Well, this is one of the best home kits we’ve ever seen. The weekend home just south of Sydney is more than just an escape for architect Hannah Tribe—principal and founder of tribestudio_—and her family. It’s also a prototype for a new kind of home. Looking at it from the street, the roughly 540-square-foot design presents itself modestly. Its timber-clad exterior nods to the local vernacular of the region, where fishing cottages frequently populate large gardens, but Hannah’s innovations make her home a departure from the buildings of yore: with a concentration on economy of materials used, energy efficiency, and replicability in a variety of settings, Hannah’s design goes above and beyond. Passive heating and cooling are achieved through the thermal mass of the concrete slab on which the home sits, along with floor-to-ceiling sliders that let the breeze through effortlessly. On top of the home, Hannah has employed a solar array that provides energy for the home, while a rainwater recycling system harvests all necessary water. Despite its compact footprint, the home fits two adult bedrooms along with a kids’ room. The designer also thought about how the space will age. By putting the home on a slab, Hannah has created a stepless design, allowing her to eventually age in place or accommodate guests with limited mobility. "This house is an attempt to achieve a high level of architectural and sustainable outcomes at a low cost," says Hannah. "It is an experiment in delivering a more thoughtful kit home." Head to the link in bio to read more about Hannah’s game-changing design.
Photos by _katlu
Story by jenniferlagdameo
Builder & General Contractor ballast_construction
Structural Engineering by cantileverengineers
Landscaping by christopher_owen_
Artwork by Gemma Smith
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