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625 views • August 20, 2021

A Minimalist Off-Grid Retreat for the Harsh Australian Landscape

The Design Emotive
Take another look at Elemental House, an off-grid retreat that faces all the elements that Australia has to offer. This modern cabin needs to contend with scorching summer sun, freezing winters, low-level cyclonic winds and the threat of bushfire. Being off-grid, you need to be smart not only with ensuring you have enough water storage, solar collection and the right waste system, but the home needs to be designed efficiently. As the architect, Ben Callery states, you won't ever have enough solar panels if the home isn't designed efficiently in the first place. With this in mind, the home gets the basics of sustainability right, with the right eaves to block out summer sun but let the winter sun in, good orientation and cross ventilation, reducing the need for excess energy usage. Watch to hear Ben Callery and Tim Shallue talk about the sustainability principles incorporated into this compact off-grid retreat. Due to on-going lockdowns here in Melbourne, I will be taking another look at select homes that has been published to the channel. If there is a particular home you want to see more of, leave your suggestion in the comments section. The original article; https://thedesignemotive.com/episodes/australian-homes/elemental-house-ben-callery-architects Watch A Contemporary Home Addition with a Glass Floor; https://youtu.be/Q1bdxvIw9LA Support the channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe1R0tqKeEZmbCMPZzH5M2g/join Ben Callery Architects Website - https://www.bencallery.com.au/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/bencalleryarchitects/ Join the mailing list to have episodes delivered straight to your inbox every fortnight; https://www.thedesignemotive.com/mailing-list For More from The Design Emotive Website - https://www.thedesignemotive.com Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/thedesignemotive Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/thedesignemotive Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/thedesignemotive Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/antrichardson_ Mailing list - https://www.thedesignemotive.com/mailing-list Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thedesignemotive For business inquires, advertising, sponsorship, etc, visit https://www.thedesignemotive.com/advertise and fill out the form. If you're an Australian architecture practice and have a home we can film, get in touch; https://thedesignemotive.com/submissions _________________________________ Produced by The Design Emotive Directed by Anthony Richardson Camera Operated by Anthony Richardson Edited by Anthony Richardson Music from YouTube Audio Library _________________________________ #AnArchitectsHome #AustralianHomes #HouseTour _________________________________
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