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BDAV 2016 Building Design Awards

Culvert House Trentham

Winner Residential Design: New Houses $300K-500K

Designer: Maxa Design Pty Ltd
Web: www.maxadesign.com.au
Builder: N & NJ Massini Building
Photographer: Chris Neylon Photographer
Location: Trentham, VIC

The Culvert House Trentham is a fresh approach to a country house utilising iconic built forms. Sited to maximise the outlook and winter solar access, the home demonstrates the essence of passive solar design principles. The design provides the occupants a zero energy and zero water future through low-tech integrated systems, allowing them an uncomplicated lifestyle in a beautiful rural setting. Simple gable forms and the rectilinear plan facilitated an economical build. Externally expressed with elegant and sustainable material selections, the use of spotted gum vertical cladding references the adjacent mature gum trees. This very liveable country home demonstrates an elegant and simple execution of the clients’ requirements, providing them with a beautiful, self-sufficient home on a limited budget.