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The design of this 6 Star+ residence owes its inspiration to the renowned Austrian artist ‘Hundertwasser’, in line with his philosophy that “bright colours are used as a pure reflection of nature”.

This project comprises a 3 bedroom, 200m2 residence and detailed landscape design on a sensitive site which falls steeply toward the Barwon River. This resulted in a linear cranked roof form that followed the east west gradient of the site to take best advantage of a limited solar window, and direct roof water runoff to the under floor water storage.

The ‘deep green’ clients demanded the highest level of sustainability with a full range of features including:


  • innovative concrete screed slab for thermal mass
  • attached passive heating greenhouse with integrated heat shifting system
  • sub floor ‘coolth’ ventilation system
  • integrated flexible sun shading system
  • low ‘e’ & Argon filled double glazing
  • hyper insulation – R 7.0 to roof, R 4.5 to floor and R 1.5 to walls
  • high efficiency gas hydronic space heating
  • extensive draft sealing
  • ‘real time’ power monitor
  • 2040 watt photovoltaic grid interactive power system
  • high efficiency gas boosted solar evacuated tube HWS

Water Supply:

  • 2 x 9600lt rainwater tanks with automated mains water backup – 90% potable water use reduction target
  • colloidal silver water filter system
  • Waste Water:
  • ‘all waste’ wormfarm wastewater treatment system
  • on site storm water retention and reuse, edible or drought resistant planting


  • FSC certified timber window frames
  • extensive use of sustainable, recycled and low toxicity building materials


  • Winner – HIA Greensmart Awards – Building of the Year
  • Winner- 2007 HIA Greensmart Awards – Resource Efficiency