This garden house in suburban Adelaide was designed by architect-in-training Reuben French-Kennedy as a retirement home for his parents.

Willunga House is designed to work in harmony with nature, offering views of the surrounding landscape while minimising its carbon footprint through passive heating and cooling techniques.


Willunga House旨在與自然和諧相處,提供周圍景觀的美景,同時通過被動加熱和冷卻技術將其碳足跡降至最低。

At the same time, its form and layout are designed to be accessible as possible, making life easy and enjoyable for a couple in their later years.

“The challenge as I saw it was to create a home which successfully met the brief and all functional requirements, and adopted passive design techniques whilst achieving its own expressive architectural identity,” said French-Kennedy.



Windows were key to meeting the design work. French-Kennedy realised that, by locating the building to the rear of the site, he could create a spacious garden in front. The front elevation could then become a window wall, looking out over the garden to the view beyond.

“By strategically perching the building within the hillside, we were able to sit high enough in the landscape to capture the views, but low enough to avoid a balustrade on the deck, enabling an uninterrupted view from the kitchen and living space,” said the designer.

Windows是完成設計工作的關鍵。 French-Kennedy意識到,通過將建築物定位在場地的後方,他可以在前方創建一個寬敞的花園。 然後,前立面可能會變成一堵窗戶牆,從花園中向外眺望。

“通過策略性地棲息在山坡上的建築物,我們能夠在景觀中坐在足夠高的位置以捕捉美景,但又足夠低以免在甲板上圍欄,從而使廚房和起居室的視線不受干擾。” 設計師。

This wall of glazing not only offers views, but also captures heat from the sun, passively warming the interior during the cooler winter months.

To prevent the house overheating in the warmer summer season, large eaves provide shade when the sun reaches a certain height in the sky.



The 190-square-metre building is L-shaped in plan, wrapping the rear and side of the roughly rectangular site. It is organised over a single storey, apart from a garage slotted underneath at one end.

The interior is a mix of open-plan spaces and private rooms, designed to suit the couple’s needs both now and in the future.

這座190平方米的建築在平面圖中為L形,包裹著大致呈矩形的場地的後部和側面。 它被組織在一個單層的建築中,一端是一個車庫。


The kitchen, dining area and lounge all occupy the central section of the house, with a study space located in a partially screened area on one side.

The master bedroom suite occupies a more private area at the western end of the building. There’s also a guest bedroom, which could be used by a live-in carer, and a separate studio that can function as a workspace or as a living room.


主臥套房在大樓西端佔據了一個更大的私人區域。 還有一間客臥房,可供住家護理人員使用,還有一間獨立的工作室,可用作工作區或起居室。

French-Kennedy chose a simple palette of materials for both inside and outside surfaces. Galvanised metal creates a weather-proof skin around the exterior, while the terraces and interior spaces are lined with ash wood.

The floor is polished concrete, warmed by an underfloor heating system that is powered by rooftop solar panels and a hydronic heat pump.

French-Kennedy選擇了用於內部和外部表面的簡單材料調色板。 鍍鋅金屬在外部形成防風雨的外皮,而露台和內部空間則襯有白蠟木。


These material details are consistent in the fittings. The kitchen island boasts the same concrete aggregate as the floor, while countertops are made from wood.

“Whilst the building form is bold and contemporary, it is softened by the humble materiality of corrugated iron and timber, taking cues from an Australian building vernacular and the clients’ agricultural background,” said French-Kennedy.

Photography is by Peter Barnes.

這些材料細節在配件中是一致的。 廚房島與地板具有相同的混凝土,而檯面則由木材製成。


攝影是彼得·巴恩斯(Peter Barnes)創作的。



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