Greetings from Australia! 🙂
Situated amid quiet sophistication at the foot of the Otways National Park with 180 degree views of the Otways, Kennett River and the ocean, Embodied Construction built this awesome shipping container home. Step into a special world of secluded opulence where cutting edge engineering and rare artisanship have met to architecturally express the freedom of the seaside setting using three key components – timber, steel and glass. This 4 bedroom home is defined by clean contemporary lines combined with the classic appeal of local timber detailing.
Cleverly constructed using shipping containers to create a masterpiece with a low carbon footprint. Rising over two impressive levels with an abundance of natural light streaming through the double glazed full height windows the magnificent interiors include an atrium staircase made of local hardwood timbers that not only makes the most of the surrounding views, but allows for hot air to be purged from the home through its apex windows. A large custom kitchen island bench and breakfast bar includes smeg appliances, integrated fridge and dishwasher and a walk in pantry, lacquered timber joinery and stone work.
A sublime open plan living area spills out to the tiled balcony of impressive proportions which offers impressive views of the crashing waves below. Large master suite with luxury Ensuite featuring custom joinery, natural marble, his and her sinks and frameless double shower. Downstairs features three further bedrooms which include generous mirrored built in robes, a central bathroom featuring natural marble and quality joinery as well as a cinema and rumpus room with access to a second balcony.
The very best appointments from electric atrium windows, powder room, study nook, cinema room, solar power system, hydronic heating, European hardware, vintec wine fridge, dekton large format ceramics, natural marble to bathrooms, beautiful timber flooring and a double lock up garage compliment this coveted, once in a lifetime beachfront address with the water, Kennett River and National Park walking trails all at your doorstep.
- Uses 10 shipping containers
- Rain water
- Septic system
- Passive cooling
- 2 levels
- 4 bedrooms
- 2.5 bathrooms
- 2 balconies
- Cinema room
The Kennett River home has been built using 10 shipping containers and has been designed to have a low carbon footprint, whilst still incorporating luxury appliances and materials. We achieved a low carbon footprint by using a mix of low embodied energy materials and new materials.
The home is almost entirely off the grid, with the exception of electricity, as it uses rain water, solar power and its own septic system. The house has been designed for passive cooling and uses only hydronic heating. The building is sited with the main living spaces and large windows facing onto the Nth-Est orientation to maximize the use of solar energy.
- Working with the client from concept phase to build and design a holiday home that would last generations
- Obtaining council planning permission
- Obtaining a building permit
- Managing all building works from foundations, to prefabricated, final finished and occupancy certificates.
- The project was delivered as a culmination of simplicity in design, without compromising on detailed finishes and features -challenging the notion of a singular approach to blended construction styles.
- Priority was given to sustainability, in terms of both the embodied energy of the project (via reusing shipping containers and recycled timber cladding) and minimizing the ongoing environmental impact of the project (rainwater system, solar power generation, alternative air conditioning design, on-site green septic treatment and energy efficient design).
Eco-friendly design notes:
- Solar power is used to generate power for the house, with mains connection hoped to be only a backup. The system is a 5kw Sungrow system with twenty 250W Lightway panels.
- Rainwater is captured from the roof for use following filtration, with capacity for year-round supply. The roof is of BlueScope Australia’s colorbond Ultra grade (suitable for severe marine environments) sheeting on lightweight trusses, which allows for water collection and double watertight protection for the home.
- On-site sewerage treatment plant provides for a clean solution to living “off the grid”, and also provides for a fertile backyard following treatment.
- Cladding is predominantly eco-sensitive, reconstituted timber, Australian owned and manufactured. The framing is Australian timber, milled locally from natural, non-plantation trees.
So what do you think? Would you live here? ☺