Modular Passive House.

Indoor health and exceptional energy efficiency are front and centre in this four bedroom home in Melbourne. 

With a low lying form, the building remains humble to its existing protected surrounding landscape of pine and gum trees. Curved timber screens soften the corners and Blackbutt Shou Sugi Ban external cladding aid to blur the line between building and bushland.

A 10m long projecting clerestory roof offer scattered glimpses of the surrounding southern tree canopy from the interior spaces through an angled mirrored ceiling along the corridor linking the bedrooms, while the main living area opens up to a large deck which overlooks the garden below and vista beyond to the north.

The home acts as a sanctuary for the family. Designed to provide a strong connection to nature, it emphasises wellbeing and environmental sustainability. For this reason, the residence has been built to the Passive House standard - ensuring optimum indoor air quality and thermal comfort all year round with minimal energy consumption.

The expansive windows are triple-glazed and airtight with a U value of less than 1. The home utilised the efficiencies of modular construction to meet time, cost and quality targets that would usually be unachievable with a standard onsite build.

Project value: $2,300,000 including GST, design, consultant and authority fees, factory and site based construction. Modular building system.