Aquas Perma Solar Firma | CplusC Architectural Workshop
Alexandria, NSW, Australia

Architects
Project Type
  • Residential
Location
  • Alexandria, NSW, Australia
Lead Architect
  • Clinton Cole
Area
  • 110m2
Project Year
  • 2015
Photographer
  • Murray Fredericks & Michael Lassman
Builder
Collaborative Companies
  • Partridge
  • Damian O’Toole
  • Tenze Engineering
  • Windoor
  • SE Timber Floors
  • Halliday and Baillie
  • Parisi
  • Astra Walker Tapware
  • Miele appliances
  • Liebherr Fridge
  • Breezeway
  • Maxim Fins
  • Tankmasta
  • SmartHeat
Location
  • Alexandria, NSW, Australia

Aquas Perma Solar Firma by CplusC Architectural Workshop is a home tailored to the needs of a modern, environmentally conscious and socially responsible couple.

The studio’s most sustainable project to date, it includes an aquaponics system for fish harvesting, rainwater storage for use throughout the home, a wicking bed to filter water, compost, a worm farm and chicken coop working in harmony with a productive vegetable garden, an evacuated glass tube solar hot water system and a 3KW photovoltaic power generation system to run the home and charge the couple’s electric car. Combined, these elements have meant that the house surpassed the clients desire for a sustainable home and is virtually off grid for most the year.

CplusC were approached by the owners of an existing terrace house in an urban area of Sydney to help them realise their vision of a home that would be the embodiment of their commitment to the environment. The result is Aquas Perma Solar Firma, a beautiful, small footprint home which has reinvented the terrace typology and lifestyle.

Vertical circulation is shifted to the front façade and a circular stair is formed by an array of glass and timber battens which doubles as an internal garden. The house combines innovative architectural design with off grid green initiatives.

A key objective of the design process was to find a way to ensure the design would contribute to the longevity of the building. To this end, a central courtyard provides all internal spaces with superior natural light and access to green spaces despite site restrictions, while planting beds are integrated into the home to improve internal air quality. Seamless integration of green spaces within the home was paramount.

Vertically hung sliding doors operated via a rack and pinion crankwheel paired with a custom concrete counterweight open the interior of the house to the courtyard and the kitchen has an unobstructed connection to the rear yard with sliding, stacking doors that disappear from view.

The brief also called for a versatile primary living space; it should be an entertaining space, a ‘work from home’ space and should be able to transform into a blank canvas at a moment’s notice. The result was a custom, adjustable table which provided the necessary flexibility to change the use of the rear space.

The large bench overarches three smaller tables with adjustable height legs; in different configurations they form a place to sit, eat, stand, converse, work, mill and chat. Essential services are aligned along the party wall and the cabinetry finish subtly increases the ambient light, contrasting warmer brick and timber tones. A custom, folded steel shelf houses a collection of everyday objects and products the owner’s delight in.

The clients had lived in the same street for many years before deciding to commission Aquas Perma Solar Firma and since it’s completion, they’ve reported that they socialise regularly with several neighbours. Their home generates so much fresh produce that they share it with their neighbours, creating a neighbourhood co-op of sorts and indirectly they’ve developed greater relationships with their neighbours.

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Murray Fredericks & Michael Lassman

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