The Banksia House
The Banksia House
4 bed 2 bath
Set delicately amongst the coastal landscape, Arkular’s latest modular home is a comforting retreat inspired by the iconic Banksia integrifolia native to the surrounding landscape.
Reminiscent of the unique sculptural form of the natural flora, the segmented façade is symbolic of the intricate serrated leaves, with the design offering intrigue and delight through its distinct architectural identity.
Responsive and adaptable, the Banksia House harmonises with the varying coastal weather conditions, akin to the enduring nature of the native plant. Intentional orientation ensures the home is passively heated for seasonal comfort, with the angular form framing the picturesque views and maximising natural light and breezes.
Intended to architecturally accentuate and complement the natural curves of the surrounding landscape, the pool is the centrepiece of the outdoor living space. Landscaping by Daniel Tyrrell Landscapes unifies the home, with the inclusion of native species, curving paths and rolling green lawn sections.
Considered spatial planning ensures flexibility and versatility for evolving needs. Spare rooms for guests have been positioned for privacy, with sliding doors used to section off spaces or stay open for socialising and movement.
The measured design ensures the living spaces gently hug the outdoor area, maximising flow and blurring the boundaries between inside and out.
Internally, a rich material palette with hues of green and blue with warm timber accents align fluently with the site’s location. Kōbe Board cement bonded wood composite has been paired with robust Colorbond Ultra in Monument and Silvertop Ash to complement the natural landscape.
The installation of a solar panel system helps to reduce the home’s carbon footprint, contributing to lower electricity bills and long-term cost savings.
The home is also equipped with a 10,000-litre BAL water tank for bushfire risk management, in addition to a 2000-litre under-deck water tank for rainwater collection.
A Stûv 16 fireplace is a welcomed asset for the cooler months, providing a cost-saving advantage for the home, whilst giving a beautiful ambience and warmth to the living space.
We love the borrowed views out the back of the house and downdraft hot plates, so we have the big-picture window. We like how the inside/outside living works, the way the home captures the air and sun and how the house looks and sits on the block.”
“The kitchen is great for entertaining. It can accommodate several cooks and encourages people to gather around and participate. We have had multiple generations stay (and also several couples at a time) without the house feeling crowded. We love the location and shape of the pool and the way the house looks out onto it.
– Homeowners Mark and Carmel