THE RIDGE

MELBOURNE | 2016

Architecture: level-ak
Construction: Anderson Homes

Consultants:

Desmier Designs
S.K.D. Garden Design
Nsient Consulting Engineers
Anthony Middling & Associates
Hellierd McFarland-Cityplan
Northern Environmental Design
Allen Karlovic Soil Engineering
Photography: Georges Chedid

 

As most baby boomers are downsizing our clients decided, instead, to upsize to accommodate their extended family. This two-storey house is designed so our clients can enjoy the ground floor with the private study, master bedroom, living areas and garden, while the upstairs floor is catered for the extended family, with a private kitchenette and terraces.

 

The unique levelling and open plan allows for a seamless engagement with the surrounding environment, blending the interior with the exterior.

 

We chose red cladding on the sloped and vertical forms to blend the modern contemporary form with the neighbours’ existing traditional brick houses.

 

This contemporary sustainable house enjoys a temperate environment due to the implementation of the main principles of passive design:

  • Capturing North sunlight with adequate screening

  • Allowing cross ventilation through the whole house

  • Installing double glazing with low U value

  • Increasing the insulation in all external and internal walls

 

We were able to maximize the use solar panels by avoiding a pitch roof. These solar panels generate eight kilowatts, which cater for most of the energy needs of the house. We also installed a 20,000-litre rainwater tank under the front garden in order to irrigate the garden and provide water for the toilets.

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