Beachfront Willow Home Boasts Solar Panels and Rainwater Collection


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Characterized by a balmy, temperate climate, the seaside Australian town Mount Martha couldn’t be a better site for this oceanfront home that opens itself to the sea breeze. OLA Studio, the firm behind the project, touts a strong commitment to passive thermal efficiency, exemplified by this project’s strategic planning and choice of materials. The four-bedroom, timber-clad home faces south to receive constant daylight and cross-ventilation via operable windows and a creative lighting scheme.

This Australian oceanfront home combines modern style with the stunning natural landscape using three different “zones” which can be closed off to save energy or seamlessly opened up to invite the beach vibes inside. The eco-friendly features of the OLA Studio-designed vacation home make the residence less of a guilty pleasure and more of a green retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Timber-clad walls in varying rustic colors draw the eye to the “Willow House” and the bright, open design makes the home inviting and warm. Cross-ventilation and daylighting are managed with external shutters and screens in certain rooms. Phil Snowdon, director of OLA Studio, says of the nearby ocean, “These views continue to hold your attention through the other rooms, allowing the intricacies of the dwelling to slowly reveal themselves.”

Solar panels provide the home’s electricity and rainwater collection tanks give the owner’s a supply of fresh water. White and tan travertine tiles in the outdoor pool on the spacious deck mimic the light, sandy beach nearby. The homeowners also recycled much of the furniture from their old home, creating a nostalgic space truly unique to their style while also roomy enough for any future family additions.

+OLA Studio / via Inhabitat

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