Hot Box

Photography: Simon Wilson


A simple box for a young couple and their toddler. This two-storey, three-bedroom house exemplifies passive solar design.

Low-tech solutions to efficiency such as deep eaves, northern orientation, and thermal mass, are coupled with a high level of insulation. Slender structural members create a regular rhythm and provide a framework for deciduous vines.

A tricky site with limited access, the rectangular plan wedges into the hillside offering shelter from the prevailing winds, privacy and a view across the valley.

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