A Minimal Brown and White Timbered Australian House
This wood-centric home is the work of an Australian architectural group that has been in the vanguard of sustainable development in Sydney for over a decade.
As both architect and builder, CplusC focused on timber to heighten the design of the Queens Park Residence.
A recycled Jarrah floorboard ceiling, reflected in the entry floor, promotes a feeling of warmth, welcome, and connection.The hallway extends through the house, like a tree trunk from which the private spaces branch out.
CplusC use cement and steel very sparingly, because of the CO2 emissions in its production. â€œ10 tonnes of raw material is required to be mined for every one tonne of cement produced. With steel 14 tonnes of iron ore are required for 1 tonne of steel produced”.
They also spurn the use of carpet which â€œwill last for 10,000 years in landfill, but only 6 years as carpet”, a practice they describe as â€˜making landfillâ€™ that is temporarily used as a â€˜building materialâ€™.â€
So their brown/white or white/brown house is whittled down to one sustainable Australian plantation timber from managed forests. They built the house in such a way as to minimize waste. Typically 30% of building materials can go to landfill.
The wood is sourced from South Eastern forests in NSW that are generally not clear-felled, and therefore have a more sustainable regime of management compared to the Hardwood forests of Victoria or Tasmania, meeting Australian Forestry Standard requirements.
To catch every precious drop of Australian rain, the roof is a butterfly roof.