Cortes Kiln 2018

HOUSE NAME
Cortes Kiln
Address
Gapsted VIC 3737
Open
10am – 4pm
House Open Style
Open House – No booking required
Housing Type
Standalone House
Project Type
Retrofit
Designer
Whispering Smith Architect
Builder
Rocklea Builders by Pat Nannipieri
House Size
73m2
Number of bedrooms
1
Number of bathrooms
1

Cortes Kiln is an Airbnb weekender in the Victorian High Country nestled amongst the trees on a 94-year-old walnut farm, designed for couples to decompress and regenerate.

The project is a renovation of a 100-year-old brick tobacco kiln that had a timber and fibro shack added to its flank some time in the 1940s. We thought carefully about how we could keep the existing shack’s timber frame while repairing its awkward join to the kiln, and we used that new separation to bring in northern light by cladding the new joining roof in a translucent skin. We explored the need for the house to be separated into areas for heating and cooling, and made the living and sleeping areas highly insulated.

The lush internal green courtyard with an in-situ bath for guests, which is open to the hallway, is all about getting light and warmth into the house through the thinner transparent skin during the day, but is zoned-off during the night as the house contracts, for warmth. The cottage is about solar passive design – winter sun and access to lush, cool, green space in summer.

In addition, this sustainable house also features recycled timber, solar panels, thermodynamic hot water system, roof and wall insulation, ground-level gutters to reduce fire risk (plumbed to rainwater tank) and Bauwerk limepaint.

Designed by Whispering Smith Architect.

SUSTAINABLE FEATURES

Years Open
2017
2018
BAL Rating
N/A
Roofing materials
Metal (colorbond)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Double brick
Window and door types
Double glazing
Recycled and reused
Bricks
Timber
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Earthwool® ceiling batts
Rating: R3.5
Insulation - Internal/external walls
Type: Earthwool® ceiling batts
Rating: R2.5
Healthy home
Chemical-free cleaning products used
Cross-flow ventilation
Indoor plants for air filtration
Lime render/wash
Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
All electric home
No
Renewable energy
Thermodynamic hot water system
Water heating
Thermodynamic solar hot water system
Passive heating cooling
Cross-ventilation
Transluscent polycarbonate sheeting
Energy efficiency
Efficient appliances
Garden / Outdoors
Composting
Organic
Permaculture
Native plants
Water-wise plants