Photos: © Simon Devitt, via Blog Reflex Deco
On Great Barrier Island, off the northern coast of New Zealand, surrounded by a remarkable natural landscape and by Puriri trees, Blackwoods and other natives, sits the newly built and aptly named Great Barrier Island House. The work of Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects, the family house is elevated to protect against flooding, and is built of timber from South Pacific Timber, a sustainable logging company.
In a letter from the house's residents provided by Crosson Clarke Carnachan, the clients extolled the building's sustainable properties:
It is an astonishingly decadent feeling lying in a bath of free water, heated by the sun, pumped by solar power. Free as anything! Hot water gets up to 68 degrees in the tank from the sun, and has to be cooled to come out the tap. "With 9 staying and all the laptops, music, washing etc we've only run the generator 3 times ever. All the irrigation systems do clever things. So it's more than a PC nod to sustainability, as you know from all our fussing about timbers and paints.
But while the house it certainly gorgeous, it looks like there's a lot of room for green-minded improvement. Judging by the spaciousness of the interiors, a lot of square footage could be chopped off, and most of the furniture replaced with space-saving furnishings.
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