Green House: A Modern House with A Living, Breathing, Sustainable Space

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The inspiration for this modern house comes from the client’s connection with the landscape. Green House is located on a narrow site in Melbourne, the North Carlton, designed by Zen Architects. This house also represents the innovative use of sustainable design principles. The result of this project is a living, breathing, sustainable space.

Design

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The house is offset by the architect from the north boundary, creating a stunning courtyard with north-facing windows. Shade in summer is provided by deciduous planting with additional plants. These plants are integrated throughout the house site, improving the quality of indoor air. A roof garden is nestled in the tree canopies and perched above the surrounding rooftops, acts as an awesome oasis from the urban environment.

 

Heating and Cooling

 

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A two-storey north facing void provides passive heating, allowing the warm sunlight to come deep into the house and heating the thermal mass of exposed concrete ceiling and floor. Windows of the house provide passive cooling to catch breezes cooled by the courtyard pond and plants. Natural heat removal through the stack effect is facilitated by the two-storey void. The result of these is a pleasure living, breathing, sustainable space for the client.

 

Green House Gallery

 

Photographer: Emma Cross