Description by Max Pritchard Architects :
The subdivision formed by the relocation of a school provided the site for this economical suburban house.
A linear steel and timber framed pavilion is sited on the south side of the allotment to maximize access to winter sun for passive heating and to open up indoor areas to a shaded, terraced garden.
The house steps down to follow the slope of the land minimizing cut and avoiding soil disturbance. Materials are selected for economy, low maintenance and energy performance and to provide a fresh modern appearance.The polished concrete floor acts as a heat sink, absorbing winter sun for reradiation at night. Corrugated iron is the main external wall cladding, roofing material and ceiling to the open living area.
Costs were comparable with standard builders’ homes but provided distinct advantages in energy consumption and the relationship of indoor outdoor area.