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23 Green Street, Mount Hawthorn
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LOCAL AND GLOBAL
ABOVE The kitchen features gloss lacquered cabinets,
granite benchtops and a large island bench. LEFT Neutral
tones and natural products include classic marble and
travertine in the ensuite. BELOW Natural convective
cooling was enhanced from the lower floor to the upper
floor using the staircase (stack-effect principle).
Solar Dwellings is committed to providing
quality homes that don’t cost the earth,
financially or environmentally.
The unique design company specialises in
providing passive solar homes that are energy
and water efficient and low allergen with a low
Solar Dwellings Director Griff Morris
designed his first passive solar house in 1977 and
constructed the home over the next five years.
Griff went on to establish Solar Dwellings
and for the past 20 years has been raising the
benchmark for affordable sustainable residential
design, encouraging innovation and inspiring
the aspirations of the West Australian
It was a seamless fit for Solar Dwellings to design
this spacious and contemporary home on 720sqm.
The brief detailed a bright and airy home with
four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a professional
office that would be suitable for a grown family
with adult children attending university.
Being keen cooks, the clients required a large
kitchen with walk-in pantry that would allow
entertaining to flow into the outdoor alfresco
and living areas.
Solar louvres, deciduous vines and projection
of the upper balcony to the north protect from
the harsh summer sun.
The home has been designed so that further
energy-efficiency expansion and the inclusion of
a greywater recycling system will be a cinch.
Granite benchtops, gloss lacquered cabinets,
cedar linings, classic marble and travertine create
a timeless and luxurious atmosphere.
The home has won numerous sustainability
awards, including the 2010 HIA GreenSmart
Award for Energy Efficiency.
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