Welcome to the Jungle House
DARLINGTON, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA
Welcome to the Jungle House is the holistically sustainable home of CplusC Architectural Workshop’s director Clinton Cole, partner Hanne and their three children. The three-story home is built within a rejuvenated heritage façade of a long-unoccupied two-storey shop-top house sitting on a 98sqm triangular shaped corner site with north, east and west solar access and outlook.
Existing openings are framed in pre-rusted Corten steel, juxtaposing new perforations through the outer rendered masonry façade framed in gloss white powder coated steel.
The interstitial cavity between the outer masonry and inner glass skin of the home provides an abundance of light, outlook, privacy and thermal regulation to the upper living floors. An important tenet of the house, occupants can independently control their level of thermal comfort through a number of building layers such as the fully operable Breezway Glass Louvre Windows set as the inner skin of the home from the outer punctuated masonry façade. Galvanised steel planter beds provide the structural bracing between the two skins and are filled with plants that cool the incoming breezes via transpiration.
A 1600L aquaponics fishpond is linked in a cyclical system to the accessible rooftop of planter beds, providing the native Australian plants and fruit and vegetables nutrient enriched water caused by the edible silver perch (fish) that inhabit the pond.
2019 Awards – Welcome to The Jungle House
National Sustainability Awards:
- Winner – Single Dwelling
- Winner – Intelligent Building
World Architecture Festival:
- Highly Commended – House
Trends International Design Awards:
- Winner – Architect-designed New Home
Master Builders Association:
- Winner – Design Construct House
Photographers: Murray Fredericks & Michael Lassman
Owner, Architect & Builder: Clinton Cole
Company: CplusC Architectural Workshop