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Queens Drive

A small, low-standard and run down batch taking up a section with glorious north-facing sea views normally faces demolition, adding to landfill in the process. But with the structure still being in good condition, additions to the south and north were possible, allowing for the bach to be incorporated in a contemporary overall design which optimises sustainability features such as northern exposure, high insulation, solar water heating, on-site water collection, wastewater disposal and waste minimisation. By making best use of the sloping section and placing the northern addition on the lower level, a “solar shaft” (stairwell) was cut into the existing house. Concrete steps were used in this space as thermal mass for passive solar gains. This area is the main feature of the house as it connects old and new in a functional and sustainable way. A green roof adds to the exceptional sustainability standard this house achieves.