A backpainted glass splashback provides a vibrant accent.

A backpainted glass splashback provides a vibrant accent.

A wood bookcase and rolled steel fire surround are features of the living area.

A wood bookcase and rolled steel fire surround are features of the living area.

An array of solar panels powers this green suburban home designed by architect Richard Harrington.

Self-sufficient – sustainable suburban home

Most design elements are simple and unadorned, and reflect a connection to nature, such as the minimalist vanity and slate floor in the bathroom. Low-flow water fixtures were specified.

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Set at one end of the living spaces, the cantilevered kitchen island is a social hub within the home. Its dramatic elongated form is supported by an internal steel structure.

Set at one end of the living spaces, the cantilevered kitchen island is a social hub within the home. Its dramatic elongated form is supported by an internal steel structure.

The interiors are calm and understated, with pops of vibrancy coming from colour-changing LEDs around the cabinetry and a backpainted glass splashback.

The interiors are calm and understated, with pops of vibrancy coming from colour-changing LEDs around the cabinetry and a backpainted glass splashback.

Overhangs and sensor-operated louvres help with passive control of the sun, while clerestory windows aid cross ventilation. An eco-friendly wood pellet fire also features.

Overhangs and sensor-operated louvres help with passive control of the sun, while clerestory windows aid cross ventilation. An eco-friendly wood pellet fire also features.

The site was chosen in part for its panoramic outlooks, but passive control over the elements was also an important part of the eco-friendly design. Sensor-operated louvres screen out the hot summer sun, while admitting the winter sun on a lower trajectory. All interior fit-out items are non-toxic with low VOC and formaldehyde credentials. Carpets manufactured from natural, renewably sourced polymers are another feature in the home.

The site was chosen in part for its panoramic outlooks, but passive control over the elements was also an important part of the eco-friendly design. Sensor-operated louvres screen out the hot summer sun, while admitting the winter sun on a lower trajectory. All interior fit-out items are non-toxic with low VOC and formaldehyde credentials. Carpets manufactured from natural, renewably sourced polymers are another feature in the home.

Several eco-friendly factors were introduced in the design and construction of this house. These include an array of photovoltaic panels to capture the sun's energy and convert it into electricity.

Several eco-friendly factors were introduced in the design and construction of this house. These include an array of photovoltaic panels to capture the sun's energy and convert it into electricity.


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