The process of transforming this skinny, empty lot in a historic precinct into a haven of inner-city chic was featured on Grand Designs, and was Australia’s most awarded home, winning the Code Green team many awards for environmental leadership and design
Code Green designed unconventional approaches to expand and lighten this miniature masterpiece. From a mirrored black ceiling in a downstairs space to a floating staircase rising above a seamless ebony kitchen camouflaged into the fabric of the home.
The house embodies Code Green’s ECO philosophy, using sustainable materials wherever possible:
- Soaring external vertical gardens feature strongly
- A flowering Green Roof supplies insulation for the home, an aesthetically pleasing view for neighbours, and an environment for the local flora and fauna
- Roof top solar tubes provide heat via an underground storage cell, for both the ground floor hydronic heating of the concrete slab as well as supplying hot water
- 3,500-litre underground water storage tank feeds not only the roof top garden and vertical gardens, but also the rear garden’s centrepiece – a suspended glass table waterfall
- Walls were constructed using a combination of new and second-hand bricks.
- The exterior of the external walls were insulated using a R3.2 rating Unitex insulated panel.
- Natural light flow was created via skylights and the use of opaque glass inserts in all internal doors.
- Thermal performance was gained by incorporating double glazed windows
- Home automation was added to allow for this high-tech home to be operated at a touch of a button