Urban townhouse Underdale.
Recent images of an Energy Architecture design from many years ago. When we were first approached our clients they sought a well-priced ‘town house’ to fit their new block in Promenade, at Underdale.
The block is accessed from the south from Styles Place in a ‘rear loaded fashion’ and overlooks northwards to a pedestrian/cycle path, the linear park, and Torrens River.
Living Dining Kitchen face due north and connect with the outdoor entertaining space; courtyard separates this ‘pavilion’ from the balance of the ground floor, and the first floor areas, enabling access to north winter sun ‘behind/south’ of the Living area. Entry from the Street front is direct to the Living area at the ‘rear’ of the site, and sheltered by verandah as a form of ‘Entry statement’.
Built in ‘reverse brick veneer’ and exposing thermal mass in walls and floors to the entire ground floor area renders thermal comfort throughout, with additional support from hydronic in-floor heating. Upper levels lined in light weight concrete ‘Power wall’ surrounded by insulation, and clad with ventilated wall skin to reduce heat load (usual problem with light weight upper floor levels).
Climate Wizard cooling supports the maintenance of embodied cooler thermal mass through the worst of summer heat waves, avoids the humidity of evaporative cooling and the power costs of refridgerant systems.
The contemporary style fits in today’s subdivision types and requirements and its actual context.
The building fits snugly between adjacent homes, and revels in its connection with the ‘bush’ landscape of the linear park which is exquisite. It’s no wonder the family is often seen openly ‘living’ in the environment.