LOCATION Currumbin Valley, Gold Coast, Qld

Designed for a young family this challenging house design is a direct response to it’s steeply sloping site and orientation. There are amazing views of a natural bushland amphitheatre, dams and interspersed with ecovillage homes but it faces west. This was solved by positioning a large deck to the west which blocks the harsh summer sun from entering the house. There is only one balcony to the north which is kept small so as not to block winter sun from penetrating the large north facing windows. A strip of suspended polished concrete was placed along this northern wall to soak up this sun acting as Thermal Mass, a energy free heater. The owner states it’s the most comfortable house she has ever lived in!

This house is about as sustainable as a modern house can get. Commissioned by the Developers of The Ecovillage for their own residence as a showcase of World’s Best Practice in Sustainable Design. It was a collaborative effort and was dubbed “The Living Laboratory” and became part of the Qld. Sustainable House Program. It was operated in Partnership with the Qld. Govt. Dept. of Public Works and Housing. It’s an unusual style of architecture and uses a wide variety of building materials including clay render, local rock work, polished concrete floors, timber floors, 80% recycled materials, Ritek Roofing to name a few. Self sufficient in resources including power and water the house is made from non toxic materials, is access friendly and affordable ticking all the boxes for a highly sustainable site.