Forest Lodge: Award winning ECO House

Forest Lodge: Award winning ECO House

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 won 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 insects and birds
  • Roof top solar tubes provide heat via an underground storage cell, for both the ground floor concrete slab and hot water
  • 3,500-litre water storage tank feeds not only the roof top garden and vertical gardens, but also the rear garden’s centrepiece – a suspended table waterfall
  • Walls were constructed using a combination of new and second-hand bricks, and 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 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

The state-of-the-art techniques refined for the Australian market were featured on Grand Designs Australia in November 2013.


  • Assignment : Design, Construction and Project Management
  • Location : Sydney
  • Build Duration : 39 weeks