underground house

Steels Creek, Victoria, Australia
Location
  • Steels Creek, Victoria, Australia
  • Year
  • 2011
  • This project page was created by community member alvyn williams

    A bushfire-resistant earthship-inspired underground home, using recycled bricks from the former dwelling lost in the Black Saturday fires of 2009. This warm and light home generates more energy than it consumes. Sheep are used to keep the grass short on the rooftop, and the north-facing greenhouse provides passive heating, and the perfect growing environment for tropical herbs such as tumeric, lemongrass and ginger.

    The home is used regularly as a classroom for high-school and permaculture classes, as an example of permaculture design principles, passive house design principles and carbon-neutral living.

    This project was featured on Grand Designs Australia.

    Design team:
    Alvyn williams

    Barry O'Brien

    Photographs:
    Ben Wrigley

    Sheep keep the grass short on the roof of the house

    Photo Courtesy of alvyn williams

    Master bedroom with lime rendered walls

    Photo Courtesy of alvyn williams

    Kitchen and living area opens out to the North-facing sunroom

    Photo Courtesy of alvyn williams

    The north-facing sunroom passively heats the home

    Photo Courtesy of alvyn williams

    Recycled bricks from a former home frame the arched windows

    Photo Courtesy of alvyn williams

    Simple low-maintenance landscape reflects the farm environment

    Photo Courtesy of alvyn williams
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