Built in Byron Bay, Australia, the East House designed by Built-Environment Practice shows exactly how an existing structure can be reconfigured into a contemporary beach house that doesn’t incur a huge carbon footprint. The passive house was built upon a brick house constructed in the ‘90s to create a modern home near that beach that displays a great affinity to the coastal environment without removing the inhabitants too far away from the comforts of a modern lifestyle. The passive house utilizes several solar elements to provide clean green power to the inhabitants while extensive, overlapping spatial zones are created within a thermal mass wall that is supported by timber screening, internal joinery and spatial interlocking ribbons.
The home comes with plenty of glass walls and large windows that allow the greenery outdoor to filter in while the timber roof and soft surfaces keep the tone inside the house light and fresh. The East House looks to reinforce the relationship of the inhabitants with the environment outdoors and provides its professional occupants the chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney to a home where they can actively pursue their passion for gardening, music, cooking, surfing and yoga. Sitting across a 10 miles stretch of the beach, the East house sits in a northern orientation to maximize its solar exposure and have the homes filled with plenty of natural sunlight through the day.