Beautiful Economy: Bynya House by Andrew Coomer
Images via Andrew Coomer and Associates
In North America, magazines from organizations like the Alternative Technology Association would show log cabins with solar panels on the roof and be all about tech. In Australia, they produce Sanctuary Magazine and show how gorgeous alternative technology can be- an entire magazine devoted to stunning examples of architectural design. A good example is Andrew Coomer's Bynya House in New South Wales.
The whole idea of constructability was important to me- to make the house as simple as possible. It is not a conventional house, but once you explain to people how it goes together they understand what you are talking about."
The wood frames, (jarrah, the aboriginal name for a species of eucalyptus) are cut from timber recycled from a demolished store.
The houseform is two offset pavilions.
I wanted to keep the cross sections of the house as this as possible. A thin house allows cross ventilation and light to penetrate, and two pavilions allows you to go thin.
It was designed around a uniform structural system with prefabricated timber components to reduce construction time and minimize waste.
Sanctuary calls this a "skillion roof", a term I had never heard of. Wikipedia defines it as
it is one of the features, like eaves, louvres and doors "used to deflect, catch and block appropriate breezes, sun angles and views."
a single sloping roof surface, not attached to another roof surface. Skillion roofs are sometimes called a shed roof, a flat roof, in the UK and Australia.