Wonga Street House
Location | O'Connor, ACT
Date completed | December 2013
EER | 8 stars
Area | 180m²
Builder | Jigsaw Housing
Images | Rod Vargas
Awards | 2015 Australian Institute of Architects ACT Chapter: New Home Award - Winner
From brief to block
Their brief from the outset was clear – a simple, beautiful and sustainable home with flexible spaces that could adapt as their family’s needs changed over time.
Consideration of and connection to the landscape was also essential: the house is planned around a large deciduous tree; the north facing dining area flows seamlessly to the back yard via a generous deck; and windows throughout the home are positioned to carefully frame views to the garden.
The external material palette is restrained but expressive: cedar-framed windows and doors and the yellow clad sound studio/study space offset the predominantly grey brick and black shadowclad façade.
Inside, the concrete floor provides thermal mass, and a striking fireplace, formed in concrete along one wall of the lounge room provides extra winter warmth.
At the 2015 ACT Architecture Awards, this project received an Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New), and was shortlisted in the Sustainable Architecture Category.
3 bed, 3 living & 2 bath
766m² flat site with orientation of north to the side
Concrete bench incorporating built-in wood fireplace in lounge room
Third living area can be used as a multi-purpose space of guest bedroom
Extensive customised joinery including robes, kitchen, study and hallway storage
Separate study/music room with added sound proofing and storage
Floor finishes include; concrete, tiles and carpet
Northern facing timber deck and entertainment area
Tailored to the site and designed to our client's brief and budget
EER | 8 stars
High levels of insulation in walls (R2.5) and ceilings (R5)
Burnished concrete flooring with R1 insulation to slab edge and underside
Thermal mass of slab used to regulate internal temperatures
Vapour permeable building wrap to control moisture and reduce air movement past insulation
Testing to ensure building envelope integrity: thermographic inspection of insulation and fan depressurisation to ensure airtightness
8.2 air changes per hour at 50Pa (typical Canberra house 15-25)
Window and eave sizes optimised through scientific analysis and collaboration with architect
Small electric radiator panels for heating
Ceiling fans for cooling
PVC double-glazed tilt and turn windows
Timber double glazed windows
5000L rainwater tank
Evacuated tube solar hot water
3kW PV system
All communal/living spaces have northern glazing