steel portal roof fixed to limestone sheet below ground
floating grillage concrete floors with Hebel infill walls
embodies climate responsive design, solar hws, photovoltaics with grid connect inverter, rain water,
Wisconsin mound, conservatory, clerestory, ventilated pantry, solar drying cupboard
The Packer family have built for themselves a home during 2001 which draws on many of the features already previously developed in houses from this practice.
The site is a rural living allotment on the north-east outskirt of the small town of Mundulla, 10km south-west of Bordertown in South Australia's South-East.
The land has an open north aspect on level open ground, with the
existing mature vegetation and town cemetery abutting to the south.
The design of the house reflects these design priorities.
The floor plan is three pavilions, where the roof is supported on
overarching steel portals which span clear of the building wall
The separate and inset grillage concrete floor rafts for each section
of the house in contrast are intended to bob up and down independantly
with the soil movement.
The zen 'go with the flow' approach as opposed to the colonialist domination theory.
The house features many of this practice's standard components.
Standard steel cold rolled portals as the primary structure, in this
case braced with visible rod and tube cross braces.
Roof water is collected for in-house potable use.
Waste waters are sent via treatment tank to disposal. Because of the
poor absorption of these soils, a 'Wisconsin Mound' has been built.
The mound takes pressure injected waste water into holding pipe and
gravel to allow constant water application into the sand mound onto the
raked clay surface.
The house contains the normal passive systems including conservatory
Power demand is contained as it is in the other projects from this practice.
Switches have indicator lights.
Hot water is produced by solar hot water system with gas boost.
The building layout follows passive principles, with north orientation,
western side shaded, roof overhang shading summer sun out but
allowing winter warming sun in.