This sustainable home produces energy and stores excess solar power in two Tesla powerwalls!
One of the main pillars of AMA – Austin Maynard Architects is sustainability. Whether this is achieved through solar power, Tesla batteries, exterior blinds, or all of the above – building homes that leave small footprints in our environment is of paramount importance to Austin Maynard architects. After completing the work on their garden shed, the design team built their most sustainable house to date, one that functions as a power plant and produces more sustainable energy than it consumes.
On average, the Australian house consumes 19 kWh of energy in a day. To turn this statistic on its head, Garden House produces 100 kWh of energy with the help of a 26 kWh Tesla battery. Through this shared use of energy, Garden House finds the future of sustainability at home and is operated with solar energy and supplies the block’s shared energy network. With many Australians using solar panels to power their homes, Garden House is in good company on a narrow street full of garden oases and lush greenery. In order not to disturb the natural terrain in and around the property of the house, AMA developed the layout and the connected pavilions of Garden House, which are based on the network of already existing garden areas and trees. This formed the stage and literally the basis for the house’s commitment to producing more sustainable energy than it needs to run.
The architects at Garden House made sure that the house was built using a passive construction method, the roof was filled with solar collectors and the interior was equipped with double studded wall insulation and sub-floor insulation made of an insulated concrete slab. Even the building materials used were chosen for their sustainability, and recycled bricks were chosen to build the house’s connected pavilions behind the white clapboard garage. Inside, the house does not require gas for any type of interior insulation – hot water, space heating and cooling, water heating and pool heating are all supplied by highly efficient heat pumps. Aside from being a fully automated smart home that runs on two Tesla electricity walls, the designers did not disturb the original landscape and natural green of the property when building the Garden House.
Hidden in a lush garden paradise, Garden House is much more than meets the eye. At first glance, the Garden House garage shows a modest house with a pentagonal frame that is encased in optically white clapboard. Beyond the garage, interconnected brick pavilions connect family rooms and bedrooms, appearing as separate buildings only connected by mirrored glass corridors that mirror the surrounding green gardens. Each pavilion was designed to divide most of the home into four smaller zones. In every area of the house, concealed doors give access to the whole house and the garden. Open balconies and tall kitchen doors open onto the gardens and fill the house and garden with a heavenly flair.
Designer: Austin Maynard Architects
The side entrance of the house transforms the modest garage into a lush backyard garden, which is connected by covered brick pavilions.
From the street, the Garden House looks like a simple, pentagonal house that is clad in optically white clapboard.
Beyond the garage, Garden House blooms into the family home it is and can accommodate five family members.
The interconnected brick pavilions of the house accommodate bedrooms and family rooms, which are connected by mirrored glass corridors.
The interior of the house features a brick interior for a rustic look in an otherwise extremely modern home.
Two Tesla Power Walls store the energy generated by the roof’s solar panels.
High doors and huge windows bring the family even closer to their backyard oasis.
Natural sunlight fills the hallways and bedrooms throughout the Garden House.
Ash-black metal accents light up the furniture work made of natural wood.
External blinds prevent the bedrooms from overheating due to the overflow of natural sunlight.