This house has been designed to closely connect with its semi-rural context. It is positioned to the rear of the site to ensure privacy from Calanthe Avenue and to be able to take advantage of fantastic views south to a mature eucalypt conservation forest and to look north over landscaped open space.
Project Name: Callinthe
Studio Name: Tim Ditchfield Architects
Completion date: 2012
Location: Doonan, Sunshine Coast, Australia
Photography: Scott Burrows
The house has an ideal long east-west axis which was an important factor in it achieving a 8.5 star energy rating. A 4.2Kw solar power system and evacuated cell hot water system have been installed.
A central rammed earth spine wall provides a strong visual element and thermal mass which helps maintain a comfortable stable internal temperature through-out the year without relying on air conditioning.
The north and south walls of the living area, slide away to allow a seamless link to adjacent verandahs.
External colorbond metal cladding has been used for its low maintenance quality and it will help protect the house in the event of a bushfire.