a curriculum focused the environment, culture and mindfulness.

The project educates students about the importance of sustainable design. Constructed entirely of timber the centre incorporates passive heating and cooling design, carbon sequestration design, a wind turbine to provide power and a future geothermal exchange unit for heating and cooling.

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Gale Griffiths's curator insight, September 6, 2013 6:04 AM

We need more of this in the world!

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The Village Centre at the National Arboretum, Canberra

The Village Centre at the National Arboretum, Canberra | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Tonkin Zulaikha Greer collaborated with Taylor Cullity Lethlean to design The Village Centre for the National Arboretum in Canberra, Australia.


The architecture develops the long-standing tradition of significant garden buildings as transparent enclosures with dramatic internal volumes and sense of indoor-outdoor connection.

The exterior of the building is a sculptural form in the rolling topography of the site, contrasting low stone-clad wings with a high arching roof clad in weathered zinc, the form of which is inspired by the fronds of the adjoining forest of Chilean Wine Palms.

Internally, the innovative timber structure combines low environmental impact with a dramatic forest-like form, designed in a series of geometrical arcs.

The building incorporates a range of energy-saving measures, supporting the environmental value of the Arboretum as a whole, with a very low-energy envelope and structure.


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Aspire Mixed-Use Tower Proposal by Grimshaw Architects

Aspire Mixed-Use Tower Proposal by Grimshaw Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Emerging from a design excellence competition held by the Parramatta City Council, the Aspire Tower, designed by Grimshaw Architects, is a landmark mixed-use tower set to establish a new benchmark for innovative, passive-environmental design in Australian high-rise developments.

Designed to act as a catalyst project for Parramatta Square, the tower provides high density, urban residential living which is not only affordable but also sustainable.

As one of the tallest structures in Australia, the engineering of Aspire Tower consciously orientates itself to the wind and to sunlight. The highly adaptable facades accommodate all of the various planning arrangements of apartment type into a modular system. The tower’s striking sculptural form twists upwards from its Church Street alignment to maximise the capture of the sun, the breeze and northern views for its residents.

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"As one of the tallest structures in Australia, the engineering of Aspire Tower consciously orientates itself to the wind and to sunlight. The highly adaptable facades accommodate all of the various planning arrangements of apartment type into a modular system. The tower’s striking sculptural form twists upwards from its Church Street alignment to maximise the capture of the sun, the breeze and northern views for its residents."

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Melbourne's Bentleigh School wins most sustainable educational institution at International Green Awards

Melbourne's Bentleigh School wins most sustainable educational institution at International Green Awards | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Bentleigh Secondary School in Melbourne's east has been named the most sustainable educational institution according to the International Green Awards which were held in London this month.
Suters Architects have been involved with the school over many years in the redevelopment of the entire campus and worked in partnership with the college to design stages 1 and 2. Project Leader, John Schout said that the campus has a positive effect on the environment as well as changing the behaviour of staff and students to best practice environmental management:
"A new building, a Meditation and Indigenous Cultural Centre, designed entirely of timber is an example of sustainable carbon capture principles and will be completed in 2013. Key ESD initiatives include shading and natural light, solar panels, water treatment and wetlands and a planned thermal heating and cooling system."
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A modern treehouse designed to dissolve into the landscape

A modern treehouse designed to dissolve into the landscape | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This home, known as the "Tree house”, is perched on a steep forested hillside above the Great Ocean Road and Bass Strait in Victoria.

In designing the Tree house, architects Jackson Clements Burrows, drew on the modest local vernacular of 1950’s painted fibro shacks, by using cement sheets with expressed batten joints to dissolve the house into the surrounding landscape. The 2 tone green colour scheme used for the exterior helped to merge the building with the vegetation on the hillside on which it sits. The vertical timber battens on the building are a naturally stained timber, which will silver over time like the branches and trunks of trees in the bush surrounds.

The changing light and colours throughout the day further engage the home with its bushland context...

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Shakin Stevens House by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design

Shakin Stevens House by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Matt Gibson Architecture + Design have designed the Shakin Stevens House in Melbourne, Australia.

‘Shakin Stevens House’ utilises many environmental principles – retention of existing structure, orientation and configuration of new works, sun protection (eaves), exposed thermal mass, passive temperature regulation, low embodied energy construction techniques & materials, structural depth within walls for mass bulk insulation with R values, insulation of entire existing dwelling (floor, walls, ceiling), use of recycled timber flooring/decking. A grey water system, 2 side water storage tanks, fake grass & ‘succulent’ planting temper water usage whilst providing intrinsic features of the colour scheme.

Beyond these, this project is about providing a future robustness, better utilisation of amenity and a more fuller embracing of its urban condition. They have borrowed what was previously laying dormant within and beyond their walls. This new layout provides for a sustainable model of space/s that can sustain user types (a couple, 2 couples, a family with teenagers, guests) through separation of sleeping zones about a flexible living zone that they can upsize (externally). This project embraces it’s ‘green-ness’. Colour was a vital strategy in adding glow and clarity to this expression on a number of levels...

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Levt Keira Taroreh's curator insight, February 18, 2014 10:00 AM

perfect, simply and clean, 2 thumbs up!

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Modern Tree House in Australia Opening Up Towards a Lush Landscape

Modern Tree House in Australia Opening Up Towards a Lush Landscape | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
With the purpose of implementing a low maintenance home, perfectly integrated in its natural landscape, mmp Architects developed Hp Tree House, a building that seemingly floats on a galvanized steel support, minimizing its effects on the environment. Here are more details on the structure of this intriguing tree-house: “Three pavilions separated by breezeways form the single level of the home suspended above the natural slope. Outdoor dining overlooks the slightly lower lounge ‘tree-house’ which rests under a large canopy roof and is open on all sides. The main bedroom and ensuite pavilion is accessed across this breezeway and features framed views of the adjoining rock face which becomes a wet season cascade. Guest bedrooms and shared ablution facilities comprise the west pavilion which is separated from the living area by the entry breezeway and laundry/drying area.” The project is located on a secluded terrain on the flanks of Mt Whitfield in Cairns, Australia and opens up towards the forest and the views beyond through large windows, while remaining invisible to the city below.
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Modern 'Arbour House' in Australia Connected to the Landscape

Modern 'Arbour House' in Australia Connected to the Landscape | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Studio Richard Kirk Architect completed the design for the Arbour House, a modern residence located on the Bulimba Reach in Queensland, Australia. The two story home was built in strong connection to its landscape, particularly with an 80 year old Poincianna tree and a public riverfront boardwalk.

According to the architects, “the dwelling adopts a courtyard typology with two pavillions linked by a large double height stairwell and external courtyard. The form is conceptualized as an object carved from a solid volume of the allowable building area with the courtyard providing a protective volume from which to cross ventilate each of the spaces of the house and to allow the different spaces of the house connection but also discrete and subtle separation – the family home as a village”. We have to say we like the concept and we appreciate the way it was implemented in developing this elegant modern residence.

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G House - Sydney

G House - Sydney | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A typical eastern Suburbs harbour view site; long, narrow and sloping away from the road toward harbour and Manly views. As the house is set lower than the road with living spaces opening back toward the street, a lightweight timber screen filters street views and creates privacy, yet allows light and ventilation to the private living spaces. The house has two living levels; the primary living level opens out toward an elevated view and the lower living area flows out to a pool deck and private courtyards. The sleeping level is positioned on the top level, providing privacy, quiet and commanding views. Our primary design generator was to link vertical and horizontal circulation through double and triple volume spaces and a dialog of floating planes and connected textural elements. Finished such as polished concrete floors internally and externally, tinted concrete bench tops, raw basalt, timber and steel are assembled in a contemporary composition to facilitate easy living and a seamless flow between inside and out.

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Maleny House by Bark Design Architects

Maleny House by Bark Design Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The ‘Glass House Mountain House’ in Maleny, celebrates its site, perched on the edge of the remnant rim of the Glass House range, as well as the essence of its place – ‘sky and mountains’. Translated into a place of ‘glass and stone’ inextricably connected to its landscape it has qualities of being anchored, robust and earthbound as well as being transparent, light and floating.

Memorable to the experience is the ‘sanctuary’ of the courtyard space, whose edges are defined by ambiguous indoor outdoor thresholds of the transparent internal spaces, sitting between the refuge of a monumental basalt ‘Garden Wall’ and the broader natural volcanic landscape. Engaging with existing topography, orientation, views and vegetation, the house balances economy and fine craft.

It celebrates economical finishes, directness, authenticity, natural, textured and unadorned surfaces which are embroidered with highly crafted timber elements and pieces. Surfaces, finishes and details exhibit the Japanese concept of wabi sabi – the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete, allowed to weather and evolve with time...

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