Callinthe House, Doonan Home, QLD Modern Architecture, Sunshine Coast Open-Plan Residence, New Property Photos
Callinthe House, Doonan Sunshine Coast
26 Jun 2021
Design: Tim Ditchfield Architects
Location: Doonan, Sunshine Coast, Australia
The Callinthe House has been designed to closely connect with its semi-rural context. It is positioned to the rear of the site to ensure privacy from Calanthe Avenue and to be able to take advantage of fantastic views south to a mature eucalypt conservation forest and to look north over landscaped open space.
The house has an ideal long east-west axis which was an important factor in it achieving a 8.5 star energy rating. A 4.2Kw solar power system and evacuated cell hot water system have been installed. A central rammed earth spine wall provides a strong visual element and thermal mass which helps maintain a comfortable stable internal temperature through-out the year without relying on air conditioning.
The north and south walls of the living area, slide away to allow a seamless link to adjacent verandahs.
External colorbond metal cladding has been used for its low maintenance quality and it will help protect the house in the event of a bushfire.
What was the conceptual framework?
The brief asked for the house to be designed using sustainable design principles and to provide for an outdoor lifestyle.
Key design principles include:-
• Long east-west axis for optimum climatic performance and to open house to north side landscape space and south side forest reserve
• Low set to connect with semi-rural context
• Central rammed earth spine wall
• Large verandah spaces
• Slide-away walls to living area for seamless connection to verandahs
What are the sustainability features?
The client brief was underpinned by a request for the house to be designed using sustainable design principles. The house has an ideal long east-west axis with narrow east-west elevations. For optimum climatic performance a custom designed north facing sloped roof has been used to discreetly mount an array of photo voltaic cells providing a 4.2 Kw solar power system.
An evacuated cell hot water system has been installed. A central rammed earth wall provides thermal mass. To help maintain a comfortable stable internal temperature throughout the year without relying on air-conditioning the north and south walls to the living area slide away to maximise cross ventilation.
Glass louvres have been used extensively throughout the house and viridian SP30 Smart glass has been used. A wastewater treatment system has been used and all rainwater is collected in above ground water tanks.
The house has achieved a Nathers 8.5 Star Energy Rating.
Callinthe House in Doonan, Sunshine Coast – Building Information
Architect: Tim Ditchfield Architects
Completion date: 2012
Photographs: Scott Burrows
Callinthe House, Doonan Sunshine Coast images / information received 260621
Location: Doonan, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
photography: Paul Smith Images
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