The hero of this house is a king post truss that opens the living rooms up to northern sun, making a tranquil inner-city retreat with low embodied and operational energy.
The owners wanted a house that would be resource efficient in construction and energy efficient in operation. They wanted a place of relaxation and refuge from busy working lives and the nearby bustling High Street.
The L-shaped Kitchen/Meals/Living room opens onto a north-west facing deck. The truss, spanning 7.3m across the width of the house, allows perpendicular sliding doors to open bringing natural light streaming in to the house providing passive heating and connecting all four zones without the hinderance of a structural post.
The king post truss is an expression of the values of doing more with less – efficiently achieving a large span with a low embodied energy. An engineered solution using natural materials detailed beautifully.
Ben Callery, Design Architect
Jennifer Payette, Project Architect
Metro Building Surveyors, Building Surveyor
Straw Brothers, Landscape Consultant
TGA Engineers, Structural Engineer