The house was designed in one session on site, sitting on a log in the forest, CAD modeled on a laptop.
Two pavilions connected by a timber deck allow total perforation of the floor plan for passive cooling, along with deep shading as required to control sun penetration.
One pavilion contains all living areas, the other all bedrooms and bathrooms.
The front (west) allows views to the Karanda plateau massif on the far side of the valley, while the rear (east) end of each pavilion provides a view and sounds from the wet season creek below.
Louvre windows are used exclusively to maximize cross-ventilation. The lightweight elevated construction retains no heat, and reflective foil insulation provides all the insulation needed. A cyclone shelter and laundry are contained beneath the main pavilion.
Winner of 2008 BDA NSW ESD AWARD