Strine Design – Ric Butt
Strine Construction
Rodrigo Vargas

4 Bedrooms
3 Bathrooms
3 Car Garage
North Facing Orientation

Green Architecture
Low Energy Rating EER 8 stars
Passive Solar
Precast Concrete
Living Area
House 229 m²
Garage 25 m²
Budget at time of build




The simple sculptural form emerges from the site like an ancient wave and is almost invisible from the road

A screen of native trees and shrubs offer privacy and protection from western heat and sunlight on the solid masonry walls. These walls provide a quietness and stillness not found in light weight houses. The brief provided by the original owners was to provide a bush garden oasis, cool, calm and cave like to promote a feeling of splendid isolation, a retreat and a place to contemplate nature.

Ideal for country living, this graceful energy efficient home features large open plan Family / Kitchen / Dining / Living area and study and bedrooms to the north and bathrooms, laundry and service areas to the south. Our solid highly insulated Thermal Panels provide a sense of warmth, stillness and security. Shading, ventilation and shutters to the north control summer heat gain and thermal mass, glazing, breezeways and insulation help maintain an ambient 18- 25 degrees all year round even in the coldest of winters with very little supplementary heating.

Solar House Day – Aug, 2013

  • Structurally, the building has a precast internal shell with high levels of insulation and some brick veneer cladding to various elements .The additional levels of thermal mass, insulation and glazing ensure this house requires minimal heating in winter and cooling in summer achieved through good cross ventilation.An articulated floor plan follows the contours of the earth and provides visual privacy.
  • Each room opens to another allowing no clear view straight through, rather a delight of discovery as you move through the house. Each room reveals surprising new views to the next and to outside. Living areas to the north and service areas to the south maximise the quality of living space. Heat gain in summer is controlled by shading , ventilation and shutters to the north, thermal mass and insulation helping maintain an ambient 20 -24 degrees all year round.The entry captures light and air using a two storey void to create an atrium with stairs to an open plan studio space offering wonderful views and light.
  • Corrugated steel internal linings accentuate the curved walls and add a playful tribute to vernacular Australian design and rural sheds. Central to the house is the ‘Grand ‘ room, the open plan living, kitchen and dining area with high vaulted ceiling and additional thermal mass in the form of internal nib blade walls and central solid brick chimney to collect, store and release heat overnight in winter. Dark tiles collect additional heat and reduce the glare caused by plentiful winter sun streaming through the expanses of northern glazing. Openings above central doors push warm air from the fire through to the eastern and western wings in winter.

Open House

  • This climatically appropriate design has been integrated into its site, microclimate and environment and the recent owners have given it a facelift and sensitively adjusted to meet their needs maintaining the integrity and character of the house.
    How to build a climate appropriate house in Canberra
    “Lessons from the past -information for the future”

    SOLAR HOUSE DAY TOUR – 18 August
    “Come join us on a road trip to view some of Canberra’s
    best solar houses from the past and the present”

    30 years after it was initiated in the ACT in 1983, the Institute is returning to a mid-winter Solar House Day to celebrate and demonstrate the work of local architects and their climate-appropriate and energy efficient housing for the Canberra region.

  • Solar House Day will feature architect’s contributions to the development of energy efficient passive solar and sustainable house design that responds to its climatic environment.
  • We welcome members of the public to attend the lecture and tours for more detail visit
Read about AIA Solar Day
Read Canberra Times Article

Our favourite room is the combined Living, dining and kitchen space, for its friendliness, the warmth in winter (with a lit fire), and the great ventilation in summer. The design provides comfortable living all year round. The overriding feature of the house is the access and views to the garden from almost any vantage point.

Mrs StoneClient

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What are the Benefits of a Sustainable home?

• Low Energy
• Low Cost
• Low Maintenance
• Sustainability
• Speed on delivery time

These modules are the outcome of decades of research and are built to last:

• Heavy weight using our unique highly insulated thermal panels*
• Fire resistant meeting most council requirements
• Have been designed to expand as your family changes and grows
• Are de-constructable in case you need to move or relocate
• Allergy free finishes options available
• Thermal panels provide high acoustic privacy
• Fast delivery and installation

What are the Standard Inclusions?

• Highly insulated sandwich constructed precast concrete walls
• Highly insulated burnished and sealed concrete floors
• Lofty raked ceilings
• Ceiling fans
• Fly-screens
• Quality joinery, fittings and appliances throughout

What are the Optional Extras?

• lnslab heating to south
• Terrace & pergola slabs
• Northern steel pergola
• Rainwater tank
• Photovoltaic solar electricity system
• Solar hot water system

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