Sustainable design is not always about high-tech gadgets and cutting-edge technology and it is often intuitive and eco-friendly architecture that works wonders in creating green homes. Nestled on a sloping site in Avalon Beach New South Wales Australia is a home that brings together modular ease modern comfort crisp design and a plethora of planet-friendly features.
One instantly notices a blend of the traditional and contemporary inside this London home with exposed brick walls sitting comfortaby next to polished modern surfaces. The carefully curated contrast perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the extension even as the open sitting zone dining area and kitchen act as the new family space.
The small living area with its textured wall cozy fireplace and colorful Moroccan-style lighting fixtures feels both inviting and modern. With a comfy seat next to the fireplace and a plush couch on the opposite side of the room the living room acts as a transitional zone between the foyer the dining area and beyond.
A green roof though is neither revolutionary nor is it anything incredibly complicated to work with. The idea has been around for more than half a century and for some reason or the other it has simply not caught on as much as it should have. But the last decade has seen a surge in green sustainable home design and with it interest in green roof designs has peaked.
The idea of a seems revolutionary to most of us. A covering of greenery on the roof is not something you come across often and anytime we suggest a ‘living roof’ the idea is met with wariness and doubts rather than glee.
It is the series of stepped wooden shelves that transform the interior of this home and every level of the house is altered by their presence. On the lower level the series of shelves acts as a display unit for the living room and also doubles as a staircase railing that seems to flow into the second floor.
An island escape that can only be reached through waterways a low-lying cabin that can barely be spotted from a distance a green roof that keeps the temperature inside warm and toasty and a design that pays tribute to local architecture – the Go Home Bay Cabin in has plenty going for it. It is pretty much the ideal weekend retreat for the eco-conscious adventurer and designed by Ian MacDonald Architect its interior is as elegant as the idea behind its creation.