eco house design

the cathedralette

brunswick, 2013

The Cathedralette House is a beautiful little exemplar of what is possible on a narrow site and a tight budget. The elegantly sweeping roof form is inspired by a heritage timber chapel nearby, sculpting a light filled north facing living room, whose generous proportions and cathedral ceiling belie the site’s space constraints. The client wanted to preserve her already petite garden so clever planning and a mezzanine tucked into the roof space create a more efficient, comfortable space to live in with no wasted corners without the need to extend the footprint.

Sustainable materials are used throughout from the radial cut timber weatherboards to the internal plywood clad walls. Plasterboard has no place in this eco design. Steel is minimised in the structure in favour of more renewable timber. Moveable furniture such as the island bench allow flexibility for entertaining. There is zero western glazing to protect from the harsh summer sun and glazing is maximised to the north with a feature trapezoidal window that will be adorned with re-purposed coloured glass that the client had lying around. On a chilly winters day when the light shines deep through this window, reflecting off the sweeping angled ceiling it will truly be a divine experience.

Best Residential up to $300K  2016


"This modest budget make-over of a small cottage for an empty nester completely transforms this inner suburban home into a light-filled and airy modern home." - BDAV Judges

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