When our clients from Ocean Grove made contact in January 2008 it was reservedly suggested by our client that it might be worth meeting on site in the first instance.
Little could have prepared us for what was to turn into a project which featured a successful fusion of high level sustainability with spectacular and unforgiving Bass Strait and Port Phillip Heads views.
The home is nestled cheek by jowl between houses of varying eras, and as such, it was important to create a home that set itself apart somewhat in form and materials. The home makes ideal use of its north facing rear garden with living areas spilling onto the north facing deck. Glimpses of views are provided from the second living space.
This project comprises a 3 bedroom, 200m2 residence and detailed landscape design on a sensitive site which falls steeply toward the Barwon River. This resulted in a linear cranked roof form that followed the east west gradient of the site to take best advantage of a limited solar window, and direct roof water runoff to the under floor water storage.
When a home becomes a focal point for a family to express themselves in ways they never thought possible, then we as architects feel pretty good to have been part of the process to design the ‘stage’ for this to occur .
The ‘stage’ consists of two timber, corrugated iron and rammed earth pavilions, a salt water pool and substantial workshop.
The Highton Residence demonstrates the high level of sustainability that can be achieved in a higher density residential project. In achieving this outcome, a contemporary design has provided a highly liveable, comfortable and healthy dwelling.
This project demonstrates a high level of sustainability achieved on a tight suburban block where north faces a side boundary.
This home provides an ideal setting for the contemporary Australian lifestyle. As a timber framed home, the design is particularly suitable for sloping sites and with minor adjustment to the location of windows, it will be a ‘5 star’ home regardless of which way it faces.
The brief for this project was to create a two bedroom, 5 star energy rated and passive solar home that capitalised on sweeping views of Cape Bridgewater, Bridgewater Lakes and Discovery Bay to the south, west and north. Provision was also made for future third bedroom extension, solar hot water and a grid connected solar power system.