This house was designed for the owners of a section in the Eastbourne hills, who wanted their house to support their love for the land, climate and relaxed lifestyle. Passionate in the area of climate science, it was appropriate that their house embody an appreciation for the local weather and site conditions and sustainable building principles from the micro to macro scale.
Tse:Wallace began the project with a thorough analysis of the weather and sun patterns of the site. One aspect of this study was generating 3D animated sun study's at different times of the year. This would ensure that the spaces were positioned on the site to maximise sun where it was required. These studies and an appreciation for the spectacular views and wind direction informed the overall layout of the house. Together with the challenge of navigating a steep site that required the living level to be considerably higher than the level at the road.
The Tse:Wallace solution was to conceive the project as two separate pavilions connected with a partially buried link. The roof forms provide the project with its dynamic identity and also function to achieve maximum solar gain through mounted solar roof panels. Collection of rain water, incorporation of landscaping and vegetable gardens as well as the deliberate preservation of native bush around the site are further methods used to create a sustainable project.