The balconies, pergolas, terrace and main roof canopy, wood sunscreens and lush new garden planter at the study sliders – all work in layers with improved orientation, added insulation and performance glazing to passively warm and cool the house. A continuous gutter line on the new roof canopy improves the harvesting of rainwater to storage tanks in the garden for irrigation. Together with groundwater and a full house filtration system, the house can run off the grid. The large north facing roof slope also provided the ideal opportunity to integrate a grid tied solar PV system. These investments together with the integration of well-considered passive heating and cooling solutions, increases the resilience of the whole house as a system; now an essential aspect of every project as we transform these older structures for the next generation.
Opened up within and on both sides, the house can now ”live through” from the City terrace on the hot North side to the pool terrace and mountainside garden on the south, taking full advantage of its unique setting and working to connect the city with the mountain.
Stuart Thompson, Architect