The Green Roof Prefabricated House – Aesthetic And Practical Design
Everything that is these days made in the field of constructions and elsewhere, such as the auto industry, is done with a view to minimize the impact on the natural environment. This is the case with today’s example, a house from Australia, built with the same objective in mind, to get closer to nature. Built in just six weeks and lying next to the ocean front, the green roof prefabricated house features a green roof which perfectly integrates into the landscape.
Designed and built by Australian design studio Archiblox, the Avalon House is a modular green-roofed home that was prefabricated off-site and installed on a coveted beachside property in under two months. Located in New South Wales, the green-roofed beach retreat has a low-impact environmental footprint, from the minimal construction waste to the use of FSC-certified timber, according to Inhabitat.com
The 106-square-meter house may be small in size, but is big on design, which builds on the illusion of spaciousness. The house, which is oriented to oceanfront views, is clad in FSC-certified blackbutt hardwood timber milled from sustainably managed forests and topped with a green roof that minimizes rainwater runoff and solar penetration. The south and east facades open up to an outdoor veranda that blends indoor and outdoor living. The modular home is raised on a set of structural posts and sits lightly on the sloping site to reduce water flow, according to the same source.
Its long and linear east-west orientation allows for panoramic ocean views and cross-ventilation. Windows are minimized on the south side, while large amounts of glazing wrap around the north facade for access to natural light. The bright and airy interior places an open-plan living area, dining space, and kitchen on one half of the home, while a master bedroom, a small two-bed bedroom, and a bathroom occupy the other half. Low VOC paints and natural oils were used throughout the interior.
Inside, the living room features custom built cabinetry that combines shelving, storage and a desk. The dark blue kitchen is brightened up with white counter tops and colorful pops of orange. In the bathroom, a large window provides an uninterrupted view of the ocean and beach below.