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206 SCOOP Homes annual 2012/13
he owners of this home wanted to live
in a house where it felt like they were
always on holidays.
The design had to be sustainable and solar-
passive, offering year-round temperature comfort
with minimal heating and cooling costs. A variety
of outside areas was required to allow entertaining
during various seasons, and a mixture of materials
had to be used both internally and externally.
The house was designed around three
different external alfresco areas, with the main
floor plan consisting of three separate wings joined
together by glass walkways. Living areas were
protected against the harsh summer sun while
taking advantage of the northern sun. Glass was
used for the walkways so the northern sun
would be captured in all rooms. Insulation
was installed in the floor, walls and ceiling
of the home to help control the temperature,
while high windows in some of the rooms
reduce heat transfer without sacrificing natural-
Both natural and artificial stone is used. In the
main living area, a feature wall of rough ebony stone
complements the stone on the home’s exterior.
The kitchen has copious space, and a breakfast
bar offers casual eating away from the living area.
The fireplace in the living area is not only a focal
point for the room but also discretely separates the
open-plan living space and kitchen.
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