Xavier House, Hawthorn Energy Efficient Building, Melbourne Real Estate, Australian Passive Design Principles, Images

Xavier House in Hawthorn

14 Apr 2022

Design: Bryant Alsop

Location: Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Xavier House Hawthorn

Photos by Emily Bartlett

Xavier House, Australia

Located at the end of a dead-end street, Xavier breaks away from its neighbourhood context by eliminating a front fence – a simple gesture that allows the site to spatially appropriate well beyond its title boundaries. The house then, in this context, becomes the physical barrier between the public and private realms – a layered, folding screen.

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White painted brickwork folds in to identify the entrance and upon entering the house, a large, light-filled entry creates a moment for residents and guests to pause, take off their shoes and take in the house and landscape.

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Natural materials (timber, wool, marble) and soft tones throughout bring a calmness as you move through and up into the house; north-facing windows allow natural light to penetrate deep into the living zones.

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Programmatically, the house divides into fairly traditional zones -children upstairs; parents downstairs at the front, and living spaces opening onto a north-facing lawn & entertainment area. Service areas are pushed to the southern edge of the plan allowing maximum aspect to the north.

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The project has a strong focus on sustainable systems – solar power, heat pump HWS and heat-recovery heating/cooling; as well as employing good passive design principles, low-VOC products and high-performance glazing.

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Xavier House in Hawthorn, Melbourne – Building Information

Architect: Bryant Alsop – https://www.bryantalsop.com.au/

Project size: 368 sqm
Site size: 561 sqm
Completion date: 2022
Building levels: 2

Xavier House Hawthorn

Photography: Emily Bartlett

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Location: Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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