While in a great location, this home is on a very compact and square 348m² site which posed a challenge. Long sites are typically better when trying to achieve good solar passive performance.
The solution here was to create a home with a northern courtyard that essentially narrowed the home at the waist. This allows lots of winter sun to shine into the heart of the home and sea breezes to cool it in summer.
Adjustable louvers around the top of the courtyard roof allow the occupants to control the amount of sunlight that comes into the home. The skillion roof was purposely selected to create The Bernoulli Effect. Air that flows over the roof creates a low pressure which in turn draws air through the home and out through the alfresco area. By adjusting how much the windows are open in the adjacent bedrooms the clients can control the airflow through the home.