Just outside of Launceston in one of the windiest corridors of the island is this cleverly designed sustainable home aptly named “Well, Blow Me Down”. And just because a house is clever, doesn’t mean it can’t be epitome of style and elegance. The best way to achieve that harmony of form and function is to establish a close collaboration between architect and client.
Inside the house there are two living rooms, the first an enclosed interior for when people need to be separate from the elements (containing a skylight and large central slow combustion stove) and the second, an open space, where there is one complete glass wall to the expansive views. The roof of the open space is a curved wing, which trusts itself out against the prevailing gales. It is held down by a rear concrete wall which also acts as high thermal mass.
The extension of the roof was calculated to completely screen the glass wall in summer yet allow maximum sun penetration in winter. Linked with a quarry tile paved concrete slab floor, this space forms the passive solar heating element for the whole house. Floor slabs are insulated from the surrounding earth and the whole interior is warm in winter and cool in the summer which means there are no heating bills for this house even though Tasmania is known for one of the coldest climates in Australia.
It’s a home that is at one with the surrounding enviroment - such is the value of clever design.
Morris-Nunn + Associates
Hobart, TAS, 7000