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cultivated, while at the same time providing
south- and north-facing external living areas
that suit seasonal variations.
The site slopes south towards a dam with
natural bush flanking it to the east and vines
to the west.
The layout of the residence along the contour
lines responds to views within the site, while
maintaining solar access to the interior thermal
mass elements, necessary to address passive
thermal design requirements.
A bedroom wing is separated from the main
living areas by the entry, which connects to the
lower level, where additional accommodation and
another living area are located.
All main living areas are connected to the
south-facing deck overlooking the dam, and
to the north-facing honed concrete terrace
that enjoys access to the northern sun and
The master bedroom and ancillary areas are
to be found to the west of the living areas, with
views over the vines and towards the distant hills
and the sea beyond.
The distinctive ‘butterfly’ style roof profile
responds to the need for access to the northern
winter sun, while opening the residence up to
the views to the south.
A rammed earth wall forms the spine to
the residence and provides the thermal mass
element to the bedrooms and ancillary areas.
Polished concrete to the main living and
dining area provides a durable and beautiful
visual connection both to the kitchen and the
external northern terrace.
This home was designed to be appropriate to
site and local climate, utilising passive thermal
The incisive combination of high ceilings,
good natural ventilation and the polished
concrete floor, which now acts as a heat sink,
assists in providing a comfortable thermal
environment for the occupants during the
“THIS HOME WAS DESIGNED
TO BE APPROPRIATE TO
SITE AND LOCAL CLIMATE,
UTILISING PASSIVE THERMAL
DESIGN PRINCIPLES ”
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