Beyond House: Sustainable Family Home by Ben Callery Architects

Beyond House by Ben Callery Architects

Designed by Ben Callery Architects, the Beyond House stretches typical terrace boundaries, making a sustainable house despite its heritage constraints.

Project description: The existing heritage house was south-facing, dark, cold, narrow and overshadowed by neighbouring walls on both side boundaries. It’s owners, a family of three, were detached from the world beyond. They are serious about sustainability and wanted the new addition to be naturally comfortable, using sun for heating, breezes for cooling, water harvesting, solar power, recycled materials (even re-using the old kitchen!) and integrating and indoor clothes-airer.

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We looked beyond the site constraints and beyond the typical spatial boundaries within a terrace house’s rooms and levels. Through the insertion of central void, adjacent to a multi-purpose studio space, opening onto a roof deck, the occupants engage with the world beyond – the sun, breezes, sky and trees. Internal planters and many carefully placed openable windows (internal and external) bring the external environment in from beyond.

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Rooms are openable to share light, breezes and views across the void. These elements break down the barriers typically within and around a terrace house to create social connections between occupants unified by the flexible open spaces and visual connections to the sky, tree-tops and now visible Ruckers Hill community beyond.

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The project makes use of a 3.5kW grid interactive solar power system, rain water harvesting, energy efficient lights and appliances, water efficient plumbing fittings and fixtures, and re-milled timber flooring.

Architects: Ben Callery Architects
Project: Beyond House
Location: Northcote, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Photography: Peter Bennetts

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