Our clients brief for this project was quite succinct. Design a home to feel like an African safari resort that incorporates Passive House design principles! After spending some time in Africa they fell in love with the outdoor lifestyle, always cooking outdoors and sitting around an open fire pit. Like any good resort the home should incorporate a swimming pool and all areas of the home should connect with it.
The most important factor to any high performing home is its orientation. We know that poor orientation of a building and glazing can increase its energy consumption by over 50%. Energy consumption aside, bad orientation just makes a building uncomfortable so it’s important to get this right. This site, located in Kensington, orientates north east which is pretty typical of a great deal of Perth’s residential properties. During the briefing stage we created many functional relationship diagrams to test the best configuration and positioning of spaces, always keeping in mind the desired outcome of creating that resort feel. The final configuration saw us creating two pavilions that looked back into the pool area. One pavilion contained all the living spaces and as such zones are used as much during the day as at night, so this pavilion was orientated to north to make the most of northern light allowing maximum protection for glazing from the summer sun.