The site is located next to a state national forest in the
Pingelly district. The client's brief was to design an imaginative
small house that he was going to build and sub-contract himself.
Because there are limited services available the house had to be
self sufficient in terms of water supply and effluent disposal .It
was decided to use an existing dead tree as the central structure
of the house. A circular stair was designed around the tree to
access the upper mezzanine level. The tree was also designed to
support radiating re-cycled poles that supported the multi Facetted
roof. A central stone chimney housing a pizza oven which is used
for cooking and the raised mass slab provides thermal mass to keep
the house warm in winter and cool in summer. A combination of
stone, straw bale and timber framed, insulated, weatherboard walls
was used for the external walling - this has resulted in an earthy
piece of rugged architecture.
Environmental aspects - Passive solar design, composting toilet,
Solar hot water system, grey water re-use, watertanks.
Bedroom on mezzanine.
Gross Building Area
House - 90sqm plus decks.
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