This house is located in an area near rugged coastline subject to strong prevailing winds and sits within an expanse of native tea tree. The pattern of tree growth is caused by light stimulus, or phototropism. In this project the analysis of dynamic forces - wind energy, wind turbulence and phototropism - have informed the modeling of the building envelope.
Within the living room the ceiling wraps down to an internal water tank. The tank cools the ambient air temperature of the living room during summer, supplies rain water, and structurally carries the roof load.
Wind scoops on the south elevation also act as a passive thermal device. These scoops trap cooling winds during summer whilst providing shading from the hot afternoon sun.
Paul Morgan, with Mark Feary, curated The Schanck Show, an art exhibition for which the house took on a temporary role as gallery.
Text from Paul Morgan ArchitectsPhotographs:Peter Bennetts